2008-07-25 / Community

SJEH Offers Access To CarePages.com

St. John's Episcopal Hospital now offers patients, their families and friends free access to CarePages.com, healthcare's largest social network to provide the emotional support needed for healing and well-being.

CarePages.com enables those involved in a health event to create private, Web sites for sharing health updates, photos and supportive messages. CarePages.com also has re-sources to help people cope with the emotional challenges of a health event, including inspiring stories, tools to meet others in similar situations, and practical tips and advice on "what to do" and "what to say" during difficult and stressful situations.

With this new service, St. John's Episcopal Hospital is in the forefront of a growing trend among healthcare providers to improve the overall patient experience by recognizing and meeting their emotional needs. A recent survey of nearly 900 caregivers and visitors to patient CarePages found that more than 92% said they would like to see healthcare providers be more proactive in providing emotional support. In addition, several clinical studies have concluded that emotional support can have a positive effect on the healing process.

For example, an article in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety (December 2003), reported that emotional well-being has been shown to be predictive of survival and functional independence among older patients.

CarePages helps St.John's Episcopal Hospital move forward on a key priority, increasing patient wellbeing and overall patient and family satisfaction. CarePages.com is integrated with the Hospital's Web site, www.ehs.org, and other patient services.

"St. John's Episcopal Hospital recognizes that communication and personal interactions can transform health- events into more positive experiences for all participants," said Eric Langshur, CEO, Care- Pages, Inc. "CarePages has helped millions of patients connect on a deeper level with their families, friends and other caregivers, and we are proud to welcome St. John's Episcopal Hospital into the Care- Pages community."

In addition to giving patients and families emotional support, Care Pages.com makes it easy for patients and families to recognize St. John's Episcopal Hospital staff members who have provided superior levels of care. The service also gives them the opportunity to support St. John's Episcopal Hospital's with donations and volunteer programs.

CarePages.com is secure and compliant with all HIPAA requirements.

It ensures that patients, families and healthcare providers are protected online through strict privacy policies, password-protection and visitor management tools for Care- Page Managers.

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