Bucks County Herald

Power of stories meets power of healing

Doylestown Health recorded many firsts during its nearly 100-year history on the way to national recognition for excellence in health care.

Last week, there was a new first – Doylestown Health was the first healthcare system in the United States to offer Short Story Dispensers.

Two Short Story Dispensers were installed, one at Doylestown Hospital and the second at Pine Run Retirement Community. Each gives a patient, visitor or Villager choices to print and read short stories varying in length from one, three or five minutes.

“We know from our childhood and throughout our adult years that a good story has the power to change us,” said Laura Wortman, vice president and chief development officer. Healing has a similar effect in transforming lives, and healing is at the heart of Doylestown Health’s One Vision Campaign.

“Throughout all of the campaign’s priority projects, we are committed to ensuring a positive environment for our patients, families, Villagers, and visitors. Offering short stories as a brief respite is simply another way we put the needs of our community first.”

The short stories are available free-of-charge from two Short Édition Dispensers at the press of a button. Short Édition is a French international publishing house of short literature: poetry, short stories, and flash fiction. Short stories can be accessed via its online platform or its Short Story Dispensers. Doylestown Health is the first U.S. health system to fund and make available the dispensers at its locations.

Doylestown Health selected a variety of story genres that will be available in its story dispensers, including inspirational, dramatic, and classic themes. The reader chooses the length of the story but the selection is random – and often surprising.


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