Burbank-based Logix Federal Credit Union and Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita have partnered on a program for the children of parents who have passed away: Teddy bears with recorders inside on which the sound of their loved ones’ heartbeat has been taped.
Team members record the sound of a terminally ill patient’s heartbeat on the bear and then give it to the children as a keepsake. The idea came from a group of employees in Henry Mayo’s palliative care program who purchased the first bear last year with their own money. Funds for additional bears were provided through a grant, and the program will be continued under Logix’s sponsorship.
“We are fortunate to have Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital provide exceptional care to Santa Clarita residents and credit union members,” Nick Mitchell, vice president of legal affairs and corporate counsel at Logix, said in a statement. “The palliative care bears they distribute to family members who have lost their loved ones is a testament to this commitment, and it is a privilege to sponsor such a worthy opportunity.”
““Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is grateful to Logix Federal Credit Union for sponsoring the Palliative Care Bear program,” said Marlee Lauffer, president of the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation. “We strive to exceed the expectations of those we serve, every day, every time. Support from corporate partners like Logix helps us achieve that goal.”