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Parish Nurse Program

The Parish Nursing ProgramSenior Center Nursing Program

Healthcare is increasingly becoming focused on treating the whole person. Physicians and medical professional realize spiritual well-being is essential to physical healing. The Parish Nurse Program brings professional nursing experience and theological concepts together for those in need of care.   

The program - which is a partnership between Lakeland Health and local churches - is designed to forge a link between medicine and the church, and to develop a relationship that will help them both carry out their important missions.

The Parish Nurse is a member of the ministry team who serves as a health counselor, educator and advocate to all parishioners.  Parish Nurses can arrange necessary care, make referrals to physicians, or coordinate assistance.  All consultations with the Parish Nurse are kept completely confidential.  As a health educator, the Parish Nurse also works to raise awareness through seminars, classes, information and advice on a wide-range of topics.


"Being a parish nurse isn't just a job, it's a higher calling.  It's caring for others, often those who might otherwise slip through the cracks and helping them find the resources they need to live a healthier life."

Julie Lester, RN, Parish Nurse at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church


The Following Worship Centers are part of the Parish Nurse Program

  • Eau Claire Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • First Church of God - Benton Heights, Stevensville, and St. Joseph campuses
  • First Congregational Church - St. Joseph
  • First United Methodist Church - St. Joseph
  • Immanuel Lutheran Church - Bridgman
  • St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • The Journey Church - Benton Harbor 
  • Trinity Lutheran Church - St. Joseph

For more information on the Parish Nurse Program, contact Terri Rushlow, RN, with Population Health at (269) 927-5350.

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