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A program of Episcopal Retirement Homes Inc. 

Fall 2011  

In This Issue
Helpful Resources
Walk to Jerusalem
Spiritual Corner
Care Transition Pilot Program
New Program
Refresh Your Soul 2012
Educational Opportunities

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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)
To make a donation to help support PHM, click on the parish health link below and find the "CHARITABLE GIVING" tab on the right side of the page or call Maureen Gregory (513)272-5555 ext. 4292.
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New Resources 

Health to Wealth: Use Super Foods to Cut Cholesterol 

Ann Beighle, our ERH Human Resource Consultant, frequently puts together health tips which she shares with the ERH staff. Recently she wrote an article called "Use Super Foods to Cut Cholesterol" The information was wonderful and we wanted to make it available to you to use as you write articles. To download this information visit the newsletter page of the PHM website. 

PHM Healthy Thoughts: Seasonal Affective Disorder


The newest addition to the Healthy Thoughts bulletin insert program is now available on our website. To download our newest insert on the topic of Seasonal Affective Disorder, visit the newsletter page of the PHM website.  
Networking Meetings  
To find out about a Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministry Network meeting in your area click here:  and click on Upcoming Events and Educational Opportunities.


Introduction to Parish Health Ministry Orientation Manual

This independent study manual was created to provide those individuals in partnering congregations who are beginning or enhancing a congregational health ministry with basic information and tools needed to begin or enhance their program.  Excellent resource for those just getting started in health ministry as well as orienting new volunteers to the ministry.  For more information, visit




Helpful Resources

  • Visit the National Guideline Clearinghouse for a complete list of clinical guidelines for a variety of diseases processes.
  • Live your Life Well focuses on the importance of mental wellness and steps everyone can take to improve their well-being during difficult times. Live Your Life Well offers ten science based tools to manage stress and help you relax, grow, and flourish.
  • To learn about a new resource from IPNRC called "Getting to Know You: Assessment Tools for Adults, Children, and Families", visit the newsletter page of the PHM website.
  • The Empowering Parents website is an excellent resource for parents struggling with children that are chronically disrespectful, obnoxious or abusive. Visit
ERH named among 2011
Top Places to Work in Cincinnati

Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH), which has been serving the needs of seniors in Greater Cincinnati and across southern Ohio for 60 years, has been named a 2011 Top Place to Work in Cincinnati. It is the second year in a row that ERH has earned a top spot among the area's mid-size companies.

ERH staff honored at LeadingAge Ohio conference

PeggyPhotoCongratulations to Living Well Senior Solutions Peggy Slade-Sowders, Director of ERH's geriatric care management service, on winning the 2011 award for Excellence in Sevice for Home & Community-based Services from LeadingAge Ohio! Peggy received the award for displaying outstanding initiative, motivation and leadership in the provision of quality home- and community-based services.  For information or to request services, contact Peggy at (513) 561-0222. 



National Updates


 Information from Affordable Care Act Conference Call on September 7, 2011.


Four main goals of the Affordable Care Act:

  • Expand access of care
  • End abuse of insurers
  • Enhance the quality of care
  • Make health care more affordable

The Affordable Care Act provides the first of its kind website to help consumers make decisions by offering them information about what health plans are available in their state, the cost, and what they cover.


If you would like to sign up for a newsletter and get a copy of the power point presentation from this meeting go to



Walk to Jerusalem: A Success Story  


by Ellen Schneider, RN (PHM Coordinator)


ERH Parish Health Ministry partner Community United Methodist Church of Circleville just could not stop walking!! On March 27, 2011 the health ministry Team kicked off the Walk to Jerusalem program adapted from Walk to Bethlehem. At the initial kick off they handed out 130 packets and 60 additional log sheets. In order to encourage more participation among those unable to walk a distance, the option was given that 20 minutes of any other form of exercise was equal to 1 mile. The program began with a bulletin insert each week featuring a different country that was visited on the way to Jerusalem. Interesting facts about the country and its culture were included in the article. To generate interest, presentations were given during Worship Hour.


To encourage fellowship among members, several events were sponsored at the church. A family walk was held April 1 that included children on bicycles. An evening jazzercise class was offered with 16 participating.


In an effort to include spirituality as part of the walk, a group walked through downtown Circleville during Holy Week praying for the local businesses and the city of Circleville's government officials. "It was rainy and cold, but we still walked," said Diane Sutton parish health ministry lead. A Sunset walk with devotions also interested many members.


No one was left out of the Walk to Jerusalem - from the youngest members of the congregation to the oldest! The children's Sunday school program had a prayer walk thru the neighborhood around the church. Nine senior members who are now residents of the local nursing home participated, with some logging 20 to 25 miles weekly.


