Building and Sustaining the Bon Secours St. Mary’s Forensic Nursing Examiner Program

Your support helps offer hope for people facing the most difficult time of their lives.

St. Mary’s Forensic Nurse Examiner program provides a continuity of care from reporting to conviction. Unlike an ER physician who can be called away during a sexual or physical assault exam, the forensic nurse (housed in offices away from the ER) is able to stay with the patient through the entire exam. As a liaison between the medical profession and the criminal justice system, a forensic nurse is specially trained in evidence collection, criminal procedures, legal testimony, and other skills required not just to care for the patient, but to assist with the prosecution of a crime. St. Mary’s Forensic Nursing program, which is dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate care in a safe environment, is a true community effort supported financially by our health system parent (Bon Secours) and generous corporate and individual donors. However, there is more work to be done.

Opportunities to Make a Difference:

Over the next two years, St. Mary’s Forensic Nurse Examiner program will:

  1. Expand forensic nursing coverage to two additional underserved communities that currently lack forensic nursing resources;
  2. Provide information and technical assistance to professionals caring for patients in areas lacking forensic nursing services; and
  3. Collaborate with the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing to develop a simulation-based forensic nurse training, allowing nurses in rural and underserved areas to receive clinical experiences as a forensic nurse.

Bon Secours is more than just our hospitals. We’re members of the community with a responsibility to serve our neighbors in need. In order to meet the present and future demands of healthcare in these communities, we depend on contributions from people like you who believe in our mission-driven ministry.

We invite you to invest in our community by supporting the St. Mary’s Hospital Forensic Nurse Examiner program. Your gift will make a difference by extending hope and healing to individuals, families and communities. It will help us sustain the legacy of our Bon Secours faith-based ministry, by bringing Good Help to Those in Need®.

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For more information or to make a gift, please contact:

Angie Dempsey
Senior Development Officer
Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
5008 Monument Avenue, 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23230
804-594-4706