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Hospitals Tap Internet's Healing Power

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - You've most likely had a loved one in the hospital. Or spent time there yourself at one time or another.  The experience can be scary.  And getting messages of support help a lot.  Now -- you can get and send those messages, online.

Social networks are popping up all over the internet.  Kay Takes, Vice President of Patient Care Services says, "It's a chance to tell their stories and communicate with other people."

But Mercy Hospital in Dubuque is giving a social network a new definition. It's called CarePages. Takes says, "It gives patients who are in the hospital to communicate effectively with family."

It's a page that allows patients to keep people outside the hospital updated on their condition.

It also allows you to post pictures, comments, stories and special messages for an ailing loved one.

Mercy makes it easy for everyone to use.  All you have to do is go to their website, click on the link at the bottom of the screen called "CarePages."  That will then take you to the main website where you can either sign-up for a page, browse other pages or share other information with users."

"It's connecting with others people who might be going through the same kind of experience who maybe have a similar situation," says Takes.

Those messages of support can be a boost to people who may feel alone in the hospital and Takes says, "it can really be therapeutic.  It gives them a chance to really stay connected."  Staying connected and keeping in touch... healing the mind and the body.

Patients can make their pages both public and private. Mercy Hospital offers the CarePage service free of charge.

Click here to checkout the CarePages.com.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

             

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