Saint Alphonsus Health System


Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry

Parish Health VolunteersThe Faith Community Nurse Health Ministry (formerly known as the Parish Nurse Health Ministry) began at Saint Alphonsus (SARMC) in 1989.  It is a partnership between SARMC and community churches to help meet the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of the faith community. For more information, contact 208-367-6494 or e-mail

Saint Alphonsus has also become the site where the Basic Preparation Course for Faith Community Nursing is available. The curriculum is supplied by the International Parish Nurse Resource Center,  Since 1989, Idaho has graduated many Faith Community Nurses ( formerly Parish Nurses) that are currently providing care to their faith communities in the Treasure Valley. Scope and Standards of practice are maintained and set up by the American Nurses Association. The course is given each year by SARMC. 

Two additional programs have started in partnership with the Faith Community Nurse Program and Saint Alphonsus: Partnership in Caring and No One Dies Alone. Through the Partnership in Caring Program, Cancer Care Center patients and Faith Community Nurses in the Treasure Valley are united. The Faith Community Nurse journeys with the patient as they are going through their treatment and/or after their treatment is over. The referral comes from the doctor or staff at the Cancer Care Center. Through the No One Dies Alone Program, the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion is provided to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, companions are able to help provide patients with the most valuable of human gifts: a dignified death.

Healing Music ProgramHealing Music Program

Volunteer musicians provide music as a service to comfort and support patients, family members and staff. Instrumentalists (guitar, flute and piano) and vocalists provide healing music in designated areas as arranged through Volunteer Services. Music for the patient bedside—which requires musicians trained in this specialized field—and for special needs is also available upon request or by pre-arranged appointment through Volunteer Services.

Pet Therapy ProgramPet Therapy Volunteers

Dogs and their owners visit patients, visitors and employees. These are people-loving dogs, and owners have spent a number of hours training their pets to be around a variety of individuals. Our Pet Therapy Dogs have passed the testing and orientation offered by the Saint Alphonsus Recreational Therapy Department.

Caring Clown UnitCaring Clown Unit

Hospital clowns are a joy for patients, families, visitors and the staff of Saint Alphonsus alike! Our clowns MUST graduate from the Smile Aide Training Seminar. A clown cart packed full of fun and laughter has been put together by the clowns to use as they visit the units.

Junior Volunteer Program

For youth ages 14-18, Saint Alphonsus offers the opportunity to experience volunteering in a hospital setting through the Junior Volunteer Program. The program allows teenagers who may have an interest in a medical profession to see first hand what actually goes on in a hospital.

For more information about volunteering or our opportunities, e-mail us at