Lake Sunapee VNA Presents Annual Awards

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) presented its annual staff and volunteer excellence awards at its Annual Meeting on February 13.

The staff award, known as the “Imagine the Possibilities Award,” was presented to Linda Mitchell, LNA. Starting as a home health aide and now a licensed nursing assistant, Linda has been making a difference in the lives of clients and their families for more than 20 years. During the presentation, Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President & CEO, shared, “Linda is an amazing, caring, skilled LNA and a bright light wherever she goes. She cares deeply for each person and embodies our core values of community, compassion, empowerment and excellence.”

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Linda Mitchell, LNA, receiving the “Imagine the Possibilities Award”

New London resident, Betsy Boege, received the “Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award.” Betsy has been a stellar volunteer since 2002, supporting Hospice, Good Day Respite and other programs whenever her schedule allows. “Her commitment, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, willingness to provide valuable feedback and happy smile make her a beloved member of our team,” shared Culhane as he presented the award.

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Betsy Boege, Volunteer, receiving the “Joanne Hughes Volunteer Excellence Award”

In addition to the award presentations, Culhane thanked outgoing Board member Dr. Donald Eberly for his many years of service on the LSRVNA Board of Trustees, most recently as Chair, and presented him with an honorary plaque. Also recognized were new Board officers Kieran Kays, Chair, and Daniel Junius, Vice Chair.

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Caitlin Harmon Named Chief Clinical Officer at Lake Sunapee VNA

Caitlin Harmon, RN, BSN, has been named Chief Clinical Officer at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA).

Caitlin’s nursing career began in home health care after earning her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of New Hampshire. Since joining LSRVNA in 2010, she has held several positions including RN Case Manager for both home health care and hospice clients, Preceptor for new clinical field staff, and Quality Assurance Director.

As Chief Clinical Officer, Caitlin is responsible for oversight of clinical operations and program processes, including home care, quality assurance, intake, scheduling, medical records and performance improvement. “Caitlin has made substantial contributions to our organization in the ten years she has been with us, and we know that she will provide strong leadership in this new position moving forward,” says Jim Culhane, President & CEO.

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LSRVNA Announces Annual Meeting as it Begins 50th Anniversary Year

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) invites the community to its Annual Meeting to be held on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 4:00pm at the Wilmot Community Association Red Barn on 64 Village Road in Wilmot, New Hampshire.

The meeting will include highlights of 2019 initiatives and accomplishments, annual staff and volunteer award presentations, and remarks by Dr. Donald Eberly reflecting on the agency’s 50th Anniversary this year. “Founded in 1970, LSRVNA is strong, resilient and committed to remaining an enduring presence in the community for another 50 years! We hope to see you there,” says Jim Culhane, President & CEO.

There is no fee to attend and refreshments will be provided. RSVPs are greatly appreciated by contacting Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 x231 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Celebrates 31st Annual Hospice Dinner

Lake Sunapee VNA Celebrates 31st Annual Hospice Dinner

The 2019 Lake Sunapee VNA Hospice Dinner, held on November 13 and again graciously hosted by The Millstone at 74 Main, saw a record attendance of nearly 110 guests. “Such strong support from the community over many years is empowering and deeply appreciated,” says Cathy Raymond, Development Officer.

This elegant evening honors hospice and raises funds and awareness that help to sustain compassionate end-of-life care. The occasion featured music, words of gratitude from staff and hospice families and a delicious meal prepared under the expert guidance of Rich Stockwell. Special thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, dessert sponsor, and Horizon Beverage, wine sponsor.

For information about hospice care or any of the programs provided by Lake Sunapee VNA, call 603-526-4077.

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Members of the Lake Sunapee VNA hospice team enjoying the 31st Annual Hospice Dinner (from left): Cinnamon Blomquist, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Dr. Kristi Saunders, Associate Hospice Medical Director, Tammy Porter, Outreach Liaison, JoJo Hayes, Hospice LPN, Rachel Riedel, Hospice Clinical Coordinator, Jen Taylor, Hospice Program Director, and Kyleigh Mercier, Hospice RN Case Manager.

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Annual Craft Fair to Benefit Hospice

The 2019 Lake Sunapee VNA Craft Fair takes place on Saturday, November 16 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London.

With a wide variety of crafters and vendors, there is truly something for everyone. A perfect chance to do some holiday shopping, the fair also features music, food and the annual “Cookie Walk” where you can purchase a selection of holiday cookies. Stop by and support a wonderful cause. Proceeds benefit the Lake Sunapee Region VNA Hospice Program.

Contact Cheyrl Fogwill at 603-475-2450 for information.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Expands Hospice Volunteer Team

The volunteer team at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) grew substantially on October 2, when 12 area residents graduated from a 16-hour training program that prepared them to be hospice volunteers.

Conducted by Lori O’Connor, Volunteer Manager at LSRVNA, along with several hospice staff participating as guest speakers, the training covered topics such as what is hospice, what does a hospice volunteer do, patient symptoms, boundaries, family dynamics, spirituality, bereavement and self-care. Each graduate received a certificate and pin and joined the group of more than 20 hospice volunteers already providing support and comfort to patients and families throughout LSRVNA’s 32-town service area.

“Volunteers are an integral part of our hospice team,” says O’Connor. “In addition to the nurses, therapists, medical social workers, home care aides and spiritual counselors that are available to hospice patients and their families, hospice volunteers are the ‘warm fuzzies’ that walk through the door to help make the last phase of life the best it can be,” she says. “Not every patient wants a volunteer, but we strive to make them available whenever a need arises.”

