TERRE HAUTE -- On Tuesday, Union Hospital announced it had set up a partnership with CaringBridge, a nonprofit web service that connects families and friends when someone is facing a serious medical condition, treatment or are in recovery.
A CaringBridge website provides a place for users to post journal entries and photos, and receive messages of hope and encouragement in a guestbook.
Free, personalized CaringBridge websites connect loved ones during medical crisis.
"This partnership enhances our patient and family support system," Union Hospital Public Relations Manager Kristi Roshel said. "Having a CaringBridge website to post updates, instead of fielding numerous phone calls and e-mails, allows families to focus their time and energy on the person who needs them in their time of healing."
More than 140,000 personal CaringBridge websites have been created to date, generating more than 880 million visits. The free service is funded by individual donations and hospital and collaborative partnerships.
To access CaringBridge, visit Union Hospital's website at www.myunionhospital.org and click on the CaringBridge logo.
"Hospitals and facilities quickly see uplifted spirits and reduced call levels when CaringBridge is used for patient and family communication," CaringBridge partnership manager Judy Trucano said. "We're excited that Union Hospital has joined our mission to bring together a global community of care."
CaringBridge is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that offers free personalized websites to those wishing to stay in touch with family and friends when facing a serious medical condition, treatment or recovery. It connects more than 20 million families each year.