Now Offering Free Ultrasounds!

In addition to providing the following free, confidential services:

  • counseling
  • educational materials
  • emotional support
  • life skills training
  • mentoring
  • pregnancy test
  • tangible goods*

The Pregnancy and Family Life Center of Citrus County is able to offer free, limited obstetrical ultrasounds to confirm viable uterine pregnancy and gestational age. Please call us for further information.

*Tangible goods include; baby supplies and clothing, including baby, children’s, maternity, and some adult clothing.

Sherri Turner, ARNP

Sherri has been a nurse practitioner in women’s health since 1979, when she completed the Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwifery program at University of California, San Diego. Since then, she has worked as a nurse practitioner in the U. S. Navy, and for Kaiser Permanente in Washington, D.C.

After retirement in 2002, she and her husband moved to Citrus County, where she has been professionally involved in the Faith Community Nursing ministry at St. Scholastica Catholic Church.

She volunteers at the Pregnancy and Family Life Center as Nurse Manager of the Homosassa facility and early pregnancy sonographer.

Premium Performance And Point-of-Care Ultrasound

The unique “Twice Ultrasound Vision” represents a “paradigm shift” in the hospital organization, combining two systems in one: top performance and exclusive solutions able to change the daily clinical outcome where Efficiency and Productivity are of paramount importance. 

Providing ultrasound machines to pregnancy resource centers has enabled many thousands of pregnant women to see that their unborn child is a living human being. Ultrasound technology allows a mother to see her developing child and recognize the miracle of life within her. As a result, thousands of mothers have decided to have their babies.

Recognizing this fact, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council located in New Haven, Connecticut, launched the “Ultrasound Initiative” on January 22, 2009, on the 36th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. This Initiative matches 50% of the cost of the ultrasound machine with state and local councils that submit the name of an approved and qualified pregnancy center.

The St Thomas Council 15154 in Homosassa recommended The Pregnancy and Family Life Center of Citrus County to Supreme as a candidate for the Sonogram Initiative. After approval of Supreme and the St Petersburg Diocese, the St Thomas council began soliciting the support of the other Knights of Columbus councils in Citrus County to help raise the funds necessary to purchase a sonogram machine.

ultrasound image over baby bump

The other Knights of Columbus councils that actively participated in the fund drive are Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168, Our Lady of Fatima Council 6391, and St. Scholastica Council 14485.

On December 04, 2014, the Sonogram Fund reached the goal of $14,000, which is 50% of the purchase price for a new sonogram machine.  This unexpected feat was accomplished by the extraordinary generosity of two Roman Catholic priests of our diocese:  The Reverend Father Gregory Andrews, an author and visiting priest at St Thomas, and his friend and fellow priest, the Reverend Michael Lydon, the Pastor at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Port Richey.

 

ultrasound patient

The My-Lab 6, Easote NA sonogram machine was delivered to The Pregnancy and Family Life Center of Citrus County, in the Catholic Charities Outreach Center at 9020 W. Atlas Drive Drive in Homosassa, on January 2015.

As a note, as of December 2016, the Knights of Columbus Sonogram Initiative has funded and placed a total of 752 ultrasound machines — valued at more than $36 million — in all 50 states, as well as in Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and Peru.