During food pantry hours we also have a nurse from the CMC's Parish Nurse program present.
Parish Nursing is a specialty practice and professional model of health ministry, believing that the parish nurse reclaims the historical roots of health and healing found in many religious traditions. Parish Nurses live out the early work of monks, nuns, deacons and deaconesses, church nurses, healers, and the nursing profession. The Spiritual dimension is centered on the belief that all persons are sacred and must be treated with respect and dignity. Understanding this, the parish nurse serves with compassion, mercy and justice. The parish nurse assists and supports individuals, families and communities in being more active partners of personal and community health resources.
In our community, the program is in partnership with Catholic Medical Center (CMC) and local congregations throughout the greater Manchester area promoting assistance in the health and healing of mind, body and spirit. Priscilla Hamilton, program coordinator and Mary Ann Christie manage the program in an office provided by The Church of the Transfiguration on Kelley Street. They and many volunteers service 17 plus locations bringing together health ministries with nursing expertise and support services. Services include health counseling, health and wellness education, and patient advocacy.
Programs include, exercising, hearing screenings, prayer shawl ministry, chair massage, education on current health and wellness issues.
For further information, please contact Lynda Bennett here at St. Andrew’s.