OUR FAITY COMMUNITY NURSE NETWORK Go to a broad historical perspective.
Parish Nursing was conceived as a health care specialty in 1984 by Granger Westberg, a Chaplain at Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago. Rev. Westberg believed in holistic healthcare and thought that faith communities were a natural agency to integrate mind-body-spirit healing.
In 1997, Carol Story, a nationally recognized nurse educator in Bellingham, envisioned a Health Ministry Network serving Parish Nurses in the Pacific Northwest. Using the curriculum from the Westberg Institute, she offered the first preparation course at St. Joseph's Hospital. Twenty years later, this course is offered in a hybrid learning format.
In 2009, The Parish Nurse Program launched the new Health Ministries Network, which included 83 Parish Nurses and Health Ministers (in four counties), 18 community organizations, 45 community congregations and 6 hospital departments, all providing special services to the community. The title "Parish Nurse" was changed to "Faith Community Nurse" in 2011.
In 2017, Health Ministries Network evolved again as it left the care of the PeaceHealth Spiritual Care Department and launched HMN as a 501(c)3 Washington State Non-Profit Health Advocacy Corporation. Support for the Network continues with generous grants and support of PeaceHealth and Chuckanut Health Foundation.
We would be remiss not to express our gratitude for the Faith Community Nurses, Health Ministers, physicians and chaplains who have contributed their time, finances and support to make this ministry a success. Through our history there have been some shining stars. Special thanks to Sr. Judy Tralnes, Sr. Agatha Aicher, Sr. Mary Therese Bruening, Barry Meyers, ESQ, Jennifer Johnson, ARNP, Mary Lynne Palmer, RN, Bridget Carney, PhD, Rev Randy Pries, Leona Bergstrom, Elaine Granger, RN & PN, Carol Story, RN, Tisch Lynch, RN, Cheryl Grambo, RN, Donna Gustin, RN, Charles Nelson, PhD, Jeanne Brotherton, RN, Sue Sharpe, Chuckanut Health Foundation, PeaceHealth Spiritual Care, Chris Phillips, PeaceHealth Community Relations, Ross Fewing, Dick Cathell, PhD, Sharon Somers Hill, RN, Rev. Tessie Mandeville and Carol Nicolay, EdD.