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SEP 2013
NOV 2010 - Parish Nurses serve their congregations
OCT 2010 - Eucharistic Ministry brought to Orchard Park Assisted Living
JUN 2010 - Faith Community Nurses meet on Lummi Island
MAY 2010 - Intern assesses FCN Basic Preparation Course
NOV 2009 - HMN hosts NW Parish Nurse Coordinators

Contact: Jeanne Brotherton

FCN Deccyia Hurst takes position at Stanwood Foursquare Church

Standwood Foursquare Church has hired Delycia Hurst to serve as their Faith Community Nurse. Delycia, RN, FCN; and her husband, Steven Hurst, HM, were in our Spring 2013 "Foundations" course. They are at Stanwood Foursquare Church in Stanwood, WA. Delycia volunteered for several months prior to the church bringing her into this part-time paid position.      Learn more about Stanwood Foursquare Church.

Contact: Dick Cathell

Lummi master carver Jewell James donates Healing Pole to the new Cancer Center at St. Joe's

Lummi Master Carver Jewell James is renowned for his Healing Poles, which he has provided to help in the healing process after tragic events and also to institutions to strengthen them spiritually. It is in this spirit, that came on January 11th to dedicate a new Healing Pole to the new PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center in Bellingham, WA.

Contact: Dick Cathell

Transition Care Team at the Lynden Christian Health Care Center

   Back Row (L-R): Anita Tallman Executive Dir., Pam Colyar FCN, Steve Wallace BSW, LeAna Osterman FCN, Dotty Marston FCN Liaison.
   Front Row: Lynn Hardaway FCN, Norma Maarhuis FCN.



Lynden Christian Health Care Center (CHCC) re-cently adopted Dr. Eric Coleman's Care Transition Intervention (CTI) for their 24-bed Rehab Unit. The outcomes were amazingly positive. Anita Tallman, Executive Director, said she discovered a "gold mine" in Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) when she learned that over 30 were taught to do the CTI during the Stepping Stones 2008-2011 project. Anita had been searching for a method to monitor the progress of patients following discharge, because their average stay was only 13-15 days. "Our goal was to prevent 30-day hospital readmissions." The efficacy of the Coleman model was very attractive. In high per-forming and low performing markets the 30-day hospital readmission percent was 12% and 35% respectively.* Peace Health St. Joseph Medical Center (PHSJMC) in Bellingham WA. was studied as a "high performing" market in the Stepping Stones era. Anita's appreciation for the skills of FCNs was first hand as they made their usual faith commu-nity visits to people receiving care at CHCC. Thus began her dream for a transition care program run by FCNs.

Four experienced FCN CTI coaches and a nurse-liaison from PHSJMC's Health Ministry Network were contracted to provide this follow-up. It was offered without charge to patients as "your next level of care". The statistical results have been amazing. For the first 6.5 months of 2012 there were 80 patient discharges with 74 accepting the intervention. The program was 100% successful in preventing hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. There were zero read-missions. Moreover, of the 6 patients who declined the service, 2 were readmitted to the hospital. The Care Transition Team, including the Lead Social Worker, has also been keeping data about the patient/caregiver's key self-management/patient management skills. In all cases the end scores showed improvement, including more confidence in this role. Patients discharged to assisted living facilities were also followed, resulting in smoother transitions and im-proved coordination.

Success and satisfaction are twins in this program. In the words of CHCC's Executive Director, "The Faith Community Nurses have infused our facility with a sense of mission, compassion and dedication through their work with our resi-dents". A recipient of the Transition Care Program expressed her satisfaction in a note to Executive Director Anita: "I've had the pleasure and security of follow-up care from [FCN]. She met me while I was a patient at the Christian Health Care Center. She followed up by coming to my home and helped clarify some of my medication questions...[FCN] continued to call me at home and offered her support for my rehabilitation. Please accept my appreciation for your efforts in the development of this valuable service." This program has shown that the Care Transition coach role of FCNs in the community can offer outstanding benefits to skilled nursing facilities, hospital re-admission rates, patients, families and caregivers. It is a valuable and needed part of improving the health of Whatcom County.

* http://www.caretransitions.org/documents/Evidence_and_Adoptions_2.pdf



Pam Collier (center), the lead Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran, beams with delight as Reverend Joel Lohafer installs Judy Johnson, RN, BSN, FCN (left), as a Parish Nurse at Hope Lutheran Church in Lynden, WA. Judy is a recent graduate of the Faith Community Nurse Basic Preparation Course offered at St. Joseph Medical Celnter in Bellingham, WA.
Visit the Health Ministry program at Hope Lutheran Church.

Contact: Dick Cathell

At their annual Fall Health and Humor Festival in Seattle, WN, the Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries (NPNM) gave their Carol Story Award to HMN Faith Community Nurses Jeanne Brotherton and Dotty Marston. Carol (right) was in attendance and smiled broadly as the Award was made.

The Carol Story Parish Nurse of the Year Award was established in honor of its namesake to recognize excellence in parish nursing. Carol was Executive director of the Puget Sound Health Ministry (PSHM) before its merger with NPNM in 2009, and was instrumental in training over 700 parish nurses in the Puget Sound region.

The Carol Story Award is given to a parish nurse who ...
  • is dedicated to parish nursing,
  • demonstrates a passion for parish nursing,
  • has successfully developed health ministry programs, and is
  • compassionate, creative and supportive working with people.

Jeanne (in photo, left) and Dotty (center) are active in their own faith communities and serve on the leadership team of the Health Ministries Network. Above, we see Dotty accepting her award from Dick Cathell, Director of HMN. The commendation which accompanies their award reads in part as follows.

"Jeanne Brotherton and Dotty Marston, have been instrumental in developing the Health Ministries Network, which expanded the Bellingham-region parish nurse program in the last two years from 67 to 111 parish nurses, and from 43 to 64 congregations. In addition, they have broadened the scope of the parish nurse to include the Transition Care Program, in which parish nurses make a hospital visit, then follow up with a post-discharge home visit, and two to three phone calls. This has helped the hospital to realize a savings from fewer readmissions, saving $45,000 in 2009.
   "They have also been key players in bringing together 20 community organizations to work cooperatively with the parish nurses, and facilitated their work with six hospital departments that provide direct services to the community.
   "They have created a well=received Health and Wellness Library for parish nurses and clergy within the hospital medical library and team teach the INPRC FCN course. They facilitated participation in this course by persuading three community foundations to help fund parish nursing education programs, reducing the cost for 32 hours of training from $425 to just $100."


Contact: Dick Cathell

  The Health Ministry Network is prominently featured in the concluding chapter of Parish Nursing, where the future of the movement is discussed. According to Verna Carson and Harold Koenig:
  "We have chosen to highlight the following story, which we believe provides a glimpse into the possible future of parish or faith community nursing. This story exemplifies the growth of FCNs, the importance of a network, the vital role of leadership and vision, and the extension of service to communities beyond the walls of the individual faith communities."
  The story they proceed to tell is our story - the story of our Health Ministries Network and a vision of the extended community that it embraces.

Go to Templeton Press for more information.

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Maddie Lacy (left) and Katie Fawell, sociology students at Western Washington University, explain their survey project at the February Parish Nurse ~ Health Ministry monthly meeting. Their project, conducted under the umbrella of the WWU Internship Program, is a survey to identify the top key ministries that parish nurses would like to share with the community.


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