Health & Hope Spring 2018

Health & Hope is a newsletter designed to educate and inspire Western Montanans on life-saving procedures, community events and services to keep you and your family healthy.

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U P F R O N T W I T H P R O V I D E N C E M O N T A N A Health & Hope is a publication of Providence Health & Services Montana, 500 W. Broadway, Missoula, MT 59802. Copyright © 2018 by MANIFEST LLC. All rights reserved. Information in this publication is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or advice contained in this publication. If you have questions about this publication, please call 406-329-5742. Cover photo by Mark Bryant. Going to the Dogs: PAWS PET THERAPY PROGRAM Pet Assisted Wellness Services (PAWS) at Providence St. Patrick Hospital began last fall in the mornings in the fth and third oor waiting rooms. Animals can create a sense of calm in dif cult circum- stances, such as a hospital setting. Patients, visitors, family members and caregivers welcome the distraction away from waiting or anticipated medical procedures. Research shows that a person's blood pressure decreases and sense of well-being increases when touching, talking to and petting a dog during a brief visit. The program aligns with the healing Mission of Providence by sharing the unique bene ts of the human- animal bond with patients, visitors and employees. The handler, Marcene Coburn, works with brother and sister Labrador-golden retrievers, both certi ed through Pet Partners, a national organization that provides training for therapy animal handlers. QUALITY MATTERS Providence Montana continues to excel in safety, quality and patient satisfac- tion—and the proof is in high ratings on several national reporting platforms. For the third time in a row, Providence St. Patrick Hospital earned an "A" safety grade from The Leapfrog Group. St. Pat's was one of 823 hospitals nationwide to earn the distinction, demonstrating caregivers' commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. Both St. Pat's in Missoula and Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Polson ranked highly in the Star Ratings report published in December by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The report scores hospitals on quality, safety and patient sat- isfaction. St. Pat's was one of two hospitals in Montana to earn a score of ve out of ve stars. St. Joe's earned four out of ve stars—one of ve hospitals in the state to achieve this level. For the 10th time, St. Pat's was named one of the Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals (formerly a Truven Health Analytics program) for its delivery of high-quality, cost-effective cardiac care. St. Pat's was also named one of Healthgrades' America's 100 Best Hospitals for Specialty Care in spine surgery in 2017, in recognition of perfor- mance in the top 5 percent nationally in the specialty. WANT TO KNOW MORE? For details about the PAWS program at St. Pat's, call Diane Lanning, manager of volunteer services, at 406-329-5801, or email her at Going to the Dogs: The PAWS puppies— Polly in pink, Charlie in blue—are ready for their close-up! DOGS: MARK BRYANT; STETHOSCOPE: GETTY IMAGES 2 | HEALTH & HOPE SPRING 2018

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