DI Makes Virtual Reality Dreams Come True for Hospice Patients
Virtual Reality Dreams Come True for Hospice of St. Francis Patients
Brevard County, FL —
Hospice of St. Francis, a Brevard County, FL provider of hospice, palliative care and grief support services has announced that it is one of the first healthcare providers on the East Coast to offer Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences to patients.
We caught up with the Lead Bereavement Coordinator, Kristie Henry – Roling MSW to understand the purpose of program. “Many of our patients share their feelings of sadness about having missed out on fulfilling their dreams. From seeing different aspects of nature, to attending the Honor Flight trip for our veteran patients. Our patients long to be able to experience those events. Through our new Virtual Reality Experiences program, we can offer them the opportunity to experience those things from the comfort of their homes or wherever we are caring for them.”
According to Dr. Elizabeth Galfo, Chief Medical Officer of Hospice of St. Francis , they’re very excited about being able to enrich the lives of our patients with this VR experience. We build very special relationships with our patients, their family members and caregivers. Furthermore,we want to do everything we can to support their quality of life. We accomplish this by providing excellent care, as well as creating meaningful experiences whenever possible. Virtual reality experiences help make dreams come true, while improving the comfort and well-being for those we serve.
Making the Virtual Reality Dream Come True
Hospice of St. Francis is collaborating with Design Interactive, Inc.(DI) to help patients accomplish their dream. Sam Haddad, DI’s Augmented Reality Technical Fellow is helping guide the organization through the introduction of the new service. In addition to, the soon-to-follow plans for expanding the program.
We caught up with the President and CEO of Hospice of St. Francis, Joe Killian for his feedback on the program. “Sam and his team at DI will assist us in developing all the aspects of our program so that we can provide patients the experience of attending special events through the use of VR technology. Additionally,we believe this project is a wonderful way to fulfill our mission of uplifting lives. Therefore,we strive to do something they have always dreamed of, and thought was beyond their reach during their lifetime due to illness. This program is very rewarding for all of us.”
Haddad said his team is already at work on developing the Augmented Reality (AR) aspects of the program to enhance educational options for the Hospice of St. Francis staff. “Using next-generation AR technology, healthcare instructors can show digital content in the real world. The instructors can overlay virtual images using real equipment and situations. Therefore, this level of augmented training will greatly enhance the current training beyond simple printed procedures or even videos. Trainees can now see and interact with relevant information on demand keeping their hands free to perform procedures, build muscle or mental memory which enhances knowledge retention.”
In conclusion, the Hospice of St. Francis Foundation is providing the seed money for the program. Dorothy Allen, Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Foundation cited the Fund the Future Inner Circle, a special group of our donors committed to innovation for establishing the fund. “The individuals who set aside these funds were forward-thinking and believed that we could use technology to add an important dimension to the patient experience. We thank them for their foresight and generosity,” said Allen.
For an update on this program, read our blog here.
About Hospice of St. Francis
Hospice of St. Francis is Brevard County’s longest-serving and only independent not-for-profit hospice. For more than 40 years, the staff and volunteers of Hospice of St. Francis have served with passion, kindness and have consistently demonstrated a commitment to excellence. For more information visit: www.HospiceOfStFrancis.com