High-Risk Unit Care Partner
At St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, we recognize how important friends and family are to the healing process.
That’s why we offer the Care Partners Program developed by Planetree – an internationally recognized leader
in patient-centered care.
The Care Partner Program allows each patient to choose a family member or friend to be closely involved with his
or her healthcare experience. It may be a spouse, a significant other, a family member or a friend. As a Care Partner,
that individual lends support during the healing process, even staying overnight with the patient if needed.
The Care Partner Program is just another way we’re creating an empowering healing environment at
St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, where every patient is supported and nurtured in body, mind and spirit.
If your concern is not resolved, call 338-8888.
Being a Care Partner: The Basics
Being a Care Partner can be a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience. The following are just a
few ways you can make a positive impact on the healing process for the patient in your care.
In the High Risk OB Unit:
- Listen to the patient and caregivers; ask questions and share any concerns
- Ask for further explanations of medical procedures so that you and the patient can make informed decisions.
- Clarify acceptable pain tolerance with the patient and notify caregiver when pain is not within those parameters.
- Help with ordering meals within physician’s orders. Obtain fresh ice chips or fresh water within physician’s orders.
- Read to patient, assist with phone calls and help monitor visitors to promote a restful atmosphere.
- Encourage the patient to take advantage of educational opportunities at the bedside, on the Internet or TV, craft room, pet therapy, etc..
- After birth, remain in the room to assist the mother with the baby.
- Reposition pillows and assist patient with changing position in bed.
- Keep bedside table clutter-free and keep personal items within easy reach.
- Assist with restroom and showering needs as well as walking in the halls or riding in the wheel chair as permitted by physician’s orders.
- Be an active participant when follow-up home care instructions are given.