Living History Program

At El Camino Hospital, we value each each patient as an individual.

To enable our staff to get to know our patients in a more meaningful way, we offer an innovative service called the Living History Program.© This program allows us to get to know who you are, in your own words.

When you are admitted to the hospital, we learned about your medical history.

The Living History is different. It tells your caregivers about things that are most important and meaningful to you.

Your Living History can be an important bridge between you, your family, and your caregivers during your hospital stay.

We would like to help you write your Living History

The Living History id your story: who you are, where you have been, and what your have done.

With your permission, a volunteer will visit you to talk about your life.

They will ask you about where you were born, your family, jobs, hobbies, travels, organizations, pets, and so forth.

A draft of your story will be prepared and presented for your review, so you can be sure it is correct and complete.

Your Living History is always confidential

Your finished Living History is yours to keep. One copy will be placed in your chart for the duration of your hospital stay, and like all of your medical information, only those involved in your care can see it. Let us know if you would like us to make extra copies for members of your family.

We hope you will notice the difference a Living History can make in your stay at El Camino Hospital Mountain View.

Interested in your free Living History?

If you are interested in participating in the Living History Program, please contact your nurse or call our Spiritual Care Service at 650-988-7568.


The Living History Program was created by Sheila Brune, RN, MS at the Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Illinois. Shelia graciously shared her vision for this program with the staff and volunteers at El Camino Hospital.



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