Alegent Creighton Health gives churches the tools they need to develop healthy congregations

Article Date: Apr 14, 2014

The Alegent Creighton Health Faith Community Health Network was founded in 2005. Since then, the network volunteers have worked 125,571 hours to help others improve their wellness and earned the Governor's Points of Light group award for service to Nebras­kans. Below is an article that shares stories of the people and congregations who have benefited from Alegent Creighton Health's network.

The faith community nurse at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Council Bluffs likely saved the life of parishioner Leo Tierney.

Tierney, 77, saw his doctor twice yearly and had regular blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride screenings. Readings always were normal. He exercised daily on his home gym and played golf twice weekly. He had quit smoking 30 years earlier. "At one time, I could run 10Ks," he said.

In mid-June of 2010, Tierney mowed half of his small yard. He was exhausted and out of breath. Although he rested before he finished the Saturday chore, he remained exhausted and out of breath.

St. Patrick Faith Community Nurse Margie Graeve did blood pressure checks after Masses the next day. Tierney stopped by. Despite a normal blood pressure reading, he told Graeve about his mowing experience. She urged him to see his doctor Monday. Tierney's doctor admitted him to a hospital and a cardiologist ran tests Tuesday. Tierney had quadruple bypass surgery Wednesday.

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