Nevada Regional Medical Center boasts state-of-the-art medical care in many areas of treatment. It is possible to live in a high-tech world and be on the cutting-edge of patient care including end-of-life care.

If you ask, most people will tell you that their top two fears about dying are pain and dying alone. We all wish for a painless death in the presence of someone who cares. NRMC has protocols for end of life care that address the medical needs of patients while focusing on the specific needs involved in the dying process such as dignity, respect and comfort. These protocols allow for families to remain at the bedside of their loved one and yet not have to watch them suffer in their final days in this world.

But what about the person who has outlived his or her family or friends, or is a lone traveler, just passing through or by Nevada, who comes to NRMC after an accident? Why should people die without human companionship?

Mother Teresa said, “No one should die alone…each human should die with the sight of a loving face.” We can make this a reality at NRMC. We can provide companionship to patients facing the dying process who are alone, and in doing so, provide a gift, the gift of respect and dignity to another human being at the end of life.

For generations humankind has given comfort and dignity to those leaving this life. We recognize the need to attend to the end of life and as we do in the beginning, provide this kind of care as well.

NRMC offers the volunteer program No One Dies Alone (NODA) to patients . NODA is a program in which volunteers will act as “Compassionate Companions” by sitting with the patient, perhaps holding their hand, reading to them, playing soft music, providing reassuring presence at the bedside of a dying patient who would otherwise be alone.

Susie Platt