Guthrie's Nurse-Family Partnership Holds Annual Alumni Event

The Nurse-Family Partnership administered through Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital recently held its second annual Alumni Event. The event gathered families who had previously graduated from the program back to celebrate their success.

Julia Potter, Nurse Home Visitor said: “We were so pleased to have several more families join us this year. It was a fun evening, watching the children meet other children their age and seeing how much the children had changed. NFP works with our moms for an average of two and a half years, meaning that a very special bond can be formed which makes reunions of this type very emotional for everyone. It is wonderful to see how far these young families have come.”

The event was held at the Third Ward Playground in Towanda and had a theme of ‘kindergarten readiness.’ As well as enjoying a meal together and fun for the children on the playground, participants learned tips  on how to prepare their child for kindergarten and more importantly how parents can prepare themselves for the their child’s transition into kindergarten. All of the parents received resources and the children were given a writing book, compliments of Bradford-Tioga Head Start.

Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based nurse home visitation program for first-time mothers.  This is a voluntary program for any first-time mother who is income eligible, as long as they enroll prior to 28 weeks gestation.   These pregnant women are then partnered with a Registered Nurse who provides support, education and counseling on health, infant development and self-sufficiency. 

The program goals are to improve pregnancy outcomes, improve the child’s health and development and to improve the mother’s economic self-sufficiency.  When an enrolled mother’s child reaches their 2nd birthday, then the mother and child “graduate” from the NFP program.  In 2014-2015 NFP graduated 22 clients from the program.

For more information about NFP at Guthrie Towanda Memorial Hospital or to find out if you may be eligible to take part, contact Desiree Rockwell at (570) 268-2518 or desiree.rockwell@memorialhospital.org.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.