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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Conducts Orientation For ‘No One Dies Alone’ Comfort Companion Program

Service Provides Volunteers to Stay with Dying Patients in Hospital So They Don’t Have to Be Alone at Time of Death

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Supportive Care Program will have an orientation and training session for its No One Dies Alone (NODA) program 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 in Rooms D and E at the hospital, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

Statistics show that nationally and in Michigan, more than one-half of all individuals die in hospitals. NODA provides volunteers to be with dying patients who have no family or friends or whose relatives and friends cannot be with their loved one at the time of death. Volunteers sit with and provide a comforting presence for these patients. The program ensures that patients die with dignity and in comfort.

Volunteers are asked to donate a few hours per month, and every effort is made to work with the volunteer’s schedule. Those who volunteer need not be a nurse or health care worker. However, nurses may earn six contact hours for attending the orientation. There is no obligation to volunteer after attending the training.

Participants who are not employed at SJMO also are required to have a two-hour volunteer orientation, which can be arranged after the Feb. 25 program.

Peg Nelson, NP-BC, PCM, Director, Inpatient Pain and Palliative Services, and Barbara Stephen, Supportive Care Services Coordinator, will conduct the orientation.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome. To register or for information, contact Barbara Stephen by email at, or by phone at 248-858-3399.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission-based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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