Health Care Ministry

 

Mission of Health Ministry: Provide health related content and interventions that address the physical, mental and spiritual needs of our parishioners without duplicating services available in our community.

Members:

  • Mary Bradley
  • Sue Campbell
  • Bernadette Cole
  • Tricia Drenth
  • Geralyn Doskoch, Co-chair
  • Dawn Fletcher
  • Joy Halverson
  • Kathy Lame
  • Kathy Lauwers, Co-chair
  • Diane McMahon
  • Peggy Spang
  • Julie Shippy
  • Chris Warstler (School Nurse)
  • Fr. Peter Wigton


Monthly Blood Pressure Checks:
Tricia Drenth RN is the coordinator for our Blood Pressure Checks.  Volunteers are available after each Mass the first full weekend of the month in the Parish Office.  This is a confidential reading with health education materials and a card to record all BP readings for personal use.  The volunteers are:
Barb Bales, Mary Bradley, Bernadette Cole, Geri DeYoung, Geralyn Doskoch, Tricia Drenth, Chris Good, Beth Krakowski, Kathy Lauwers, Diana Lentz, Rose Peters, Pat Phillips, Julie Shippy, Rachel Swanson, Mary Terryberry, Mike Wright.

We appreciate all our volunteers and thank them for the support of this program.  New volunteers can contact Tricia Drenth at kellypj8@yahoo.com to join this effort.

 

Health Ministry Transportation Service
Do you need a ride to a medical appointment?
We have a list of many volunteer drivers who happily donate their time and service to help our parishioners who need a ride to and from a physician or therapy appointment.  All of our drivers have received clearance from the Gaylord Diocese.
If you need a ride please call Paul Stephan, 231-547-9689. They will answer your questions and schedule your driver

Healthcare Issues
Healthcare can be complex and confusing. Often there are many healthcare providers involved with multiple different diagnoses. If you are in this situation or a similar situation, it maybe helpful to talk with a volunteer, healthcare professional who will listen to your situation to:

  • Discuss questions for you to ask your providers that will help with clarity and reduce confusion
  • Coach you with tips on what to do when in over-whelming situations i.e., write down your questions; ask for references and teaching aids….
  • Suggest resources for you to use that will teach you more about the subject/issues
  • Provide other options that will help you consider all of the choices you have

Our approach is not to direct your care but to offer considerations for you to make your own decisions. This service is confidential. You begin by contacting Fr. Peter Wigton who will connect you with our volunteer healthcare professional.