St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) works with numerous churches and other faith communities in our service area to address the health care needs of congregation members, and provide them with appropriate health care assistance.
The program is staffed by licensed professional RNs who are employed by SJMO, and who coordinate the activities of volunteer RNs within the various faith communities. Those volunteers act as parish ministers who foster health and healing within individuals and throughout the environment, and foster congregants' relationships with God. The Faith Community nurse serves various roles:
- As a minister, he or she:
- Provides assistance to both individuals and families by helping them through crisis situations and by assisting them in solving problems and seeking answers to personal questions.
- Serves as an extension of God's love and spiritual healing.
- As an educator, he or she:
- Provides health information.
- Teaches people to take care of their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
- Trains people to attend to the health needs of others.
- As a counselor, he or she:
- Provides advice on known or potential personal health problems.
- Aids in securing additional help or assistance.
- As an organizer, he or she:
- Assists in identifying the congregation's health needs and challenges.
- Plans and implements actions in addressing those needs through the use of other faith community volunteers and community resources.
For more information, or to find out how your church or other faith community can get involved, please call or write:
Kathleen M. Romberger, R.N., B.S.N.
Office: (248) 858-3066
Deborah Dixson, R.N., B.S.N
Office: (248) 858-3042
Sheila Cushing, RN, FCN
Adelia Holland HMA
Office: (248) 858-3071