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E-cards brighten patients' days in local hospitals

Friends and family members can now send online greeting cards to hospital patients at Taichung's Jen-Ai Hospital, which is claiming to be the first hospital in Taiwan to introduce E-card services.

They can choose from nine different E-card pictures. The colorful illustrations, each with a different message, range from photos of the hospital to pictures of flowers. They are free of charge.

All the senders need to do is log on to a hospital Web site, fill out information about themselves and the patient's name and ward number. They can add a personal message, and then hit the "enter" key to send it.

In a split second, the hospital's nurse station receives the electronic greeting card and prints it out on a color printer.

Nurses then deliver the cards personally. In a few minutes, friends and family members have expressed their love and concern to the patients without stepping out of the room.

Inpatient E-card services are fairly common throughout the U.S., Japan and Thailand.

The E-card service has brightened patients' stays.

Serene Judith Christopher, an Indian who was undergoing infertility treatment in the Tali City hospital, received a card from her mother when she was pregnant. Her lips widened into a smile when she saw the message. Other patients are grateful for the service.

Angela Peterson had just left her home country of Canada for Taiwan. She had been on the island less than six months with her husband and children, when she found she needed to have an operation at Jen-Ai Hospital. Her nervous family wanted to send their blessings straight away. Angela was delighted when the nurses gave her their cards.

The hospital plans to add more designs to the range of E-cards it offers. It also plans to send E-cards to all patients on public holidays as celebrations.

The hospital also wants to offer an on-line service that sends flowers and fruits to patients in the future.

The E-cards are available online at www.jah.org.tw/english/ecard.asp

Caption

Courtesy of Jen-Ai Hospital in Tali

Angela Peterson receives an E-card, a new feature to Taichung's Jen-Ai Hospital, from a nurse. Peterson had been on the island less than six months with her husband and children, when she found she needed to have an operation at the hospital.

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