With so much enthusiasm and participation, they reached Jerusalem by the seventh week.   With 5 weeks to go, they decided to keep on walking. They walked through Central America, visiting the countries where their church is planning mission trips. They then walked to Mexico City and through the southern United States, visiting the places where they have had mission outreach in the past. They visited areas that have been damaged by floods and tornadoes and then to a mission area in southern Kentucky before returning home, the total mileage walked was 10,336 miles!


The walk ended on Pentecost Sunday with a huge celebration at the church. There were displays representing the different countries travelled through along with"taste treats"from each of the countries.



"It has been wonderful seeing how our congregation has rallied around this experience. Anytime we can get folks working and praying together it has a positive effect on us all. This walk has included people who are not always included such as our shut ins, and it has provided a way for everyone to work together. We look forward to more walks in the future." (Rev. Barry Burns, Pastor,Community United Methodist Church) 



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Spiritual Corner

"As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me. May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me. May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today..." - Saint Patrick


  Wanted:  Nurses for Pilot Program on Care Transitions       

There seems to be much research going on across the country in the area of Care Transitions.  We have learned that the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) includes an emphasis on providing better support to patients in the transition from the hospital to home or other setting.   Research is showing that patient's that have more support during these times have better outcomes and are less likely to need to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.  The support involves coaching the patient to take charge of their health care especially in the following areas:  Medication self management, use of a patient health record, primary care and specialist follow up and early detection of medical complications or red flags. 

We are looking for volunteer nurses and other health professionals (such as social workers, PT, OT, ST, etc.) interested in learning more about Care Transitions and participating in a pilot program on Care Transitions and Parish Health Ministry.  We will offer FREE training for those in the pilot program starting with Motivational Interviewing presented by an expert in this field, Kelly Pitocco, Professor from the University of Cincinnati, on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at ERH Corporate Offices in Cincinnati.  We hope to offer nursing CE(s). Space is limited.  Volunteers must commit to bringing this service to at least 2 older adults in a 6-8 month period to participate in the pilot program.  For more information, contact Jeanne Palcic at 513-272-5555 or 800-835-5768 ext. 4223 or


New Program - Kindness Quotes and Holy Humor CD

Kindness Quote


Couldn't we all use a bit more kindness and humor in our lives? This CD offers a number of meaningful quotes and humorous brief stories presented in a colorful and creative way. They can be used in the church bulletin, on the bulletin board, as table tents, Back Door Reading, as part of a power point slide show at church functions, as part of email communications, in the church newsletter and much more.


Also available are two articles on the benefits of kindness and humor on health. Those articles can be downloaded at no charge by visiting the newsletter page of them PHM website.


For more information about this program or to obtain a copy of the CD, contact your Parish Health Ministry Coordinator.


Save the Date 

Refresh Your Soul Conference 

Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 2012


Featuring: Douglas C. Smith, M.A., M.S., M.Div.


Friday evening:  I Could Die Laughing: Promoting Humor With the Sick and Dying


Saturday: Spiritual Care in Times of Trial and Loss


Location: Community of the Good Shepherd, Montgomery (Northern Cincinnati)   


Brochure available on our website in December 2011.


Upcoming Educational Opportunities

CE Program: Place Matters 

Offered in 2 Locations


Speaker: Chris VanDenburgh, MSN, RN


Cincinnati Meeting

October 26, 2011

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 am

Location: ERH Corporate Office - Large Conference Room 

For more information view the flyer or to register call (513)272-5555 ext. 4285.
Dayton Meeting

November 17, 2011

Time: 6-8:30 pm

Location: Cassano Community Health Center

For more information view the flyer or visit



The Gift of Caring Presence: A
Practical Approach for Offering  Spiritual Care


This two day workshop will explore spiritual care skills relevant to healthcare professionals, faith community nurses/health ministers, lay ministry team members, and other pastoral caregivers.         


Thursday & Friday, November 17 & 18, 2011


Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center Dayton, Ohio


 For more information contact   

Sharon Becker, (937)227-9452   



Faith Community Nursing Basic Preparation Course


Date: October 16 - 21, 2011

Kettering Health Network Faith Community Nursing

Can also be taken as a 15 week online course


For more information contact  

Chris VanDenburgh, (937)395-8021



Introduction to Health Ministries

and Faith Community Nursing


Friday, Nov. 4  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

& Saturday, Nov. 5  8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Registration and continental breakfast (both days) 


Norton Healthcare Pavilion

Fourth-floor Interactive Classroom

315 E. Broadway

Louisville, Ky.


Call (502) 629-1234 or (888) 4-U-NORTON, or register online at (click on "Classes & Events").



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