The Parish Nurse is a liaison between the individual and their family, parish, and medical health system, promoting both physical and spiritual health care, and assisting with active health care issues. Care is given to balance faith, knowledge, and skills to help the individual reach an optimum sense of well-being. The Parish Nurse does not provide physical nursing care but instead works to assure that the medical and spiritual needs of parishioners are met through the gifts we each receive from the Holy Spirit. The Parish Nurse functions through the following seven roles: health educator, health counselor, referral agent, health advocate, facilitator of volunteers, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and healing of mind, body and soul. If you would like to contact the Parish Nurse, please use the information provided below.
Linda M. Walsh, RN, BSN
National Medication Take Back Day is Coming April 27th
The opioid crisis has made headlines in all our news venues. But how does such a crisis start? While there are many possibilities, a very common one is our own home medication supply. Sadly, access to leftover medications which were once legitimately prescribed for a family member, is often the start of improper use by another person in the household. This may then lead to addictions and other life-threatening issues.
Biannual “National Medication Take Back Days” were created as part of the solution to this problem. Throughout the nation, medical facilities, law enforcement, and local communities collaborate to establish specific dates and locations for safe medication disposal. At these events, any medication may be discarded with no questions asked and no form of identification required.
Please do your part to prevent accidental poisoning, overdose, and improper use of medications by simply gathering up expired and unused medications from your home. Then take them to one of the designated drop-off locations in your area.
In and around St. Ann, you may drop off your medication on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am – 2 pm at either of these locations:
WellStar East Cobb Park, 3747 Roswell Road, Marietta, 30062 OR
Roswell Recycling Center, 11570 Maxwell Road, Alpharetta, 30009
For additional information about medication safety, proper disposal, and other medication drop-off times and locations go to: www.takebackday.dea.gov. Your efforts may ultimately save lives!
Other Healthy Information From Around The Community
WellStar is offering FREE screening mammograms if you are over 40, have not had one in over a year, and have no mammogram health insurance coverage. Contact Linda Walsh at x6019 for a free voucher.
WellStar is also sponsoring “Braves Breast Cancer Awareness Day” on Sunday, May 19th at the 1:05 pm game! This is to celebrate survivorship, raise awareness and funds for research, education and advocacy for cancer patients and their families. Survivors receive a complimentary ticket! For more details go to www.Braves.com/BCAwareness.