SEASIDE - A booklet detailing a day in the life of Oregon's Providence Health System features two stories from Providence Seaside Hospital.

The booklet chronicles 24 hours by highlighting diverse doctors, nurses, staff, administrators and services offered by the not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services and affiliated services. A team of 36 writers and photographers visited various sites observing the health system's work.

"From one side of the state to the other, from early morning to late at night, these images capture the mission and spirit of Providence," said Russ Danielson, Providence Health System Oregon Region's chief executive.

Providence Seaside Hospital is first featured at 5:25 p.m., when Morey Morehouse comes to visit his wife, Sandy at the hospital's extended care unit. The touching photo shows him kissing his wife's cheek before feeding her an evening meal. The Morehouses have been married for 60 years and he cared for her for 13 years before she moved into the homelike care facility.

"I'm in love with her," Morehouse said. "I visit her three times a day and feed her meals." The Morehouses have lived in Seaside for almost 60 years "or thereabout."

Providence Seaside Hospital's Community Care Clinic is featured at 7:18 p.m., which shows Dr. Gerardo Arnaez giving health advice to a patient. The free clinic offers basic health care to patients who cannot afford medical care, but aren't eligible for public assistance. Arnaez and other Providence physicians volunteer at the weekly clinic. If they can afford it, patients are asked to make a $5 donation to offset the cost of supplies.

"These are just two examples of what we do here," said Lori Swanson, North Coast service area assistant administrator. "It's all about the people. They are the most important part of what we do. I think that's what they've captured here."

The inside cover of the booklet also features a photo of Providence Seaside Hospital's Chief Executive Bill Sexton.

The booklet will be distributed among physicians, policymakers, community members and health care leaders who want to learn more about the health system. It joins another publication that is more specific to Providence Seaside Hospital, which is placed at the Chamber of Commerce, in local hotel rooms and other places around the community. Both booklets help the community understand the services that the hospital and health system offer.

"When you see a photo of a physician you know or a neighbor, it helps make that connection," said David Rainey, PSH's health and lifestyle center coordinator. "When you think of a hospital, many people see brick and mortar. But people and our staff are the heart of what we do."

To order a copy of the "A Day in the Life" booklet, call (503) 574-9334.


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