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Serving Spoons Collection

Subject:
Greater Southeast Community Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
Creator:
Scheuermann, Lester W.
Type:
Collection description
lapel pins
Pens
Promotional materials
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Description:
Related archival collection: Serving Spoons Program material, which dates from 1989 – 1993 and measures .06 linear feet, documents the Servings Spoons program of Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, D.C. A clinically based, volunteer feeding program, Servings Spoons, was developed to provide volunteer assistance in feeding the frail elderly to help them avoid tube feeding. The collection is comprised of newsletters, case study, and a presentation package. Contact the Archivist for more information.
The Serving Spoons program at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington, D.C. is a clinical volunteer program to enhance nutritional intake of frail-elderly patients at the hospital. It represents a simple but powerful way to reduce the use of intravenous feeding for the frail elderly. The program helped to reduce costs and improve the clinical outcomes of Greater Southeast's frail-elderly patients.
Greater Southeast Community Hospital selected the name Serving Spoons to capture the program's essence: to serve frail-elderly patients with a spoon of food, demonstrating the hospital's respect for patients as dignified individuals in need of help.
As a social worker, Lester W. Scheuermann created the Serving Spoons program at Greater Southeast Community Hospital using a Freedom Grant.
Related Texts:
Scheuermann, Lester W. 1993. Serving spoons: a clinical volunteer program to enhance nutritional intake of frail-elderly patients at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. Chicago, Ill: Hospital Research and Educational Trust.
Archival Materials:
Serving Spoons Program material, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lester W. Scheuermann
Topic:
African Americans
Frail elderly
Frail elderly--Care
Geriatrics
Hospitals
Serving Spoons Program
Volunteers
Cite As:
Permanent Collection, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
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Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum

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