Inspire Magazine Spring 2017 - Page 25

BLANKETS FROM THE Heart 2016 Pali Momi Foundation Donors $100,000 & Above  First Hawaiian Bank Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Gregg & Carol Kokame $50,000 - $9,999  D. Suehiro Electric, Inc. Clyde T. and Holly Kaneshiro $10,000 - $24,999  First Hawaiian Bank Kokua Mai Campaign Henry's Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc. Craig, Emily and Grant Kuraoka $5,000 - $9,999  Anonymous Community Planning and Engineering, Inc. Ms. Vicki L. Gaynor Beth Hoban James T. Kakuda, MD and Michelle H. Miyashiro, MD David and Kellyn Okabe S. Saito Family Charitable Fund Yuaikai Medical Foundation $1,000 - $4,999  Anonymous ABC Corporation Advantage Health Care Provider Inc. Ms. Maria Lourdes J. Akagi Ms. Gwen A. Akimoto All Island Case Management Corporation Ms. Gloria J. Brooks Ms. Charlotte P. Carahasen Jen H. Chahanovich Dr. Julie A. Chang and Dr. Christopher McEvoy Charles R. Ching and Colleen I. Wong Electricians, Inc. Mr. Jack W. Fairchild Mr. Brandt G. Farias Dr. and Mrs. Alvin Fuse Mr. and Mrs. Art Gladstone Gordon and Anita Nihei Ms. Jocelyn L. Granier Ms. Raina E. Haarz Ms. Nancy J. Hanna Russell N. Harada, MD Hawaii Pacific X-Ray Corporation Mr. Lawrence T. Higa Ms. Fumiko J. Horii Dr. Alvin K. Ikeda and Dr. Raquel Chan-Ikeda Mr. and Mrs. Dennis K. Ikeda Integrated Pest Management, Inc. James* and Caroline Ishii & Family Ms. Jeanette M. Ishikawa Andrew and Jill Kawano Hiram and Christi Keliipio Mrs. Patricia Kurisu Ms. Gail Lerch Mr. Robert E. Mace Brigitte and David McKale Jeanette Kaneshiro is leading local crafters who are sewing blankets for patients. BATTLING A SERIOUS ILLNESS IS A FRIGHTENING ORDEAL FOR ANYONE. NOW, PATIENTS AT PALI MOMI MEDICAL CENTER ARE RECEIVING A HANDMADE GIFT THAT LOCAL VOLUNTEERS HOPE WILL HELP PROVIDE COMFORT DURING A STRESSFUL TIME. Blankets from the Heart are a special keepsake for patients, their family and caregivers. The new program was introduced by the Palliative Care team as an extension of care for patients. Each blanket is hand-crafted and donated by people in the community. “When I’m cutting pieces of material or stitching pieces together, I imagine patients using the blanket,” said Jeanette Kaneshiro, a volunteer at Pali Momi Medical Center. “It’s important to me that I’m thoughtful in my steps so whoever receives the blanket can sense what went into making it.” The retiree has always enjoyed sewing, and first started making blankets for people she knew with cancer. After recruiting friends and fellow crafters for Pali Momi’s blanket program, her favorite hobby has given her a new special purpose. “I have been fortunate enough to be healthy,” she said, “It’s the least I can do.” The Palliative Care team encourages patients to use the blankets in the hospital as a form of comfort. The colorful treasures also serve as a visual reminder to clinical and non-clinical staff of the delicate and emotional situation that families are dealing with. “This blanket adds to our efforts, bringing a human touch to the bedside and sometimes a feeling of home,” said Dr. Emese Somogyi, a palliative care physician at Pali Momi. “It’s a symbol of warmth and compassion.” Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life, helping with advance care planning discussions and providing emotional support to patients and their families. The Palliative Care team of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains and others assist families with facilitating coordinated care and navigating complex medical decisions and other potential challenges. “We can never underestimate a gesture like this and what it means to a family who may be close to losing a loved one,” said Dr. Somogyi. “I am thankful to Jeanette and all of the community donors, especially O`ahu Mortuary, who have touched this project to make it so impactful.” “It’s such a rewarding feeling,” Jeanette said. And every blanket she sews receives a signature loving touch. Jeanette adds a small heart, sewn by hand, in the top corner. “The heart reminds people that these blankets were stitched with aloha.” 25