Jean Brugger honored in St. Louis, Missouri.
St. Louis Parish Nurse Pioneer Jean Brugger, RN, was honored on June 11 in St. Louis to raise funds for the A. Jean Brugger Foundation in Nicaragua which helps to sponsor young people in that country who would otherwise have no access to education.
Jean began the parish nursing program in St. Louis at Deaconess Health System in 1990 in partnership with Gethsemane Lutheran Church in St. Louis, and in the following year was honored by the Council for Health and Human Services of the United Church of Christ with their "Innovative Program of the Year" award.
At that time, parish nursing was quite unknown, and Jean offered to be a parish nurse herself, in a pilot project at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Ferguson.
She made a good impression, because that program is still going strong, 20 years later! The program that Jean started eventually became Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries, LLC, which is home to both the Deaconess Parish Nurse Network and the International Parish Nurse Resource Center. The Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis is the sole corporate member of the DPNM, LLC.