“Most people can relate to being sick—feeling tired, weak, and having no interest in eating, which is what many of our patients experience,” says Pam Swansboro, Director, Nursing Practice at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. “The problem is that proper nutrition is essential to the healing process and to overall wellness.”
To address this issue, Nursing and Volunteer Services at the facility are working together to implement a new Meal Mate program. “Our goal is to incorporate volunteers to assist patients with some of the most basic components of meal time, like opening cartons, cutting food, and simply conversing with a patient to encourage eating,” says Helene Gleason, Director of Volunteer Services. “And it doesn’t take much. Meal Assistance Volunteers would be asked to commit to just a few hours a week, but in that few hours, they have the ability to make an enormous difference in a patient’s hospital stay and life.”
There will be a Meal Mate informational and training session for interested individuals on Thursday, January 24, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Conemaugh Memorial’s Main Campus, 1086 Franklin Street, Good Samaritan Building, 1st Floor, Room GS1038. Free parking will be available in the North Garage. For more information or to if you would like to attend the session, please call Volunteer Services at (814) 534-3903.
For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121