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A program of Episcopal Retirement Homes, Inc. 

Spring 2012  

In This Issue
Featured PHM Resources
Outreach From Head to Toe!
Guided Meditation Ministry
Spiritual Corner

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Parish Health Ministry 
Episcopal Retirement Homes' Parish Health Ministry (PHM) program assists more than 75 congregations of various denominations throughout Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and southeastern Ohio with developing or enhancing a parish nurse/health ministry. PHM provides partnering congregations with a variety of holistic activities, services and tools that focus on helping members live well. This newsletter is one of PHM's many services.


Episcopal Retirement Homes'
Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
(513) 272-5555 ex. 4223
or (800) 835-5768
(513) 271-9648 (fax)


Why I give to Parish Health Ministry... 

By Angela Horne

Health Ministry Lead at Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Wyoming, OH


"Without ERH Parish Health Ministry, there would be no health ministry at Ascension and Holy Trinity. Parish Health Ministry's support allows congregations to develop their own interests based on the needs of their parish. The Parish Health Ministry coordinators encourage a wide range of new possibilities for the ministry and for outreach to the community. An example of this is our fast growing Meditation Group. PHM is the only way we can do the vital ministry of parish health."


To make a donation to help support PHM, click on the parish health ministry link below and find the "CHARITABLE GIVING" tab on the right side of the page or call Maureen Gregory

(513)272-5555 ext. 4292.




Salute to our Volunteers!


In 2011, 664 volunteers participated in health ministry in their congregations.

These volunteers provided 12,850 hours of service. Of the over 12,000 hours of service, 5,065 were provided by nurses. 4,637 blood pressures were taken, and 367 referrals were made for abnormal readings.  Thank you for your dedication to continuing the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

For a complete list of Parish Health Ministry statistics for 2011 go to our homepage and click under "Where PHM Works".



Featured PHM Resources 
If you are interested in either of the above resources, contact Jeanne Palcic at 513-272-5555 ext. 4223.  For a complete list of the services, support and health and wellness resources available from PHM, visit our website click here.



Other Helpful Resources


Improve Your Healthcare with Good Communication

 By: Peggy Slade-Sowders, LWSS PeggyPhoto

Good communication with your doctor provides you the opportunity to be an active participant in your healthcare. Healthcare is a team effort and you are an important team member! Talking with your healthcare providers can lead to better results, improved quality and increases your chances for better outcomes. (Read More)


Peggy Slade-Sowders is the Director of Living Well Senior Solutions, a Geriatric Care Management Service offered by Episcopal Retirement Homes.  Our professional, experienced care managers offer answers and guidance to navigate the maze of the healthcare system and advocate for your needs.  For more information, contact Peggy at (513) 561-0222 or visit our website at


Network Meetings

Visit our website to find out about a Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministry Network meeting in your area.

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Outreach from Head to Toe!        

By Rose Lindeman


St. John UCC in Reading, OH has provided free meals as an outreach to their greater community on Thursday evenings for quite a number of years. When they began their Caring and Sharing Health Ministry in 2004 the nurses at the church began taking blood pressures since most of the patrons who came to the Community Kitchen for dinner could not afford to go to the doctor and are not able to have their BP checked anywhere else. They normally take 25-50 blood pressures a week.


The Health Ministry at the church has had much positive feedback from doing the screenings and this year added an additional service in cooperation with Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science in Cincinnati, OH. They now check their feet! (Read More) 




Guided Meditation Ministry

 Helps Many

By Terry Kessler,

 Health and Wellness Ministry member,

 Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church


The Guided Meditation Ministry at Ascension and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church was launched as part of the Parish Health Ministry in the Spring of 2011, by Maurice Bason. The intent was to hold one meeting to introduce the idea and experience of guided meditation to members of the congregation, who would then integrate the approach into their individual health and wellness practices.

Seven or eight members of the congregation attended this first meeting and found the experience so positive that they wished to hold group meditation sessions on a regular basis. From this modest beginning, we have grown to about 55 active participants who attend meditation sessions on Tuesday evenings and/or on Wednesday mornings. Each week we find ourselves welcoming newcomers, many joining us from the surrounding community, outside of our own congregation. (Read more)

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Spiritual Corner 


Sample Spiritual Assessment Tools During Times of Trial and Loss
From Refresh Your Soul Conference, March 10, 2012
by Douglas C. Smith, M.Div., MA, MS

A Person's Strength, Peace and Security


1. What is strength for you? Where can you go to get it? Who gives it to you? How can you get more?
2. What is peace for you? Where can you go to get it?Who gives it to you? How can you get more?
3. What is security for you? Where can you go to get it? Who gives it to you? How can you get more?  


Note: This helps open the conversation using their language.





Help Congregation Members Manage their Chronic Illnesses

Chronic Disease Self Management Class is now available for Greater Cincinnati partnering churches.  Through the support and training provided by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, ERH Parish Health Ministry is offering a six week class on Chronic Disease Self Management or Diabetes Self Management.  It is based on a program developed by Stanford University and is showing much success in helping people manage their chronic illnesses such as arthritis, hypertension, depression, diabetes, etc. and to live a full and active life.   For more information on how to offer this class at your church, please contact Jeanne Palcic at or 513-272-5555 ext. 4223. 


CE Program

Greater Cincinnati PHM Network Meeting
"New Directions for HealthCare"

Presented by Douglas Spitler, President & CEO,

Episcopal Retirement Homes, Inc.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

11:00am - 1:00pm (lunch included)

Location:ERH Corp Office - large conf room

3870 Virginia Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45227


Seating is limited! Please R.S.V.P. no later than

May 25, 2012 by contacting Erin Schueler at 

513-272-5555 x 4285 or 



CE Program

Greater Dayton Faith Community Nurses/Health Ministers Network Meeting

"Updates in Pediatric Asthma"


Thursday, May 17, 2012

6 - 8:30 pm
(Light meal included) 


Location:  Cassano Community Health Center

For more information or to register, contact Michelle Randall at 937-227-9454 or  



CE Program

"Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement in a Congregational or Community Setting"


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5:30 - 8:15 p.m.

(Light meal included)


Atrium Medical Center, Middletown, OH 

(Just off I-75 halfway between Cincinnati and Dayton) 

 For more information view the flyer or visit  

To register, contact Erin Schueler at (513) 272-5555 ext. 4285 or


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