The Future of Whole Person Care

When we’re sick, we usually focus on our medical treatments. But what about our “personal” care? Are we getting the emotional and social support we need? Does our medical care reflect our values?

  • Setting the standard for whole person care

    Setting the standard for whole person care

    When we’re sick, we usually focus on our medical treatments. But what about our personal care? Are we getting the emotional and social support we need? Does our medical care reflect our values?

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  • Our family of organizations

    Our family of organizations

    What is Providence St. Joseph Health? We’re a family of organizations across seven western states that share a belief that health care is a human right. Learn more about us and where we serve.

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  • TrinityKids Care: Layla's Story

    TrinityKids Care: Layla's Story

    Facing an incurable disease, Layla's parents were able to care for their daughter until the end with the support of TrinityKids Care.

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  • Advance directives: Everyone needs one

    Advance directives: Everyone needs one

    Becky Brinda had known about advance directives for a long time; her husband had completed one after he was diagnosed with lung cancer. But when Becky herself was diagnosed with a serious disease...

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  • The Growing Season trailer

    The Growing Season trailer

    The Growing Season explores the very real experience of aging in America—both growing up, and growing old. Help us bring this incredible story to life.

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  • Dr. Byock on how illness is personal

    Dr. Byock on how illness is personal

    What is "whole person care" at all stages of life? How is illness personal?

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  • What is palliative care? Life-enhancing, supportive care

    What is palliative care? Life-enhancing, supportive care

    We hear the words palliative care and think end-of-life, hospice, impending death. Then we stop listening all together. Many think there are two separate roads in cancer care, one curative and...

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  • Right before I die, a digital gallery

    Right before I die, a digital gallery

    Portraits of people with serious illness sharing their loving wisdom, through the lens of renowned photographer Andrew George. These moving images would not have been possible without the help of...

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  • Palliative care is misunderstood and underutilized

    Palliative care is misunderstood and underutilized

    Dr. Ellyn Lee unveils the misconception in both the medical community and general public that palliative care is only for those near end of life and how patients are missing an opportunity early on...

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  • Why I became a nurse - Hear Me Now

    Why I became a nurse - Hear Me Now

    Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory as a teen of one day wanting to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that...

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  • What is hospice and what should you look for?

    What is hospice and what should you look for?

    Through National Hospice and Palliative Care Month every November, we’re reminded that now is the best time to learn about hospice when end-of-life care isn’t an immediate concern.

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  • The secret to life - Hear Me Now

    The secret to life - Hear Me Now

    Dr. Ira Byock and Dr. BJ Miller discuss being present, caring for the seriously ill, self-care and the secret to life.

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  • Talking advance directives with actress Shar Jackson and Dr. Ira Byock

    Talking advance directives with actress Shar Jackson and Dr. Ira Byock

    Actress Shar Jackson recently faced this issue when she and her family were forced to make care decisions for her ailing mother who did not have an advance directive...

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  • As parents age, families face questions

    As parents age, families face questions

    One of the best tools for gracefully handling the transitions that face your aging parents is communication. Talk to them.

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  • Doctors call for earlier palliative care for cancer patients

    Doctors call for earlier palliative care for cancer patients

    People who are being treated for advanced forms of cancer should be given care that will comfort and support them as the disease progresses, according to updated guidelines from an association of...

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  • How whole person care is changing the future of health and healing

    How whole person care is changing the future of health and healing

    Highly personalized care should be available to people of any age and stage of life. The Institute for Human Caring is working hard to ensure that happens.

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  • Advance directives: Make sure you get the care you want

    Advance directives: Make sure you get the care you want

    Do you know what kind of medical treatment you would want if you were seriously ill or unable to communicate your own wishes? Would your doctor or loved ones know what to do on your behalf?

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  • The new reality of physician-hastened death

    The new reality of physician-hastened death

    Thanks to advances in public health and treatments, people are living longer than ever. What’s needed now are bold policies to improve palliative care and hospice for those with serious illness...

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