St. Mary’s Faith Community Nursing Program (also known as Parish Nursing)
Faith community nursing is a “whole person” approach to health care. St. Mary’s Hospital partners with faith congregations – at their own sites – to foster health, healing and well-being in an environment that may be more friendly or accessible to those needing services.
Faith community nurses, all of whom are professional registered nurses, provide:
- health screenings
- health education
- social connections
- spiritual outlets
- customized assessments and plans for living a happy and healthy life
Thanks to the monitoring and immediate intervention of faith community nurses, patients are often saved from visits to the emergency room, hospital and various other costly health care facilities. Patients and the community will never see those charges, which would add up to well over $1 million each year. (The savings are computed by the medical condition treated and whether hospitalization or nursing home placement was averted.) The faith communities pay a portion of the program cost for the benefit of their members.
Partners include 10 churches and three facilities that serve Madison’s immigrant and underserved communities:
- Good Shepherd (St. James/St. Joseph’s), Madison
- Our Lady Queen of Peace, Madison
- People’s United Methodist, Oregon
- St. Bernard’s, Middleton
- St. John the Baptist, Jefferson
- St. Lawrence, Jefferson
- St. Martin House/Catholic Multicultural Center, Madison
- St. Mary’s Help of Christians, Sullivan
- St. Mary’s Hospital
- St. Patrick’s, Cottage Grove
- St. Vincent de Paul, Madison
- Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Sun Prairie
- Triangle Community Ministry, Madison
In the end, faith community nursing is about walking with people through many different situations, helping them and empowering them. The relationships are part of a ministry—a health care ministry.