The Winston-Salem Foundation pledged its support for the Family House Education Program for a third year with a $20,000 grant!
This grant, funded by the Frank E. Llewellyn T.B. Fund , will partially support the Manager of Educational Services, Dottye Law Currin, MPH.
“Thank you for inviting me to share my story with your students. I may have babbled way too much, but it was like the dam had been broken and my thoughts and words were gushing forth…. As I spoke, there was eye contact which, for me, is very important. There were smiles when appropriate and hugs at the end of the session. It was very easy to tell my story when I knew people were interested in what I had to say.” ~Caregiver Participant
Key Accomplishments of the Education Program:
- Continued positive feedback from families and students.
- Family House guests participating to date: 134
- The number of students participating to date is over 400: medical students (155), physician assistants (89), nursing (176), and chaplains (19).
- Teaching sessions have expanded to two evenings per week during the semesters that academic schedules have overlapped for participating institutions.
- Expansion of volunteer faculty to 14.
- Expansion of program to include nursing students from Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University.
- Presentation on the Education Program at national conference of Hospital Hospitality Houses.
- Publication in “Really Good Stuff” section of the Medical Education Journal.
What is next in 2014? The CHEST Foundation granted the Family House $5,000 to produce a series of videos to help caregivers and patients learn about these topics:
- How to Navigate the ICU Landscape
- Demystifying the Role of the Hospitalists
- Caregiver rights
- Advance Directives: Who Needs Them and Why