Hear Me Now is a storytelling program at Providence, created in partnership with StoryCorps. Hear Me Now’s mission is to give patients, loved ones, and caregivers a sacred space to share their stories and make healthcare more humane.

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All Providence Interviews

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Shawn Sorbom and Mary Sloper

Mary Sloper (78) talks to Shawn Sorbom (28) about going to boarding school at age 5 in Imperial Valley, Californiia, her Croatian mother, and her career as a nurse.

Vinny Fox & Henry Fox

Vinny knew from an early age they were non-binary. They didn't have the language, but knew that in their conservative city in Georgia, being non-binary meant being ostracized and punished. It wasn't until college that they had any positive gender...

Amber Moody & Kelly Corcoran

Amber, a palliative care nurse, and Kelly, Chief Mission Officer are the boots-on-the-ground team for a tele-palliative care team in rural Stevens County, Washington. Without the remote capabilities of the team, many patients seeking palliative care would need to travel...

Girish, Vaishali, & Ankush with Scott Acord

Girsish & Vashali met while working for an American company in their home country of India. Not long later they moved to the U.S. Both Hindu, they talk about the upcoming Diwali holiday, (Festival of Lights), what it means to...

Miriam "Merry" Bauch & Katy Abelson

When the war broke out, Merry's father and brother were sent to concentrations camps where they were killed. She was sent to a separate camp from her mother, but managed to find one another later in Zakopane, Poland after the...

Joseph Lopez & Scott Acord

Joseph shares his story as a troubled youth leading to being incarcerated 5 times before handing his life over to Jesus, and turning his life around. He now has a thriving closet business in Southern California and in his spare...

Greg Soumokil & Shane Bassett

Greg shares with Shane, his physical therapist, the events that led up to him getting an artificial heart and what life is like for him as he waits for a donor heart. Greg is one of only 28 people living...

Sham Najjir & Ahmed Pierstorff

Ahmed & Sham, share stories about Ramadan, the month of fasting and Eid al-Fitr, the breaking of the fast, and the role these holidays play in their Muslim faith and lives.

Jessica Quintal Alverez & Jennifer Eid Ammons

Colleagues Jessica and Jennifer work on the Mobile Medical Van community outreach program for Providence Health in Sonoma County, California. In order to gain the trust of the homeless community they serve, they take a personalized approach by getting to...

Alicia Swift & Scott Acord

Alicia is young and has always led an active life until she was infected with Covid in 2021. She beat the original symptoms, but has since been battling long covid which has taken its toll on her. The worst of...

Les & Susan Cooper

Les and his family had many narrow escapes from the Nazis during the war and they eventually managed to escape across the boarder to Austria from Hungary. They had to live in a camp for a few months before they...

Linda Ingram & Scott Acord

Linda talks about taking care of her parents. As an only child the caretaking is mostly left to her, but she does have some help from a childhood friend. There are rewards to taking care of your parents, knowing they...

Keren & CJ Holt

Keren & CJ share their story of pregnancy loss. How well-meaning friends and family members condolences often felt unintendedly hurtful in the moment, and not knowing how they wanted to grieve, they decided to have a private funeral for their...

Pricilla Malagon Bon & Lisa Traucht

Pricilla, a nurse practitioner and her work 'sister', Lisa, a social worker, share stories of their work in palliative care. Trying to leave work at work so they can be fully present with their families when they get home. What...

Joe Houston & Scott Acord

Joe shares the story his rise from humble beginnings in DC. He was primarily raised by his sister before getting lured into a lifestyle that led to him being incarcerated at 16 to turning his life around and is now...

Karen & Daniel Bogard

Rabbi's, Karen and Daniel, discuss what it's like to raise a transgendered child in this politically charged atmosphere where the trans community is demonized. They recognize their circumstance is different than most because their child is growing up in a...

Sarim Marith & Angela Marith

Sarim and her family are Cambodia refugees who came to the US in 1975. She talks with her daughter-in-law, Angela about the barriers she faces with her doctors because her English is not great. How not fully understanding the language...

Peter Lucero & Dr. Doug Wilson

Peter shared with his doctor, Doug Wilson, a little bit about his life and childhood and a recent experience he had involving Dr. Wilson. Peter recently died and came back with CPR and it has had profound affect on his...

Paulina Castiel & Annette Weinberg

Paulina, during the war the Nazis would make their lives miserable. When she was four they were taken from their home in Romania and forced them into a ghetto where they waited to be taken to Auschwitz. Her father was...

Tiffanie Walker & Montserrat Archila

Tiffanie shares with her friend and co-worker, Montserrat, the significance of Juneteenth in her life and historically. How she strives everyday to make sure everyone feels included so future generations will celebrate diversity.