Health & Wellness

St. Matthias Parish partners with Our Lady of Lourdes in Milwaukee, WI to provide health and wellness services. Our shared parish nurse is Wanda Nye, RN. She is an Aurora Parish Nurse and has been in this position since September of 2008. Wanda also coordinates the Health and Wellness Ministry Committee, which has members from both parishes. This ministry provides and promotes health and wellness through education, health counseling, health referrals, and empowering the congregation to be better advocates for their own mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.

To get involved with or learn more about this ministry, please contact Wanda Nye, RN, at 414-545-4281.

Our Facebook page:  @mkehealthcorner

Upcoming Event: Living Well with Chronic Conditions – Tuesdays starting March 14th @Aurora West Allis Medical Center – Check Flyer for more details.

“Open Door” Nurse Visits

This will be a free service open to members of St. Matthias Parish, as well as the greater community of Milwaukee and its’ neighbors.  Our vision is to be able to welcome ALL of God’s people and share His love by caring for others.

“Open Door” Nurse Visits In partnership with Aurora Health Care
Free Service; open to the public [adults]
2nd and 3rd Wednesday, 1:00- 2:30 PM

Appointments available, but walk-ins will always be welcome.
Call 414-982-2408 to schedule an appointment

Services provided include:

  • Blood Pressure Checks
    Drop in during the open door nurse visits 2nd and 3 rd Wednesday from 1 -2:30 come to the church office.
  • Pre-diabetes and Diabetes management counseling
  • Health coaching – making lifestyle changes to improve your health
  • Grief counseling
  • Medicare questions
  • General health questions
  • Referral to primary care or specialty medical care
  • Adult caregiver support and resource finding
  • Completing and Advance Directive for health care decisions

Health Risk Screenings: Depression, Stroke and Diabetes

writingDo you have advanced directives?

If you are over 18 it is important to fill out [advanced directives] otherwise called Durable Power of Attorney for health care forms.

These forms direct a person of your choosing to make your health care decisions, if you are not able to speak for yourself.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has advanced directive forms available online.  These forms are designed to be completed without the assistance of an attorney.  Given your particular circumstances or concerns, however, you may want to seek legal advice from an attorney.

The web site is:

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Wanda Nye RN,
your Parish Nurse in Partnership with Aurora Health Care.
1-414-982-2408  or

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Here are some stats from the health and wellness ministry for 2016.

At St. Matthias I had 318 client contacts.
-This includes clients with chronic health conditions I saw 125 people.
Clients with chronic conditions made a practical goal on how to deal with their condition.

The number of referrals I gave was 140.

Referrals included to:

  • Physician
  • Doctor referral line
  • DNR bracelet
  • Urgent care
  • Alzheimer’s association
  • Senior Law
  • Senior referral
  • Greif group
  • Homecare
  • Parent classes
  • Mentoring for new dads
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatrist
  • 911 paramedics
  • Transit plus
  • Interfaith for rides
  • Cancer support group
  • Caring bridge
  • Mental health referral
  • Living well with diabetes class
  • Physical therapy for brace revision
  • Village at Manor Park
  • Health hut for probiotics
  • Support group for mental illness
  • Talk with doctor to get driving privileges taken away
  • Senior center
  • Good grief guys group
  • Low income housing resources
  • Partners in prayer
  • Interfaith to help with leafs
  • Catholic charities
  • Diabetic shoe stores
  • Silver sneakers at the YMCA
  • Safe harbor support group
  • Fr Genes help center
  • Rent a wheel chair store
  • Meals on wheels
  • Occupational therapy exercise class
  • Face mask from Walgreen’s for the cold
  • Quick care to get flu shot
  • Hospice information
  • Funeral planning and end of life concerns
  • Department on aging
  • Med Tronic pacer checking
  • Chiropractor
  • Dietician
  • Hospital support group
  • Hour of adoration
  • Life line
  • Getting a home blood pressure cuff
  • PTSD group
  • Self-defense course
  • Weight watchers
  • Acorn stair lift