Community Nursing

Heart of Peoria Catholic Community Congregational benefits include allowing the church to reaffirm its role in ministering to the whole person--body, mind, and spirit, enhancing the ability of the church to respond to the health needs of the congregation, thereby impacting the wellness of the faith community. 

Responsibilities of a Faith Community Nurse may include:

  • Answering questions about a diagnosis, medical treatment, medication, or procedure
  • Coordinating a treatment plan given by a doctor
  • Checking blood pressure
  • Visiting homes, hospitals, or convalescent facilities as needed to check on the health status of members, or for bereavement
  • Accompanying a member to their doctors appointment to be a "second set of ears"
  • Staying with a member during surgery if family is not available
  • Helping a member prepare for his/her next doctors appointment
  • Providing referrals to community agencies

Praying with members

Who is a Faith Community Nurse?

The Heart of Peoria Catholic Community is blessed to have Peggy Jacques, MS,RN,RN-BC who is recognized by the American Nurses Association, a Faith Community Nurse is a spiritually mature, professional registered nurse, called and committed to the healing ministry of the the church.  Completing a basic preparation course lays the necessary foundation for successful health ministry.

OSF Care-A-Van:  

The OSF Care-A-Van is a mobile medical vehicle that brings free health care to the under served areas of Peoria.  Some services include:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Blood sugar checks
  • Help getting insurance
  • Getting established with a doctor
  • Nutrition and exercise counseling
  • Scheduling doctor appointments
  • Answers to medical questions
  • Prayer support

For the site visit schedule click here: OSF Care-A-Van