In addition to the initial training, hospice volunteers meet monthly for ongoing education and camaraderie. “We are extremely grateful to all our hospice volunteers for the time they dedicate to this important work,” says Jen Taylor, Hospice and Palliative Care Program Director at LSRVNA. “This is the largest volunteer class we have had, and we are excited that there is so much interest from community members wanting to join our team.”

For more information about hospice or volunteer opportunities, call 603-526-4077 or visit lakesunapeevna.org.

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Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) celebrated 12 new hospice volunteer graduates at a ceremony on October 2. Front row from left: Jen Taylor, LSRVNA Hospice and Palliative Care Program Director, Pam Sanborn, Victoria Nedder, Andrea Wilson, Mary Liz Lynch, Helen Wickham, Margaret Wulff, and Lori O’Connor, LSRVNA Volunteer Manager. Back row from left: Deb Smith, Dereck Johnson, Richard Dwyer, Tom Connair, Catherine O’Brian and Brita Ek.

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Summer Party Supports Staff Education

Lake Sunapee VNA “Fun-Filled” Summer Party Supports Staff Education

FUN(d) for Excellence, the 2019 Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice summer party held on August 27 at the New London Historical Society, was a “fun-filled” success complete with a balloon-popping raffle, trivia, ‘Funtinis’ and more!

According to Cathy Raymond, Development Officer, “Guests once again enjoyed an array of delicious food donated by local chefs and restaurants, including A Better Image Marketing & Promotion, Bubba’s Bar & Grille, Coach House Restaurant, The Millstone @ 74 Main, The Old Courthouse, The Refinery, Oak & Grain Restaurant and Suna. Thanks to our “Funtini’ sponsor, A Better Image Marketing & Promotion, and to Flying Goose Brew Pub for the delicious craft beer. We are deeply grateful to every guest and donor and applaud the exceptional generosity of our Luminary sponsors, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust/Charter Trust and Robert Faircloth.”

The support of so many helped to raise vital funds for continuing staff education and training. “At the same time that our population is aging rapidly and the demand for home health and supportive services is increasing, we are also seeing a shrinking workforce. This ‘perfect storm’ makes it more important than ever to dedicate robust resources for competitive compensation and meaningful educational opportunities in order to attract the quality staff needed to care for our community,” said Jim Culhane, President & CEO.

One of the most compelling moments of the evening was when several staff members shared their personal thoughts about what having these resources means to them. For information about supporting Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 x231 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

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Dr. Lori Richer Joins Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

Dr. Lori Richer Joins Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice

Lori Richer, MD, has joined Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) as its new Hospice and Palliative Care Medical Director. Dr. Richer grew up in Newport and returned to the area after earning her medical degree at the University of Utah. She completed her residency with the NH Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program and was a primary care physician (PCP) in the New London area from 2006-2018. As a PCP, Dr. Richer was drawn to taking care of patients in the last phase of life in conjunction with their hospice caregivers. That lead her to pursue a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and transition to that specialty. “I am really excited to be back in the community caring for people in this capacity,” she says.

Hospice focuses on physical, emotional and spiritual comfort, so individuals with a life limiting illness can live their last phase of life to the fullest wherever they call home. Dr. Richer works closely with the entire LSRVNA hospice team—nurses, therapists, social workers, home care aides, spiritual counselors and trained volunteers—in the care of hospice patients and their families.

Palliative care focuses on the conversation and navigation of serious illness. Dr. Richer can assess palliative patients in the home setting, working closely with the patient’s other medical providers to achieve optimal symptom control and other goals of care.

“Along with providing care to our hospice and palliative patients, Dr. Richer is also developing inpatient palliative care services at New London Hospital,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO at LSRVNA. “She will be a great asset to both organizations and our community as we further develop these important services.”

To learn more about the hospice and palliative care services available through LSRVNA, call 603-526-4077 or visit lakesunapeevna.org.

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Join Us for Our Annual Summer Party Fund Raiser

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to a casual summer gathering to support the ongoing delivery of its critical services and the staff who provide them. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 27 at 5:30pm at the New London Historical Society and will include plentiful hors d’oeuvres, festive libations, music and more. Tickets are $75 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available as well. For tickets and sponsorships, complete and return the Response Form below or contact Cathy Raymond at craymond@lakesunapeevna.org or 603-526-4077 x231.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Welcomes New Hospice & Palliative Care Director

Lake Sunapee VNA Welcomes New Hospice & Palliative Care Director

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) is pleased to welcome Jen Taylor, MSN, APRN, AGNP-C, as its Hospice & Palliative Care Program Director. As a nurse practitioner with a certification in adult-gerontology, she brings a great depth of knowledge, skill and passion to her new role.

Taylor received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Colby-Sawyer College and began her career in the cardiac unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She continued her education to obtain both a master’s in nursing and a nurse practitioner certification from Duke University, and during that time worked at LSRVNA as an RN case manager for home care and hospice patients. After finishing school, Taylor taught in the nursing program at Colby-Sawyer College. She then returned to LSRVNA as a staff educator and nurse practitioner in the hospice and palliative care program. Most recently, she was a nurse practitioner in Neurology Associates at Concord Hospital, caring for patients with multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Taylor has a passion for serving the older population, especially in the areas of hospice and palliative care. “When the opportunity came up to join LSRVNA again, I was thrilled to return to home hospice and palliative care,” says Taylor. “Returning to LSRVNA truly feels like coming home. I am very excited to be working with a highly skilled and compassionate team in order to provide excellent home hospice and palliative care services to the community.”

To learn more about the hospice and palliative care services available through LSRVNA, call 603-526-4077 or visit lakesunapeevna.org.

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