The mission of Macdonald Center is to nurture the mind, body and spirit of Portland’s most vulnerable adults. We live out this mission through a variety of programs, including weekly in-home visitation, support services and our spiritual support program. To expand our ability to serve the physical needs of our members, Macdonald Center partnered with Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and launched a new pilot program this past fall.
This new pilot program brought a licensed, registered nurse who is earning her nursing degree at Linfield to Macdonald Center on a weekly basis. We were honored to host Suzanne Sandercock as the first nurse in this program.
During her time here, Suzanne has been instrumental in assisting our members with chronic health issues, such as diabetes and foot care. A large number of our members live with diabetes, which can lead to complications in circulation and subsequent foot issues. In response to this issue, Suzanne worked with our staff to develop an onsite foot care clinic, which we were able to offer to five individuals for the first time. These five members, while they have significant health and foot issues, were never able to receive this service before, due to insurance limitations. A foot clinic such as this dramatically improved the health and well-being of our members. In addition, Suzanne created an easy to understand diet and exercise information sheet for our members so that they can access healthy food options in Old Town and Downtown Portland.
When asked about her time at Macdonald Center, Suzanne said, “As a nursing student, I was drawn to this idea because I am a committed advocate for people as they receive care within the ever-changing healthcare system. This [pilot project] has been a natural extension to the mission of Macdonald Center as it reaches out into the community to provide a safe haven for people who lack continuity in their health care management. I have enjoyed my experience working with the Support Services staff, as it has integrated both my education and community awareness.”
When asked about the impact her time with Macdonald Center has had on her professional development, she said she has learned that “the individual, or the community member, should be approached and treated holistically. Solutions and plans for their health need to be based on collaboration between community resources, the individual, and the health care representative. My time with Macdonald Center has shown me the importance of this collaboration.”
Thank you to Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing and Suzanne for helping us to expand the care for the physical needs of our members!