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Oswego Hospital Employees Create Comfort Bags for Chemotherapy Patients

OSWEGO, NY – To offer patients comfort during their chemotherapy treatments, several Oswego Hospital departments, with help from the company, Thirty-One, created 44 attractive bags that are brimming with useful and soothing supplies.

To offer patients comfort during their chemotherapy treatments, several Oswego Hospital departments, with help from the company, Thirty-One, created 44 attractive bags that are brimming with useful and soothing supplies. From left are: Amy Oralls, of the Emergency Department; Christy Cass, of the Health Information Management Department; Morgan Gualtieri, Emergency Department; Steve Thomas, of Upstate Medical University’s Oncology Department, which provides care at the Oswego Health Services Center; Terri France, Emergency Department; Margaret Beers, Emergency Department; and Karla Harpst, Health Information Management Department. Readers should note that this photo was taken on Halloween.
To offer patients comfort during their chemotherapy treatments, several Oswego Hospital departments, with help from the company, Thirty-One, created 44 attractive bags that are brimming with useful and soothing supplies. From left are: Amy Oralls, of the Emergency Department; Christy Cass, of the Health Information Management Department; Morgan Gualtieri, Emergency Department; Steve Thomas, of Upstate Medical University’s Oncology Department, which provides care at the Oswego Health Services Center; Terri France, Emergency Department; Margaret Beers, Emergency Department; and Karla Harpst, Health Information Management Department. Readers should note that this photo was taken on Halloween.

There are gloves and socks to keep hands and feet warm, word search puzzles to keep the mind occupied and candy for a little treat.

Margaret Beers, Oswego Hospital Emergency Department secretary and Thirty-One consultant, helped spearhead the effort.

“Thirty-One is a faith-based company and during October they encourage its consultants to support cancer care initiatives,” Beers said.

Half of the bags were donated by Beers, with the remainder by the Thirty-One consultants of New York State.

Contributing the supplies for each bag were hospital employees from the emergency and health information management departments, as well as the nursing supervisors.

Not only do these staff members know of the need for the bags, but also wanted to personally provide support to two staff members who are undergoing treatment.

The comfort bags were recently donated to the oncology department that provides care in a suite located in the Oswego Health Services Center, which is adjacent to Oswego Hospital.

Upstate Medical University offers chemotherapy treatments in suite 110.

The Syracuse-based healthcare provider also offers radiation services at Oswego Health’s Seneca Hill Health Center.

Steve Thomas, RN, the nurse administrator who oversees Upstate’s chemotherapy program at the HSC, said the bags are more than appreciated.

“Our patients often arrive at our suite anxious about their diagnosis and treatment,” he said. “The bags with their many comforts are certainly providing a warm and personal welcome to both the chemotherapy patient and their family members. These patients are so thankful for the thoughtfulness of Oswego Hospital’s staff.”