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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital offers compassionate companions

Published: Sunday, May 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

ELMHURST – As part of its Planetree philosophy of patient care, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital is offering volunteer companions to dying patients without family.

No One Dies Alone (NODA) was created by Sandra Clark, a nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon in 2001, and began at Elmhurst hospital in April 2014.

More than 40 volunteers from the hospital staff and volunteer department have been trained and certified to be Compassionate Companions for those patients dying who have no families or whose families who cannot be at the hospital.

When a NODA vigil begins, the Compassionate Companions sit at the patient’s bedside in two-hour shifts, with a comfort bag that holds inspirational readings and an iPod to play music.

For more information, contact Chaplain Don Dahlheimer at, or 331-221-0451.

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