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Published: 10/19/2012

St. Vincent's Parish Nurses Mark 20th Anniversary

Community Healthcare at St. Vincent's Medical CenterBRIDGEPORT, CT, October 10, 2012 — St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program is inviting all St. Vincent’s parish nurses past and present and pastors of participating parishes to its  “St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse 20th Anniversary Celebration”  to be held on Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30-9pm  at  Testo’s Ristorante, 1775 Madison Avenue, Bridgeport.  

St. Vincent’s Parish Nurses are invited to attend as guests and enjoy dinner and a short program in recognition of their contributions to their individual congregations and the overall program.
 
The keynote speaker will be Monsignor William Scheyd, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, and a longtime supporter of the parish nurse program. Also delivering remarks will be St. Vincent’s Health Services CEO Susan L. Davis, EdD, RN, St. Vincent’s Medical Center President Stuart G. Marcus, MD, FACS, and Sister Mary Jean Tague, DC, founder and coordinator of St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program, who will speak about the development and growth of the program. 

Mayor Bill Finch will also be on hand to present a proclamation to the program.

“We are excited to be able to celebrate 20 years of educating and promoting health and wellness in the community,” said Sr. Mary Jean Tague.  “We think every church should have a parish nurse program and right now we are concentrating on churches that may not have a nurse in their congregation.”

The Parish Nurse Program has grown tremendously in the last 20 years, and now has 250 nurses participating in 73 parishes and congregations stretching from Stratford to Stamford.

St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program became only the second program in the state when it began in 1992 under the leadership of Sr. Mary Jean Tague, and currently is one of only six in the state. In addition to serving since 1955 as a member of  the Daughters of Charity order, Sr. Mary Jean is also a pharmacist and registered nurse, and served for many years as a missionary in Bolivia and Angola.

St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program

St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Program extends health care services through local churches and congregations of all denominations and faiths. The Parish Nurses respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals and provide health-related education, counseling and also link individuals to community resources.

They serve as promoters of wellness by offering preventive medicine including blood pressure and other  screenings, by participating in  health fairs, by conducting educational seminars, and providing health literature, referrals, and support to members of their congregations. The program is part of an international parish nurse movement.
 
To register for the anniversary celebration, please contact the St. Vincent’s Parish Nurse Office at 203-576-5558 or mkuchma@stvincents.org.

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