The Limb Preservation Foundation’s Patient Care Program celebrated its three year anniversary in March! In the past three years, trained volunteers have visited over 1,500 patients at P/SL Medical Center. Volunteers visit to offer a listening ear and bring a ‘care bag’ filled with small items of comfort. The goal of the Patient Care Program is to provide encouragement to patients and their families as they face the challenges that come with limb- and life-threatening conditions caused by tumor, trauma or infection.
The Patient Care Program began as the idea of Kacey Johnson, a volunteer and friend of The Foundation. Kacey’s passion for helping others facing limb-threatening situations began 15 years ago when she nearly lost her arm due to a close range gunshot wound during the Columbine High School Shooting. Her shoulder was shattered. Thankfully, her arm was saved using a donor allograft, a bone from a tissue donor.
Through her own experience and her involvement with The Foundation, Kacey realized there was a great need for support among individuals and families facing serious extremity conditions. This realization grew into the volunteer-based Patient Care Program we know today!