Saint Louis Crisis Nursery celebrates opening of outreach center at Mercy Jefferson

September 15, 2017

Mercy Hospital Jefferson and the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery celebrated expanded services for our community with a ribbon cutting and open house for the new outreach center inside the hospital.

Cutting the ribbon for the new Saint Louis Crisis Nursery outreach center are Mercy Hospital Jefferson President Eric Ammons, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Director Sharon Neumeister, Crisis Nursery Board President Stephanie Hall, CEO DiAnne Mueller, and Crisis Nursery Social Worker Jessica Buechting.

Cutting the ribbon for the new Saint Louis Crisis Nursery outreach center are Mercy Hospital Jefferson President Eric Ammons, Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Director Sharon Neumeister, Crisis Nursery Board President Stephanie Hall, CEO DiAnne Mueller, and Crisis Nursery Social Worker Jessica Buechting.

“The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is thrilled to begin our partnership with Mercy Hospital Jefferson to bring our Family Empowerment Program to Jefferson County,” said Crisis Nursery CEO, DiAnne Mueller. “We will use our longstanding model of child abuse prevention that has been working in the St. Louis Metro area for over 31 years. Together we will save babies lives, keep kids safe and build strong families.”

Jessica Buechting serves as Crisis Nursery’s family empowerment social worker based at the outreach center. Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides area families with crisis counseling, community referrals, home visitation and parent education groups. The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. 

“We will provide trauma informed case management, crisis intervention, home visits, and parenting groups,” Mueller said. “We are planning to build relationships with other providers to assist families in need who have children ages 0-12.”

Mercy Jefferson co-workers contributed to a collection for the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery organized by the Nursing Logistics Office.

Mercy Jefferson co-workers contributed to a collection for the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery organized by the Nursing Logistics Office.

The center also provides assistance with basic needs, and help facilitating emergency care for children when there is a crisis. During the ribbon cutting the Nursing Logistics office at Mercy Jefferson delivered collected items for the nursery through donations from co-workers.

“The Crisis Nursery outreach center is a tremendous asset for us in our efforts to provide for the children and families in our community,” said Eric Ammons, Mercy Hospital Jefferson President. “We are excited to bring another level of care and service to the people of Jefferson County and surrounding areas.”   

Community health and access coordinator at Mercy Jefferson, Madeline Gemoules said the addition of the Crisis Nursery Outreach Center is a component of the hospital’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

“This partnership is one of several ways that Mercy Jefferson is addressing the Top Health Priority of Access to Care, as determined by the hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment,” Gemoules said.

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides free care for children, birth to age 12, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are five nurseries in the St. Louis region that provide emergency care, medical exams, development assessments and therapeutic interventions for children at risk of abuse and neglect.

The outreach center at Mercy Hospital Jefferson is the St. Louis Crisis Nursery’s ninth such location. The independent, not-for-profit agency provides short-term, safe havens for more than 7,000 children a year, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. 

For more details about the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, please call 314-292-5770 or visit www.crisisnurserykids.org. To reach Buechting at Mercy Jefferson call 314-374-1700.

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