Harrison Hospital Goes Extra Mile – Wedding in ICU

By JIM FORMAN / KING 5 News and KING5.com
KING5 updated 6:15 p.m. CT, Fri., June. 6, 2008

BREMERTON, Wash. – A Kitsap County woman who only has a few days to live finally got her wish: to marry her fiance. Twenty-eight-year-old Lisa Stevens – now Lisa Harris – is battling cancer in the intensive care unit at Harrison Memorial Hospital. Her doctors say she may only have just days to live, and all she wanted was to marry her fiance, Jason Harris. “This is Lisa’s last wish and we just want it for her and Jason that they can legally be man and wife,” said Karen Harris, Jason’s mother. Steven and Harris tied the knot in a small ceremony in the ICU late Thursday night after battling some serious red tape. Family members tried to file a marriage license at the Kitsap County Courthouse Thursday, only to discover the power had been knocked out by a squirrel. They also learned state law requires a waiting period of three days after obtaining a marriage license. But representatives from the Kitsap County Auditor’s Office brought some paperwork to Lisa’s room late Thursday night. Lisa and Jason tied the knot about 11:00 p.m. by the hospital chaplin with Lisa’s mother, Jason’s mother and father in attendance, along with Harrison Memorial Hospital ICU staff and the auditor’s representative. “My fiance got cancer in 2006 and it has been a long hard fight, and it’s coming to the end of the road. And the last thing we want is to be married in name,” said Jason.

 

>>> Donna Brink 6/6/2008 4:02 PM >>>
I would also like PCU to know how much their donation of the flowers was appriciated!  After all, what’s a bride without a wedding bouquet! The entire “event” was truly a house wide show of teamwork and spirit. If you could have seen the tears of happiness on the faces of the couples parents when they saw what all we had done for their children to make this wedding the best it could have been, your hearts would have melted.

Donna B.

>>> Christine Wayman 06/06/08 10:13 AM >>>
Suzy,
Thank you for all of your assistance with this.  It truly was a heartfelt event and when I met with this young couple this morning to congratulate them they were so grateful.  The  2W staff shared a beautiful quilt and dietary provided a cake with heart-shaped strawberries, in addition to “champagne” glasses filled with apple juice and seltzer.  The couple was also proud of the Harrison Medical Center heart pillow that we gave to them.  It really was as lovely as it could have been considering the tragic  circumstances of this young woman’s illness.  Also, my thanks to Ben Belcher for connecting so deeply with this couple and helping them to navigate through the channels required to help them become husband and wife.  Thanks to all for providing exceptional care for this family—I am proud to be a member of such a caring organization.  
Chris W  

>>> Suzanne Loeffler 6/6/2008 1:40:59 AM >>>
Hi!

I just wanted to update all of you about the ICU wedding story that you heard about yesterday. After making sure that all of the necessary steps were taken (marriage license, patient ability to consent…), Ben Belcher performed a wedding ceremony in ICU 17 at about 11pm. A small group of family, friends and staff were present. All of the staff involved (ICU, 2W, dietary) went the extra mile to make sure that the setting was as “wedding-like” as possible. There was a story about it aired last night on King 5 (it is also on the King 5 website) and I am sure that a follow up to the original story will be aired later.

Thank you Tom and Adar for taking the phone calls related to this event. If anyone needs more information, please feel free to contact me.

Suzy Loeffler

One Response to “Harrison Hospital Goes Extra Mile – Wedding in ICU”

  1. Ruth Says:

    This is RROHC. This is amazing.
    What a wonderful event in the midst of tragedy.
    Thank you for sharing this. Ruth

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