This Free Web site Helps Keep Our Patients and Families Connected
The concept for CaringBridge was born in 1997 with Baby Brighid, a little girl who arrived three months early, weighing only one pound.
Sona Mehring was a dear friend of Baby Brighid’s critically ill mother and was tasked with keeping family and friends up to date on the conditions of both mother and baby. Instead of making numerous phone calls to each individual family member and friend, Sona decided to create a private Web site, where loved ones could access current information as often as they wished.
Sona’s daily postings made it easier for the recovering mother to rest and for the family and hospital staff to focus on caring for Baby Brighid and her mother.
The family also posted daily progress updates. Extended family and friends were able to communicate their love and encouragement through online messages. When, sadly, Baby Brighid died in surgery at nine days of age, this Web site became an avenue for family and friends to offer their condolences.
The idea behind Baby Brighid’s Web site evolved into CaringBridge—which was named for her.
As AAMC continues to work towards an environment of Patient- and Family-Centered Care, www.CaringBridge.org is a valuable resource for our patients and their families. Our patients can create their own website—free of charge, secure, and private—to provide medical updates, pictures and other information they wish to share with those close to them.
Don Jump, Auxiliary member and part of the Care Delivery Model Committee, has helped rally our Auxiliary partners to assist in the promotion of CaringBridge. As ambassadors to our patients and families, Auxiliary will help convey this information via cards and table tents.
Charge Nurses are also being provided with CaringBridge posters and post-it notes to share with staff, patients, and families on their units.
Look for the CaringBridge bulletin board in the cafeteria between July 11-16.
-Renee Lester, RN