A well-known physician and two Registered Nurses were recently honored for their devotion and life-long care to those in need by the Interfaith Health and Wellness (IFHW) Ministry, a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. At its annual Faith Community Nursing Awards Luncheon, the IFHW program recognized those in the health community for their humanitarianism and outreach service to the homeless, families in transition and those in need. More than 100 people attended the luncheon which was held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach. Luncheon Co-Chairs Mary Ierardi and Mary Lynn Rogers, both of Palm Beach, welcomed clergy and guests. Dr. Chauncey Crandall, a renowned cardiologist, was the featured guest speaker who shared his faith and the importance of a balanced life and spirituality.
IFHW presented Dr. John Whelton of Palm Beach with the event’s highest award, the Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award. This award recognizes a member of the community who exemplifies profound care and compassion to help and care for those in need, For the past 45 years, Dr. Whelton, a rheumatologist, has unselfishly provided care, especially to help ease the pain of children and all people who suffer from arthritis. He accepted the award as his family looked on.
Registered Nurses Jennifer Hynes and Patricia Weaver were recognized for their roles in IFHW’s Faith Community Nurse Program. Nurses in the program work in churches, temples and faith communities and provide life-saving interventions, free health assessments, screenings, health education, referrals and advocacy for those in need. It promotes the whole person health.
IFHW Advisory Board member and co-educator in the Faith Community Nursing Course, Fontaine Timmer, presented the Refuah Nursing Scholarship to Jennifer Haynes who is answering the call to serve those in need at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach as a Faith Community Nurse. The Refuah scholarship is given to a nurse in the community to attend Catholic Charities Faith Community Nursing Course at Palm Beach Atlantic University in June. Patricia Weaver received the Faith Community Nurse of the Year Award for her role as nurse at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lantana. In the past year, Weaver made more than 900 visits to the homebound and elderly.
Catholic Charities Wellness Nurses collaborate with many local organizations including the Center for Family Services, New Hope Charities, St. Ann Place, and the Visiting Nurses Association Mobile Medical Unit to provide services to the homeless, families in transition, the uninsured, the elderly, children, and those in need in Palm Beach County.
Dr. William Adkins and his wife and Mrs. Margaret Donnelley, past recipients of the Mother Theresa Award, were Honorary Chairpersons at this year’s luncheon. Event sponsors included: Raymond James Financial Services, Palm Beach; Atria Senior Living; Nursing Services of Palm Beach; and Palm Beach Atlantic University School of Nursing. Program funders included Palm Healthcare Foundation; Quantum Foundation; the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation; and the Lewis Foundation.
Proceeds from the luncheon provides Faith Community Nursing outreach in the community, life-saving interventions, free health assessments, screenings, health education, referrals and advocacy for the homeless, families in transition, the uninsured, elderly and those in need.