Evan Douglas Johnston was alone when he passed away on the morning of his 36th birthday. In honor of his memory, this program was created in his name, to provide quality and compassionate care for patients in the hospital, and to serve as a model program to facilitate much needed communication and support services in the current health care system.
Evan Douglas Johnston Patient Advocacy & Companion Program is a pilot project that will deliver the highest level of comprehensive, effective and care for patients served at Ventura County hospitals. The program aims to: (1) Provide companionship; (2) Provide patient advocate who will serve as a liaison to the patient and the hospital staff; (3) Facilitate communication between patients and staff; (4) Engage and empower patients to ask questions, and (4) Access referrals to ensure a continuity of medical and health care services.
The program will target underserved populations who have no family or friends able to assist them in the hospital, and serve as a model program to facilitate much needed communication and support services in the current healthcare system. The program will also promote self-care, nutrition and empower the patient to utilize resources that are available.
The program will provide a health care advocate and companion – volunteer, retired, trained nurses, physicians and other health care providers – to underserved patients, during their hospital stay. They will help patients: (1) Receive improved access to the care they receive in the hospital; (2) Develop personal relationships between the patient, and hospital staff and (3) Facilitate better health care outcomes.