Lourdes Health System Partners with StoryCorpsIn December 2009, Lourdes Health System participated in StoryCorps, a national initiative to document the history and stories of everyday Americans. StoryCorps is the largest oral history project of its kind, traveling the country to record stories and promote honoring and celebrating lives through listening. At Lourdes, we understand the power of stories and teamed with StoryCorps to capture and record the words of the people who make Lourdes Health System such a dynamic community force in Southern New Jersey.
"Looking a loved one in the eyes and asking about his or her life is one of the greatest gifts we can give one another," says Dave Isay. "The simple act of listening tells them how much they matter, and documenting that conversation for posterity tells them that they won't be forgotten."
StoryCorps interviews are conducted between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator guides the participants through the interview process and at the end of the session, the participants leave with a CD of their interview. A second copy becomes part of an archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is in partnership with NPR and excerpts of select stories are broadcast weekly on NPR's Morning Edition.
StoryCorps recorded 18 stories from Lourdes board members, physicians, nurses and associates. Excerpts of these sessions are memorialized here. These excepts will familiarize the public with the quality and depth of the individuals who serve our organization. Beginning in March 2010, these excerpts are being posted as podcasts on a weekly basis to share "Lourdes Stories" with our community and the world at large.
About StoryCorpsStoryCorps is the largest oral history project ever undertaken. Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, StoryCorps gives pairs of participants the opportunity to leave a legacy in sound for future generations. One copy of the interview goes home with the participants on a CD, a second copy goes to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. To date, StoryCorps has recorded more than 25,000 audio interviews with over 45,000 participants. Excerpts of select stories are broadcast weekly on NPR's Morning Edition. For its ground-breaking public service, StoryCorps was awarded a special Institutional Peabody Award in 2007, an honor bestowed only once or twice a decade. More information can be found at www.storycorps.org.
Kate Brown, one of the facilitators who was at Lourdes, recently blogged about her experiences getting know the Lourdes family.