Bryn Mawr Hospital and Bryn Mawr College Team Up For 'Helping Hands' Program
Post-baccalaureate pre-med students from Bryn Mawr College are assisting
Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Palliative Care Team in visiting patients on
weekends, as part of the college’s “Helping Hands” program. The
students, called PALS (Palliative Students), visit and assist assigned
patients with non-clinical needs. They also provide hospitality for
family members, such as getting them a beverage, snack or meal from the
cafeteria when they don’t wish to leave their loved one’s bedside in a
crises. If the need arises, PALS volunteers are available to assist
patients after discharge.
In 2008, one of Bryn Mawr College’s professors had stage 4 metastatic
breast cancer. When she arrived home after being hospitalized, and after
her chemotherapy treatments, she realized she needed help, so she worked
with Bryn Mawr Hospital oncology social workers Beth Bell and Ruthmary
Strohm and formed the “Helping Hands” group. The program has grown over
the years, with approximately 40 volunteers currently involved in the
“These students are now looking forward to a career in medicine,” said
Joanne Marciante, Bryn Mawr Hospital director of Volunteer Services.
“There are so many students willing to give of their time and talents
for this program. Some of these students are already assigned to
volunteer in the ED and Surgicenter, but will do visiting as well.”
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.