St. Mary Mercy Hospital

St. Mary Mercy Hospital continues its strategic focus on improving services for senior adult patients through the implementation of a program aimed at preventing and managing delirium. Delirium places patients at greater risk for functional decline, falls, nursing home placement and even mortality. The hospital program of nurse-driven screening and prevention protocols requires the support of specially trained volunteers (PALs) who will provide socialization, mealtime stimulation and assistance, therapeutic activities and daily exercise. Funding will support the role of a part-time volunteer program coordinator.