Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind, and Spirit

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Worship, fellowship, and . . . blood pressure checks?

That’s what members of Elmhurst (Ill.) Christian Reformed Church received each Sunday for a month.

Elmhurst CRC teamed up with the American Heart Association to help members screen themselves for hypertension, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and heart and kidney failure.

Through its Parish Nurse Ministry, the church emphasizes a relationship between faith and health. “A parish nurse with a strong faith commitment, knowledge of medicine, and heart of compassion has the unique opportunity to bridge gaps between health professionals and the general public,” said parish nurse Beth Rinsema.

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