Medical City Alliance April 25, 2016

MCA draws health care providers from around the world for specialized training

Medical City Alliance, already highly regarded for excellence in medical patient care, spent time this week training health care professionals from around the world on bereavement care. Medical City Alliance partnered with Resolve Through Sharing®, a program of Gunderson Medical Foundation, to participate in Resolve Through Sharing® bereavement training, a course dedicated to training nurses, chaplains, social workers, physicians, child life specialists, and other health care professionals who provide bedside comfort to patients and families.

Medical City Alliance hosted the week-long training session at their facility in north Ft. Worth. Attendees traveled from as far away as Japan to attend this specialized training event.

“I am very excited that our hospital is taking an innovative approach by hosting this training,” says Joan Lawhorn, LMSW-IPR, social worker for Medical City Alliance. “It is important for health care professionals to know how to properly help families through bereavement when they experience a loss.”

While health care providers are trained in best clinical practices designed to improve and sustain life, instruction that helps families dealing with loss is an important aspect of comprehensive and compassionate care.

“Sometimes, health care providers are unsure of how to provide the very best care to patients at the end of life,” says Jane Heustis, RN, CPLC, course trainer with Resolve Through Sharing. “As health care providers, we are unsure of what to say, how to say it, and how to demonstrate the kind of care we really want to give to provide the best patient experience possible.”

“I was very passionate about bringing this training to the hospital,” says Summer Hughes BSN, RNC, Director of Women’s Services for Medical City Alliance. “This is the only training I have seen that encompasses the entire family as a whole during a difficult and tragic time. This training equips these health care professionals to be ready when one of their families is affected.”