Hear Me Now

Providence Health and Services Alaska and Alaska Public Media are engaged in Hear Me Now, a partnership between the Providence Institute for Human Caring and StoryCorps to record interviews with patients, families and caregivers. Storytelling and listening have proven clinical value. They also are keys to whole person care, which addresses emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial comfort, as well as medical needs of patients and the people who care for them.

Asia Harmeling and Ralph Pasana talk about why they chose nursing. Ralph shares the memory when, as a teen one day, he wanted to spend time with friends rather than care for his grandmother and how that episode influences his work as a nurse today. LISTEN HERE

Bryant Skinner talks to colleague, Sara Lovell, about his work with Alaska CARES, a children’s advocacy center. During therapy, one young girl’s drawings affirm his belief that there is hope for healing. Patient permission was granted to share this story. LISTEN HERE