In 2008, various activities unraveled themselves in the Center about which we would like to offer more information.
Activities that took place in 2008 :
254 persons were interned by December 31st, 2008
2842 of hospitalization days were realized
80% of patients were from the oncology category
20% of cases suffered from other afflictions
the average hospitalization period was 11 days
Throughout this year, specialized personnel participated in various formation courses in addition to various conferences, both local and national. In addition, numerous events were organized within the Centre.
On February 23, 2008, representatives from the Centre actively participated in a symposium organized by the Order of Medical Assistants in Timisoara. They presented the Centre and offered information regarding palliative care as well as the ongoing activities.
During the Lenten Season, Father Wonerth Laszlo led the Stations of the Cross twice weekly at three o’clock in the afternoon. Patients, volunteers, collaborators and employees alike participated in this devotion.
For the Center’s employees and collaborators, Spiritual Exercises were organized between March 3 and 6, 2008. Father Jose de Vela from the community Brothers of the Holy Cross held various lectures on human suffering and the rediscovering of the meaning of suffering in face of a terminal illness. This time of spiritual formation helped us to understand with more depth the suffering of our patients.
Our center, which is called the ”Divine Mercy Home” celebrated its feast day on March 30, 2008 with the following activities:
a.) Holy Mass took place in the morning, in the Centre’s chapel and was presided by the Vicar General of the Bishopric of Timisoara, Msgr. Bocskei Laszlo along with Msgr. Wonerth Laszlo.
b.) At three o’clock in the afternoon, we met in the chapel where the Holy Sacrament was exposed. Along with our guests, collaborators, volunteers and staff, we prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Between decades, the choir belong to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Timisoara ”Exultate” led us in song.
c.)Father Jose de Vela of the community of the Brothers of the Holy Cross held a lecture on the feast of the Divine Mercy.
d.)The festivities continued in the conference room where we showed a video on the Centre’s first year of activity. It was followed by a concert and a meal where we had the opportunity to share our own personal experiences and to enjoy each others’ company.
On the 19th of April, 2008, the traditional Gospel Concert took place with the scope of assisting the patients interned in the hospice. The concert was organized by Dominic Fritz, a young volunteer from Germany, in the Roman Catholic Church ”Sacred Heart of Jesus”, located in the Balcescu Plaza. Some of the Center’s staff and volunteers also sang in the choir.
For a period of three months, our nurses participated in the National Nurse Training Program which was led by Ana Banciu, the Program’s coordinator. This took place between June and August.
The Centre’s coordinator along with the Center’s very own staff and social workers completed a course on Combating Poverty in Romania. This took place on June 9, 2009 and was organized by the Caritas Confederation of Romania.
On July 17, 2008, the Franciscan Sisters of the congregation Daughters of St. Francis of Assisi received a diploma of recognition from the Humanitarian Council of Slovakia. This was to affirm the representation of the State in Timisoara, Romania through the existence of the Center for Palliative Care Hospice.
On the 21st of July, 2008, another course took place: the Mobilization of the Patient. This was given by Lecturer Sister Savia-Lukacova Lubica and all of the Center’s medical assistants were present.
On October 1st, 2008, the Center’s Coordinator in addition to the social assistants participated in the International Day of the Aged, organized by D.G.A.S.P.C. Timis.
On the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4, 2008, a diverse program was organized for the Center’s staff, volunteers and collaborators along with the Taize Group of Arad.
On the eve of the feast day, the Tranzitus prayer was celebrated. It was followed by an hour of Eucharistic Adoration in which the Arad choir sang songs of adoration. There was Holy Mass the morning of the feast day which was presided by Msgr. Wonerth Laszlo and other priests. At three o’clock in the afternoon, Father Jose de Vela held a lecture on the following: God is calling- the fascinating aspect of the Christian vocation. This program was closed by a festive dinner.
On the October 14th, in concordance with the World Hospice Day, the Hospice-type Centre for Care organized a cultural event in the conference room where the Center’s volunteers and the patients’ families were gathered. Palliative care and the Center’s activities were presented on this occasion in addition to a course with the following themes: The ideal in a dialogue with the patient. One of the Center’s medical assistants gave this course.
On the 2nd of November, 2008, Msgr. Wonerth Laszlo celebrated Holy Mass in theme memory of all the reposed souls of the Hospice’s deceased patients.
Medical assistants and the Center’s coordinator participated in a course called “the Emergencies in Palliative Medicine” which was given by Dr.Sirbu on November 6, 2008.
The Center’s doctors, coordinator (who presented the Palliative Care Centre of Timisoara) and a volunteer psychologist attended the National Conference on Palliative Care on November 7-8, 2008 in Brasov. The Center’s volunteer psychologist presented a paper on the following theme: the three-phased model of psychological counselling offered to the terminally ill.
On the 24th of November, 2008, all of the Center’s staff participated in the organ concert given by Barbara Harbach from United States. It took place in Saint George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Timisoara. It was a grat time for relaxing, openness and developing interpersonal relations.
On the 3rd of December, 2008, our collaborators, Association for You, celebrated the International Day for People with Disabilities and the Center’s coordinator was involved in their program.
On the feast day of St. Nicholas on December the 6th, 2008, much joy filled the hearts of the patients, associates as well as the staff and volunteers. The day was filled with song while the saint offered presents to all those present.
For the coming of Christmas, the Centre welcomed various groups of Christmas carolers from Timisoara and Arad who brought us the joy of the Birth of Christ through their music. The associates as well as the patients were surprisingly happy as a result of the atmosphere created during this period of celebration.
In 2008, our Centre received many visits from foreign lands, including Germany, Poland, Slovaki, U.S.A, Austria, Sweden. Many visitors came from different parts of Romania including Oradea, Arad, Onesti, Roman, Caransebes, Cluj, Iasi, Bucuresti.
During this year, we were very pleased with the willingness of the volunteers who were alongside the staff of the Centre and who helped us by participating in various activities such as: psychological, spiritual and social assistance, household duties, the maintenance of our park, the translation of many letters and spending time with our patients and our associates.
In 2008 our Center received several financial and material donations out of which we provided the center with all the objects and accessories necessary for functioning. Some of them were received from the Red Cross Germany – Lauf. We also received a medical respirator which is used for the needs of the patients. From the German well-doers we got an electronic pipe organ that we use in the chapel of the center. With the donation we managed to renovate the fountain in the garden during the summer. A painter donated a painting for the Hospice, named “The Sun’s Highway”.