The Fourth Annual Retired Nurses' Tea, sponsored by St. Luke's Miners' Memorial Home Care Center, was held May 11 in the center's Tamaqua office. The event was coordinated by center Director Mary Louise Zimmerman, RN-BSN, and her staff and included a nurse's lamp lighting ceremony, moment of silence and a luncheon.

Special guest speaker was Kim Sargent, RN, who is Vice President of Patient Care Services at St. Luke's Miners' Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Linda Williams, St. Luke's Hospice, provided the invocation.

St. Luke's Home Care's Tamaqua office provides patient skilled nursing and support services to residents of Schuylkill, Carbon and lower Luzerne Counties. The primary goal is to allow patients to remain in their own homes/communities as they recover form an illness, injury or surgery, or for those with chronic conditions. Home Care provides a team approach, utilizing the skill of nurses, therapists, aides and social workers. Care is provided in the patients' homes under a doctor's supervision.

St. Luke's Home Care started in 1993 and was initially located within the hospital facility. The move to Tamaqua was completed five years ago, a huge benefit according to Zimmerman, "We love being here in Tamaqua. It makes us part of the community to serve."

For more information about home health services, call 570-952-8219 or 1-800-251-6662.