St. Joseph's Hospital in Elmira offers Web options for communication - Catholic Courier

St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira offers Web options for communication

Thanks to the power of the Internet, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira is offering new possibilities for enhanced communication during a loved one’s hospital stay.

St. Joseph’s has begun a partnership with CaringBridge, a charitable nonprofit organization that provides free Web sites for sharing patient information with families and friends. These sites enable a designated individual to provide health updates, post photos, and receive messages of hope and encouragement in a guest book. Centralizing communication in this way helps cut down on the amount of phone calls and e-mails that would otherwise be required to keep loved ones informed. To learn more about this initiative, visit and click on the CaringBridge link.

In addition, St. Joseph’s pastoral-care department recently launched a prayer-intention service on the hospital’s Web site. This is available for current patients at the hospital as well as discharged and non-St. Joseph’s patients. Submitted requests automatically become included in the St. Joseph’s The Healer Chapel prayer book. All those intentions are remembered during daily rosary and Mass, which is televised throughout the hospital’s closed-circuit network. Individuals submitting the prayer requests are encouraged to respect a patient’s privacy by not including confidential information in their intentions.

Yet another service offered through the hospital’s Web site is the opportunity to send an e-card. By clicking on that link, you can create, customize and deliver a card offering a message of "get well," "congratulations" or "thinking of you."

EDITOR’S NOTE: St. Joseph’s Hospital also has a fan page on Facebook, a channel on YouTube and a page on Twitter.

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