The Parish Nurse program of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center has been assisting residents in underserved areas of the Rockford and Belvidere communities since October of 1991. Recently, the OSF Saint Anthony Foundation Council has committed $100,000 annually for support of this program.
Under the Parish Nurse Program, registered nurses are based at area churches to provide health education, screenings, counseling and referrals to community services free of charge to any residents in the area. They provide a friendly face, a helping hand and a comforting, supportive friend in times of need.
The three OSF Saint Anthony Parish NursesVicki Jacobson, Sue Scott, and Wendy Slick-Davidsonteach CPR classes, assist with sports physicals, provide health screenings, visit residents in their homes, the hospitals or nursing homes, serve as educators about health care concerns and sponsor Health Fairs.
As of September 2003, the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Parish Nurses are serving the residents in Rockford neighborhoods served by Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, St. James Catholic Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Patriots Gateway Center, and St. James Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere. They also serve Vianney Oaks Priests Retirement Home in Rockford.
The Parish Nurses maintain office hours at the churches, providing an opportunity for residents to stop by and receive free counseling or health screening services. When they are not in the office, they are visiting area residents, conducting classes or staffing the health fairs they have planned for the churches.
OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a Level I Trauma Center, is owned and operated by OSF HealthCare, an affiliate corporation of The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, Peoria. For the second year in a row, residents of Winnebago, Boone and Ogle County named OSF Saint Anthony the Consumer Choice Award winner in a survey conducted by National Research Corporation (NRC). OSF Saint Anthonys Web site is www.osfhealth.com.