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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Winter 2014 


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
As we begin this new year, it is my hope that it will be a year filled with blessings for you and your loved ones.  We are excited about the upcoming Refresh Your Soul Conference featuring Dr. Eben Alexander, the bestselling author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife.  His story is quite compelling.  We hope you will join us on March 1st.  May the Holy Spirit continue to bless and guide your ministry.

In His Name,

Jeanne Palcic, MGS, RN

Program Manager, ERH Parish Health Ministry




For more information or to register, visit 


Success Spotlight:  

They "Walked to Bethlehem"
in Search of the Christ Child

Marty Cottrill of St. George's Episcopal Church, Dayton, found the Walk to Bethlehem program appealing and volunteered to organize it. Although this program can be done successfully with the information in the program packet, Marty "went the extra mile" to give the congregation an experience in history they would never forget.  Read on...

Journeying through Grief   


Respectfully and compassionately helping others in their grief process is a complicated, sometimes difficult process. After some of our partnering churches had expressed a desire for an actual program to address grief, ERH Parish Health Ministry partnered with The Stephen Ministries to offer "Journeying through Grief" - a simple, well-written, accessible program for those who have lost a loved one.
Read on...

Technology Boosts Independence for Seniors

Technology can be used to help older adults age in place and improve their quality of life. Increased independence can be obtained through the use of devices that help with physical, sensory or communication needs.  Read on...

The Yellow Dot Program  yellow dot

ERH Parish Health Ministry continues to promote one of its latest initiatives, The Yellow Dot Program. The program places yellow dots on automobiles, which alert First Responders (EMS, paramedics, FD) and Emergency Room personnel to vital medical information in case of an automobile accident. When rescuers have access to this information, it saves time during the crucial "golden hour" of treatment immediately following an accident. The Yellow Dot Program could mean the difference between life and death. For more information, contact Rose Lindeman at


Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry...    

By The Rev. Dcn. Phyllis Armstrong


"For many years I have been involved with parish health issues as a volunteer, nurse, and deacon. This effort has certainly been challenging, but also deeply rewarding. It allows us to serve not only our parish family but the wider community as well. ERH Parish Health Ministry has provided valuable leadership, support and educational programs to aid this service. With gratitude I have made contributions to its funds and urge all to do so as well."


If you would like to make a donation and support Parish Health Ministry, click here.  IMPORTANT: Please be sure to designate "Parish Health Ministry" as the recipient of your gift. Thank you very much!

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Spiritual Corner:

Reflections on Patience

"Patience produces results.  Patience lets me take a step back and ask, 'What would Christ do in this situation?'  The answer to this question will always come when patience is present, and the patient answer will always bring me peace.  I am not mandated to react to this world; I can merely respond with pearls of patience and open my arms to receive the perfection of God that cannot be denied."

Source:  Body, Mind, Spirit by Richard Johnson, PhD
Faith Community Nursing Revised Scopes and Standards of Practice - Education Requirement
The revised scopes and standards expand upon the education requirement for Faith Community Nurses (or Parish Nurses).  To function as a Faith Community Nurse (FCN) in a church or other setting, it is important to have the proper education and training.  The revised standards have outlined the education and training required.  Read on...
Educational Opportunities 2014
  • Faith Community Nursing: Understanding the Elements of the Professional Role offered at Greater Dayton and Cincinnati Network meetings 
  • Spiritual Assessment offered by Greater Dayton and Cincinnati Network meetings
  • Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course (34 contact hours) sponsored by Mt. Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio 
  • Faith Community Nursing Foundations Course (34 contact hours) sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital of Dayton and St. Elizabeth Medical Center of Northern Kentucky
  • Westberg Symposium sponsored by the Church Health Center and the International Parish Nurse Resource Center
  • Conference on Medicine and Religion sponsored by the Program on Medicine & Religion at the University of Chicago, Institute for Spirituality and Health at Texas Medical Center, and Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics
  • Sixth Annual Medical-Spirituality Conference on Mindful Practice: Compassion and Resilience sponsored by Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

For more information, including dates and registration information, please visit the Parish Health Ministry website educational opportunities page at


In This Issue
RYS Conference
Success Spotlight
Journeying through Grief
Geriatric Care Mgt
Yellow Dot Program
Why I Give...
Spiritual Corner
FCN Scope & Standards
Educational Opportunities
Helpful Resources
Updates/Opportunities at ERH
Helpful Resources

National Health Ministries Association 

Support for leaders in the integration of faith & health


International Parish Nurse Resource Center 

Resources and support for churches  & faith community nurses


Free Conference Call Website 

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Updates/Opportunities at ERH
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Volunteers needed

Make a difference in a senior's life by becoming a Deupree Meals on Wheels volunteer. Drivers/Deliverers needed for mornings Tuesday through Friday, approximately 10:30-noon, to deliver to seniors in eastern Cincinnati. Routes are currently available in the Fairfax, Hyde Park, Anderson/Cherry Grove, Mt. Washington, and Madisonville areas.  Meals are picked up at Deupree House in Hyde Park.  Must have your own vehicle, driver's license/insurance and must be willing to undergo a background check /finger printing.  To volunteer and learn more, contact Sue Susskind at 561-8150 or email her at


Living Well Senior Solutions offers care management services to seniors throughout Greater Cincinnati. Contact Peggy at 561-0222.


Job Opportunities with ERH are posted on our website at


Contact Parish Health Ministry 

Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN
Program Manager
513-272-5555 ext. 4223
800-835-5768 ext. 4223
For a complete list of ERH Parish Health Ministry Coordinators, visit