"Patients love it! Students and patients have a special connect. Our Hospice families have given the Living History stories at the funerals. They take a lot of time to make sure they are just right. It’s such a great way to give something special to our patients."

Tammy Miller
Patient Relations
Deaconess Health System
Evansville, Indiana

"Being asked to interview a patient and write their living history is like going to the doctor and hearing, "Everything's fine. You just need to eat more hot fudge sundaes."

Kathy Morrish
Great River Medical Center
West Burlington, Iowa

"Sheila brought Living History to our organization and what an impact it has had. Our hospital patients, nursing home residents and families love the personal touch. One thing I did not expect was what a positive impact it had on our State and Joint Commission surveyors. We have even had families use these wonderful stories at funeral services because they speak to the life in such a personal way."

Ada Bair, CEO
Memorial Hospital & Hancock County Nursing Home
Carthage, Illinois

"We have expanded the program again, and we now having Living History Volunteers for three Nursing Units. The Junior Volunteers this summer have been outstanding...and many are staying through the school year. Hospice has their own specially trained volunteers...and this is going to be such a great fit! Thanks again for all of your help and support!"

Tammy Miller
Patient Relations
Deaconess Health System
Evansville, Indiana

"So thankful to have met you and the Living History Program. We are changing the way we connect with people and their personal life. My people have appreciated the extra attention. I appreciate getting to reach out to them and return a story. Thanks you so much for having the vision to do something so caring."

Debbie Cook
Organizational Development & Community Health Education Services Assistant 

"We LOVE gathering and writing Living Histories with our program participants. It turns the medical lens around and lets us focus on their gifts, strengths and abilities as opposed to deficiencies. I promote it as often I can to individuals and audiences at conferences.

We even did one in Braille for one of our patients with blindness."

Melissa Smith
Program Coordinator
Aging with Purpose