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Reducing hospital readmissions through faith community nursing

Heitkam, Rebecca MACS, BSN, RN-BC, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000575312.84044.dc

Read about the Congregational Health Ministry and Faith Community Nursing Program, an initiative at a large healthcare system that offers a focused, innovative service for the most vulnerable communities by helping patients navigate their healthcare journey more effectively and providing spiritual and emotional support.

Rebecca Heitkam is the specialty director, congregational health ministry/faith community nursing, at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and can be contacted at for more information about the program.

Acknowledgments: The author would like to thank the following Emory Healthcare executive leaders: CEO Heather Dexter, MBA, MSHA, FACHE, for her executive support of the program; CNO Julie Swann, MBA, MHA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, for her nursing leadership support; and Corporate Director for Innovation, EBP and Research Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, AOCN, FAAN, for her support with manuscript development.

The author has disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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