|Read about the writer, Ellie David.
The Gifts of Bedside Pampering
Whitney Xu is a scientist by profession. On Tuesday evenings, though, she leaves her Benaroya Research Institute lab for another kind of work: pushing the spa cart at Bailey-Boushay House.
Claire Gray, a registered nurse with certification in hospice and palliative care, always knew she'd be working here some day. "I knew about Bailey-Boushay from its opening. I had worked in long-term care for 20 years and I came here to visit some of my patients. I knew when I walked in the door. You could feel how special this place was."
|A Front Row Seat to the Bailey-Boushay House Story
For 20 years Ellie David has sat front and center as witness to the loving and life-changing care provided by Bailey-Boushay House. From her volunteer work to her written stories that have graced the pages of the Homefront newsletter and the Virginia Mason annual report, Ellie has been the voice for BBH. Ellie's connection to Bailey-Boushay is also a personal one. In 2001 Ellie's dear friend of 30 years passed away at BBH from cancer and since then she's said goodbye to two more friends at BBH.
|A. Carol McDaniel|
A. Carol McDaniel has been a good neighbor of Bailey-Boushay House since before the facility was built.
Back then the real estate broker, who lives within walking distance of BBH, turned activist and met with neighbors who feared a decline in property values. She reassured them that the proposed facility would be an asset to the community.
|Linda Fae Leonard|
Though Linda Fae Leonard's official job title is receptionist, folks around here just call her mother. "I take care of everybody. If people need to vent, I listen. If the place is in an uproar, I'm the peacemaker. I keep the lobby in control.
|Bailey-Boushay House Admissions Coordinator from 1992-2012
Read about the writer, Ellie David.
Believing That Things Always Work Out
From the day Bailey-Boushay House opened, one of the first people our patients and visitors met was Myra White.
"I just loved working the front desk," she says. "I got to meet all the families those first couple of years."
Kathryn Swingle worked in HIV outpatient care before she moved to Seattle but “coming to Bailey-Boushay House,” the social worker says, “was my first time working closely with death and dying.”
It was 1996, just before life-saving AIDS medication became available. Every resident she worked with was at end of life.