The Norma F. Pfriem Foundation has granted an extraordinary opportunity for patients and families to have the luxury of a first-class bed, upon their arrival. The Connecticut Hospice, Inc., the first palliative teaching hospital, who received the first Advanced Palliative Care certification in the United States of America, became the recipients of an enormous gift.
A beautiful bed for each patient and family with a state-of-the-art mattress, as envisaged in the finest homes in America, arrived for our bedrooms on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
As Spring evolves, our Norma F. Pfriem beds, together with our precious patients, will be seen on the Norma F. Pfriem Promenade. The Norma F. Pfriem Promenade, goes right to the sea and in their new Norma F. Pfriem beds, our patients will be able to sit up and enjoy the splendor of sunrises and sunsets with their families.
One of our housekeepers, Luis, said that this would be “beautifully best for families.”
Co-Chairman of the Board and of the Professional Advisory Committee, Dr. Wayne Southwick, M.D., together with Dr. Wen-Jen Hwu, M.D., Ph.D., Board of Directors and Chairman of Professional Advisory Committee, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology and United States Chairman of Woman in Cancer Research, and member Chief William Farrell, who is also Chairman of the President’s Circle, “never has a gift been beamed more intensely at our patients and families.” The only exception was 14 years ago when Norma F. Pfriem, herself, granted the state-of-the-art beds to each patient and family.
The nursing staff all participate in the International Norma F. Pfriem Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing, has enabled over sixty-eight (68) of the nurses to sit and pass their national boards in hospice and palliative care and thirty-three (33) of our certified nurses aides.
Some of those staff, pictured here in their ta-dah mode, were the very ones who selected the first* state-of-the-art, ICU superbly crafted mattress to support the remarkable patients that we are honored to care for.
The luxury of this support is only matched by the magnificence of the Norma F. Pfriem nursing staff at the Hospice, as “The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. will celebrate its 40th Anniversary, or in a place where every minute counts, its 21st Million Minute, “Operation Blessings”.
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