Cheerful Heart’s Wigs, Hats & Scarves Program must change to meet St. Joseph Medical Center guidelines. The Hospital Accreditation Agency’s enhanced infection control stipulates that only new items can be distributed at the hospital. To meet sanitary guidelines all used items have been removed from Cheerful Heart’s Resource Room.
The Joint Commission Accreditation On-site Survey (JCOM) visits hospitals every three years to be sure specific standards are met for proper patient care.
Anne Hoppie, Clinical Manager for Montana Cancer Center, visited the Polson Oncology Clinic on March 20. Anne credited quick work by Barbara Morin and Jane Holland, CH volunteers, for removing all used items. New items that did not arrive in packaging were put into plastic bags.
Current inventory of items available to cancer patients from the Resource Room include Knitted Knockers, hats and Comfy Chemo shirts. New wigs are also available through Cheerful Heart. Anyone interested in a wig should contact Barbara Morin, 883-3070.