Augusta University
Sep 20

AU Health Center for Patients and Families

Organization Details

We anticipate every unique need of our patients and families and partner with them to ensure an exceptional experience- every person, every encounter, every time.


Being in the hospital at any time is difficult, but it is especially hard during the holiday season. Help spread comfort and joy to the inpatients at AU Health by purchasing blankets and donating them to the Center for Patients and Families. Blankets must be new (homemade items cannot be accepted) and can be any size, pattern or fabric. Also needed are clear cellophane bags (size 16″ x 24″ or 12″ x 16″) and rolls of tulle (holiday colors) for wrapping. 800 blankets will be needed to ensure all inpatients receive one.

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Blanket Drive


Providing exceptional care is a priority in AUMC, in times of life and in times of death. Providing respect and dignity to patients and their family members is part of the PFCC culture at AU Health and is embodied in staff member’s hospital wide. AU Volunteers will be asked to help collect items for our Butterfly Care. The Butterfly Cart is a care cart that offers support in the way of resources, therapeutic supplies, and daily living materials. When healing is no longer an option or viable, it is every staff member’s job to provide end-of-life care that is supportive, therapeutic and holistic in nature to both the patient and their caregivers. See Additional Details above for items need.

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Butterfly Cart


At AU Health, our top priority is the health and safety of patients, families and staff. This is important now more than ever given the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to promote a safe and healing environment and to save personal protective equipment for frontline staff, we are requesting handmade masks to give to non-clinical employees and families. By providing these masks to non-clinical employees and families, we are saving PPE for staff that are in direct patient care areas. We are also helping to uphold AU Health’s mandate that all coming to our hospital (staff, patients, family members, vendors, etc.) wear a mask during the entire duration of their visit.

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Handmade Masks


The Center for Patients and Families (CPF) provides inpatients and their caregivers with things to do while they are hospitalized to make their stay more comfortable. From games and puzzles, to craft supplies or even a journal to capture their thoughts and experience, we aim to provide ways to keep their mind and hands occupied. Patients and caregivers are asked to stay in their rooms right now to lessen the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This means a hospital stay can be even more challenging. Providing activities to help pass the time and provide entertainment will help promote healing and engage their mind in something other than their hospitalization.

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Comfort Cart/Boredom Buster Project


Being in the hospital is difficult anytime, but especially if you are missing a significant day with loved ones, like your birthday or anniversary. The Center for Patients and Families (CPF) helps to ease this by celebrating special occasions with inpatients. Collaborating with dietary and nursing staff, the CPF provides a cake and gift to inpatients so they can feel special, even while staying in the hospital. Almost daily, we provide a celebration of some sort (birthdays, anniversaries or end of treatment parties) with patients. Our department depends on donations to ensure this program will continue. Specific supplies needed include: Gift Bags, Tissue Paper, Blankets, Happy Birthday crown, Cozy Socks, Decks of cards, brain teasers, Sudoku puzzles, word finds, crossword puzzles, Adult coloring books, Colored Pencils, Pencils, Pencil Sharpeners, Hand Lotion, Happy Birthday Sign, and Poster Board.

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Patient Celebration Care Items