The Valley Parish Nurse Program at Griffin Health will host a 30th Anniversary Celebration on Sun., Oct. 13 from 1-4 p.m. at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division St., Derby.
Recognized as the longest-running parish nurse ministry in the world, the celebration will feature displays about how the more than 30 active Parish Nurse Programs affiliated with Griffin Health have helped their community over the past three decades. Light refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.
Started as a vision of The Rev. Fred Erson, former Director of Pastoral Care at Griffin Hospital, to provide “whole person healthcare,” the Valley Parish Nurse Program began in the fall of 1989 under the direction of Jan Sharkey, RN. The program grew from five parishes and six nurses to more than 40 churches and hundreds of active nurses and health cabinet members at parishes in Shelton, Derby, Ansonia, Seymour, Oxford, Naugatuck, New Haven, Waterbury, Meriden, Middlebury, Southbury, and Hamden.
For more information about the Valley Parish Nurse Program, visit griffinhealth.org/vpn.