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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Fall 2013


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
I pray your summer included time for relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends.  September offers the beginning of a new planning year for many volunteers in health ministry.  We hope you will find new ideas and resources in this issue that will prove helpful to you. 
May the Holy Spirit continue to bless and guide your ministry.

In His Name,

Jeanne Palcic, MGS, RN

Program Manager, ERH Parish Health Ministry


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Refresh Your Soul Event

Save the Date -

March 1, 2014  

ERH Parish Health Ministry's "Refresh Your Soul 2014" will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Community of the Good Shepherd in Montgomery (northern Cincinnati). We are thrilled to announce our keynote speaker is Dr. Eben Alexander, author of the best-selling book, Proof of Heaven. He will present "A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife." We hope you'll join us!  Please mark your calendar now.

Gloria Dei-Helvie Success Story Success Spotlight:  

The Whole Health Committee of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church  

Three years ago, after having worked for decades as a Special Education teacher, Walda Helvie, with the help of others from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, created a health ministry at her church. After getting the blessing of their Pastor, Vicky Garber, the "Whole Health Committee" surveyed their 800-person congregation, assessing what people wanted and needed from this ministry. Walda and her team were excited by what they heard, and were fortunate to have people on the committee who were truly invested in the success of the ministry. Read on...




In Remembrance ... Williams Marjorie 

Marjorie Williams, born in 1920, passed away in her home on July 1, 2013. 

Marjorie dedicated her life to nursing, working as an operating room nurse, school nurse, guidance counselor, nurse instructor, and Assistant Director of Nursing at Deaconess Hospital.  In 1995, she helped to create the Parish Nurse Ministries at Forest Chapel U.M.C., and, as a result, Williams became known as one of the "Mothers of Parish Nursing" in Cincinnati.  Read on ... 

New PHM Program:
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...
PeggyPhotoWhat is Observation Status?

If you require a stay in the hospital and are covered by Medicare, there is an important question you should be asking - "Am I on observation status or admitted as an inpatient?" Staying in the hospital overnight or even for several nights doesn't guarantee that you have been officially admitted as an inpatient. Although confusing, you could be in a hospital bed, in a room, receive numerous tests, be given care and your medications, and yet not be officially "admitted." Read on...


The Yellow Dot - Do you have one?  yellow dot

arish Health Ministry, a service of Episcopal Retirement Homes, is now promoting 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. Read on... 



11Think Positive Image Benefits of Being Positive

Over the years Jon Gordon has done a lot of research on the positive effects of being positive and the negative effects of being negative. The research is clear. It really does pay to be positive and the benefits include enhanced health and longevity, happiness, career advancement, athletic performance, team building and financial success. Being positive is not just a nice way to live. It's the way to live. In this spirit here are 11 benefits of being positive. Read on...



Why I Give to ERH Parish   Health Ministry...    

By Ethelrine S. Nickerson, St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church


"One of the reasons I donate is because the kind of work you all do is so important to the church (Episcopal and others) and to the people. The programs are both helpful and essential to the people. One of St. Simon's blood pressure programs was started because of all of PHM's help, and it has helped so many people.


Spiritual Corner


"The more you live at one with yourself, the more easily you understand profound truth. Why? Simplicity opens your mind to light and to wisdom from God. A pure, single-minded, stable spirit does not distract easily, even when very busy. You do all to honor God. You rest inside. You do not try to make yourself look big. What actually causes inner conflict? Trying to work for God and for yourself at the same time. Good and devout people orient themselves ahead of time to responsible action. Reason, not mere emotion, orders that orientation."

Source:  The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis
Educational Opportunities 
  • Faith Community Nursing Coordinator Course sponsored by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center 
  • Faith Community Nurse Leadership Workshop sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital of Dayton and St. Elizabeth Medical Center of Northern Kentucky
  • "Foundations of Faith Community Nursing" sponsored by University of Southern Indiana
  • Faith Community Nursing Teleconferences sponsored by Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas

For more information, including dates and registration information, please go to




In This Issue
RYS Conference
Success Spotlight
In Remembrance
Journeying through Grief
Observation Status
Yellow Dot Program
Benefits of Being Positive
Why I Give...
Spiritual Corner
Educational Opportunities
Helpful Reources
Updates/Opportunities at ERH
Regional & National Resources
Helpful Resources


The Retrouvaille program is a lifeline for troubled marriages 

The secret to love that lasts 

NAMI is dedicated to improving lives affected by mental illness 

Celebrate Recovery is a bibilical & balanced approach to overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups 

Future Life Now promotes the use of alternative therapies 

 The blog for Ann Voskamp, best-selling author of "One Thousand Gifts"

The Martin dePorres Center in Columbus offers educational opportunities to adults in the second half of life 

PHM Quick Links

Updates/Opportunities at ERH
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St. Paul Village currently has openings for new senior residents in our fully renovated, subsidized apartments.  St. Paul Village is located at 5515 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227.  If interested, call (513) 272-1118. 


Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels! Make a difference in a home-bound senior citizen's life. Deliver a meal once a week or once a month. 10:30-Noon, your choice, Tuesday-Friday. Various Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods. Pick up meals @ Deupree House in Hyde Park.  For more information, contact Susan at (513) 561-8150


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



More Regional and National Resources:


Cincinnati United Way Online Resources Guide


Columbus Family Resources Guide from the Ohio Dept. of Education


Life Enrichment Center in Dayton

Dayton United Way Online Resources Guide


24-hour call line for United Way resources (for any region): 211

Improving Health in the Appalachian Region of Ohio

Health Information, Healthy Recipes, and Exercise Tips

Health Ministry Information and Resources

Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Church Health Reader - resources for you and your church - Helps organizations enroll seniors and younger adults with disabilities with limited means into the benefits programs for which they are eligible, so that they can remain healthy and improve the quality of their lives. - Providing practical, real-life solutions to older drivers and their families - online information on diabetes, including recipes

 "Wise, Well and Whole Monthly" - a monthly email publication by Dr. Richard Johnson  

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