Sunday, September 23, 2018
TriHealth Parish Nursing: Historical Context

TriHealth Parish Nursing: Historical Context

Parish Nursing began in Cincinnati when Good Samaritan Hospital established a parish nurse at St. Leo Parish in North Fairmount, in 1989.

Bethesda Hospital established a Parish Nurse program in 1994 at Nast-Trinity United Methodist Church, Over-the Rhine. With the creation of TriHealth in 1995, the efforts were easily merged into TriHealth Parish Nurse ministry, reporting to the Spiritual Services Department. Further expansion took place in 1996 with placement of nurses in Bond Hill, Mt. Auburn/Clifton, and Loveland/Milford. Another site was added in Walnut Hills in the summer, 1999; a site in Price Hill opened in 2003.

The commitment of TriHealth’s leadership has supported the pastoral approach to nursing practice, and the one-on-one relationship building with the poor. The standard of practice is best captured by a PN staff member: “ we who practice in poor communities are in the process of creating new approaches to dilemmas that healthcare has long ignored, mishandles, and, and at times, created. Most of my clients have already badly fared in the traditional medical system, and are disinclined to trust. A new art of caring is needed.”

Our efforts have meant improved chronic disease management, reduced prematurity and low birth weight, reduced reliance on emergency services, and incorporating integrative practices into everyday life. Using a broad view of health, each parish nurse creatively pursues opportunities that fit for the residents. 

June 15, 2005, Phyllis Kemper, RN, MSN


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