If you hadn’t expected your trip to the hospital then probably not, but here at Valley Medical Center we have you covered from head to toe! Valley staff members Tammie Williams and Amanda Lawson from the Case Management and Outcomes departments have pioneered a better way to store and supply clothing to patients in need of clean and comfortable clothes upon discharge from the hospital.
While clean clothing donation has been a part of Valley’s workflow for decades, Tammie and Amanda knew there was a better way. Clothing donations used to come in just from families or local organizations, leaving inconsistencies in the size and condition of available clothing. Since many patients may come to the hospital with clothing that has been cut or torn, become dirty, or does not fit over a cast or new medical equipment, it had been difficult to find suitable clothing pieces for each individual. Additionally, when home is far away it can be challenging for friends or family to make the long trip to gather clothing and supplies when their loved one is in the hospital. In these cases, Valley has a generous stock of black sweatshirts, sweatpants, socks, and even men’s and ladies’ undies! Our Clothing Closet supplies are purchased brand-new with funds donated by Retirement Connection, a local resource for seniors that hosts vendor fairs to connect the community and raise money for Seattle area healthcare organizations.
Not only do we want our patients leaving the hospital healthier, “we want them feeling better going out than coming in, with confidence and dignity,” says Tammie. Now with Tammie and Amanda’s Clothing Closet, we can ensure the availability of a comfortable and clean outfit in every size to fit all! When it comes time to roll out the front door on your way home, we will send you down the path to better health in style.