Providence Federal Credit Union Contributes $7,000 to My Little Waiting Room©

When Amy Paterson was just 34-years-old, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. With a husband and a two-and-a-half year old son, she was determined to win the battle, and she has. And, the tenacious survivor had another important mission on her bucket list: finding a way to help moms manage difficult medical appointments and childcare.

With the support of her family and friends, Paterson somehow navigated 144 medical appointments in one year alone. She vowed to make child care easier for other medical patients who would follow her.

My Little Waiting Room© was born of the vision Paterson shared with a close friend, Melissa Moore, who is also a mom.

The doors opened at the first waiting room at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in 2010, thanks in part of a $5,000 contribution from Providence Federal Credit Union. The second opened this year on April 5 at Providence Portland Medical Center, and Providence Federal celebrated with additional contributions of $7,000 and a “baby shower.”

Providence Federal President/CEO Shirley Cate personally visited both of the My Little Waiting Room© locations with $3,500 checks. Staff and business partners wheeled in wagons filled with toys, diapers and art supplies for the children who enjoy the waiting rooms.

“I was very proud to present these checks totaling $7,000 to such a fantastic non-profit organization,” said Cate. “I know the challenges of having to find child care. But when you have added challenges in life, it takes it to the next level. As always our staff and supporting partners pulled through without an ounce of hesitation.”

As for Amy Paterson, these are busy times. She was recently recognized as a “L’Oreal Woman of Worth” for her community work. She and Melissa Moore are consulting hospitals in other nations about establishing programs similar to My Little Waiting Room©.


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