Great Bend Regional Hospital employees participated in “Turing Our Town Purple” last Monday in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Employees were encouraged to wear purple, creating a powerful statement honoring the strength of battered women and their children and raising awareness.
Great Bend Regional Hospital continues to partner with The Family Crisis Center Inc., in providing support and resources as needed to survivors and their families. GBRH employs two nurses who have attended the SANE training and are able to perform the examinations needed following a sexual assault, both on adult and pediatric patients. Both nurses have attended 40-hour courses in the assessment of the victim along with the necessary legal procedures to bring justice to the perpetrators of domestic violence. The nurses have also completed observation and clinical time with nurses in metropolitan areas, allowing them to see the process in action and actively learn what is needed to complete a forensic exam.
The nurses provide services at GBRH for victims in the service area including Barton, Barber, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush and Stafford counties. Providing the services locally allows clients to remain close to families and avoid travel during a stressful time.