Creating art has always been an important part of Sonia Torres’ life. Knitting and crocheting brings her peace, tranquility and joy. When she was diagnosed with cancer in December 2013, this artistic outlet allowed her to focus on her recovery. Because of the difference art has made in her life, Sonia now attends weekly art activity groups at Swedish Covenant Hospital’s cancer center to help others through their journey.
You can make a difference in the well-being of a patient by donating to support programs that heal the body, mind, and soul.
Diagnosis of a chronic disease or serious illness can often cause sadness or depression. It can affect the patient, friends and family. To help during these difficult times, Swedish Covenant Hospital offers holistic services, including art groups, pastoral care and social and support groups. Thousands of patients accessed these services last year.
These ancillary services aren’t reimbursed by insurance. We can only provide them because of the generosity of donors. With the recent state budget cuts, we need your help now more than ever. Your support gives us the resources we need to bring these programs to patients free of charge.
We see the difference these programs make in the lives of our patients every day. Recently we invited jazz musicians to perform on one of our inpatient units. One of our patients arrived 15 minutes early because he was so looking forward to the performance. He was talking with staff about the performance and joking about with whom he would to dance. Shortly into the performance, two visitors arrived – a man wheeling a woman in a wheelchair. It was the patient’s family! The man wheeled the woman next to our patient, and they held hands. This moment provided a little bit of light into the healing process and brightened the patient’s outlook.
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Thank you, in advance, for supporting holistic care at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Your compassion will transform lives.