History of Health Ministries

Tri-State Health Ministry Organization Timeline

Below you will find a chart with information about the Tri-State Health Ministry Organization from its beginning to the present. Take your time and hover over the photos to find out more, about this wonderful organization and its vast history. 

The 1990's

Early 2000's

2010 - Present

National

The 1990's

The idea of parish nursing within the Tri-State area started with one practicing parish nurse in a congregation with 120 members in 1992. In 1993, a group of 5 nurses began the process of developing a plan to train nurses and educate the public regarding Parish Nursing. The first parish nurse training took place in 1994 being taught by the Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministry in St. Louis, Missouri. In January of 1995, the Tri-State Parish Nurse Organization was established by the election of officers and formulating bylaws.

During the Tri-State Parish Nurse Organization first year, 20 nurses in 14 churches were committed to growing the ministry within Vanderburgh County, Indiana. By September that same year, the group had increased to 34 churches with the goal to extend into the surrounding counties within the Tri-State area. A steering committee developed and implemented a formal parish nurse orientation program that facilitated the promotion and implementation of parish nursing/health ministry programs in area churches. By the end of the decade, the Tri-State Parish Nurse Organization had seen remarkable growth of parish nurse and health ministry programs.

During early 2000's

The Tri-State Parish Nurse Organization became educational partners with the University of Southern Indiana. This partnership resulted in the University of Southern Indiana becoming a continuing education center for the Basic Parish Nurse Educational Program which is affiliated with the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. Through this partnership, the University of Southern Indiana and the Tri-State Parish Nurse Organization began offering the Basic Parish Nurse Educational Program in a retreat setting. The course was held annually. In 2013 the course went to an internet program twice a year

2010-present

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History of Health Ministries National to International

Parish nurse ministries grew out of the wholistic health care programs started by Granger E. Westberg, D.D. in the Chicago area in the early 1970s. The original model was supported in part by the Illinois Schools of Medicine and Divinity. Wholistic health care centers were established in area churches to deliver total family care. These centers ultimately closed for a variety of reasons. They were followed by a revision developed under the guidance of Lutheran General Hospital of Parkridge, Illinois, through its Congregational Health Partners program. This model established the Minister of Health/Parish Nurse roles much as we know them today. Parish nursing and congregational health ministries are now functioning all over the world. Schools of nursing include parish nursing concepts in both their undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. In 1998, parish nursing was accepted as a specialty by the American Nurses’ Association. The scope and standards by which we practice are revised every five years. The official membership organization for parish nurses is the Health Ministries Association (HMA). Information on this organization is available through the Tri-State Health Ministry Organization.

In 1998, parish nursing was accepted as a specialty by the American Nurses’ Association. The scope and standards by which we practice are revised every five years. The official membership organization for parish nurses is the Health Ministries Association (HMA). Information on this organization is available through the Tri-State Health Ministry Organization.