Wichita hospital seeks blankets for victims of traumatic experiences

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Patients who visit the forensic nursing unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph are usually victims of traumatic experiences.

(Source: Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph)

That's why those who run the program want to make those patients feel comfortable, especially during exams.

A few years ago, an organization donated blankets to be given to patients during their examination and to be taken home.

Now, the program sees as many as 40 to 50 patients a month and more blankets are needed.

Tina Peck, a forensic nurse at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph, says the patients are normally victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking, and the blankets provide some sense of comfort.

"We always say you're not too old to receive a teddy bear or a blanket. So, they're well received by our adult patients as well as our pediatric patients," she said.

Peck says the program served 500 patients last year.

She says they need 30 to 40 blankets each month. Right now, they have fewer than eight.

Anyone who would like to donate blankets is asked to call the Forensic Nursing unit at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph at 316-689-5252.