What Is the Parish Health Ministry?
Nursing and our Parish Health Ministry empower persons to reach and be
responsible for their own optimum health and wellness through healthy
lifestyles. It embodies a belief in the interconnection of the mind,
body and spirit, and that true health always includes an integration of
the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions
- a holistic approach to health care.
Parish Health Nurse helps to clarify the close relationship between our
faith and our health. The Parish Nurse role is multifaceted and
includes health educator, personal health counselor, developer of
needed support groups, teacher of volunteers, and liaison with
community health organizations and services.
Office hours are flexible based on changing needs but availability is
usually Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. You may leave a message on
her voice mail anytime and your call will be returned as soon as
The Health Ministry Team
includes everyone who is called to work to promote health and wellness
in the congregation. The Wellness Committee is made up of a spectrum of
both professional and lay members to develop programs to meet the needs
of our church. Some examples of our current health programs include:
monthly health articles and bulletins; notes sent to the ill and
grieving (3, 6, 9, and 12 months after their loss); Blood Pressure
screenings; visitation to members in area hospitals, nursing home and
assisted living facilities, and home visitation to church members and
friends who are facing health challenges of any kind; transportation by
volunteers to non-emergency appointments; several health and wellness
programs offered, with speakers on varying topics (e.g. Stress,
Advanced Directives, Coping with Caretaking of a Dependent Loved One,
CPR, Safety Issues for the Elderly, Communicating with Compassion).
you have a need for transportation to a medical appointment or church
event, please call Linda Martin. We are also updating our
Transportation Volunteer List - if you are able to assist in this vital
ministry for our church family and friends, please sign up at the
Information Desk in the Gathering Area. Questions or concerns may
be directed to the church office. Please also
indicate the days/times you may be available. Thank you in
FYI for Women: The Heart Center has developed a personalized comprehensive program just for women, entitled Heart Sense, to evaluate and treat women's cardiac health. Call Heart Sense at 845-790-2030 or visit Hudson Valley Heart Center for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood pressure screenings are held on the fourth Sunday of every month.
Medical Equipment Loan Closet
church has a variety of medical supplies which can be borrowed on an
as-needed basis. Most of the equipment is now stored in the closet by
Room 7. For more information, or to get a form to check out equipment,
contact the church office.