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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Gail Matthews Delivers Inspiring Message at Women’s Luncheon

The historic 20th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon was complete with emeralds, white flowers, music, dignitaries, raffles and plenty of joy to go around. Guest speaker and luncheon founder, Gail Matthews, spoke about how we can all “bloom where we are planted,” give of ourselves, grow strong and make a difference. She shared memories of the luncheon and stories of our beautiful region and the many people who make it so special.

Enjoy Gails’ inspiring message at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tolPPVG_lmc&feature=youtu.be

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Winner of 2019 “Woman Who Makes A Difference Award” revealed!

Lake Sunapee VNA Women's Luncheon Celebrates 20th Anniversary

On May 15, 2019 at Colby-Sawyer College’s Wheeler Hall, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) celebrated the 20th anniversary of its "Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon" honoring extraordinary local women and raising funds for the agency’s Pediatric Program.

The historic 20th year was complete with emeralds, white flowers, music, dignitaries, raffles and plenty of joy to go around. Guest speaker and luncheon founder, Gail Matthews, spoke about how we can all “bloom where we are planted,” give of ourselves, grow strong and make a difference. She shared memories of the luncheon and stories of our beautiful region and the many people who make it so special.

The highlight of the sold-out event (225 guests!) was the presentation of the “Woman Who Makes A Difference Award” to Ginny Foose of New London and the “High School Student Who Makes A Difference Award” to Jacinta Hogan of Mount Royal Academy. Their exceptional kindness and service are an inspiration for all ages.

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“Woman Who Makes A Difference” award winner Ginny Foose (left) of New London with Jane Peel, Luncheon Committee member who presented the award.

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“High School Student Who Makes A Difference” award winner Jacinta Hogan (left) of Mount Royal Academy with Abby Peel, Luncheon Committee member who presented the award.

The event’s success and longevity are only possible because of so many generous and enthusiastic guests, contributors and sponsors. “I love the luncheon not only because it is fun, uplifting and put together by an amazing committee of women all of whom make a difference in their own unique ways, but also because of the deep roots of community engagement for which I remain very grateful,” said Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer. “Special thanks go to our 2019 EMERALD sponsor, Ledyard National Bank,” said Raymond. “We also acknowledge our STAR sponsors Scott Matthews & Tamara Nikuradse and Ellie Snyder as well as ANGEL sponsors Linda & Bob Ewing, Mascoma Bank and Gail Matthews.”

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2019 Luncheon Committee (from left): Jane Peel, Jeana Newbern, Jan Sahler, Ellen Brownson, Cathy Raymond, Gail Matthews, Beth Swanson, Abby Peel, Kristen Branzetti, Jayne Rayno and Tanya Wilkie.

For information about the event or LSRVNA in general, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 or craymond@lakesunapeevna.org.

 

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WWII Veteran Joseph Rogers Honored Through "We Honor Veterans" Ceremony

Members of American Legion Post 25 Newport NH were honored to participate in a March 28 “We Honor Veterans” program for 93-year-old WWII Navy veteran Joseph Robert Rogers originally from Somerville, MA. Joe is the proud father of three daughters and has five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His daughter Elise Bundy and her husband Gerry were present and took part in the ceremony.

Honors were conducted by Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA), a "We Honor Veterans" partner since 2011, and took place at The Seasons at Summercrest, an assisted living community in Newport where Joe currently resides. John Monroe-Cassel, LSRVNA Chaplain, opened the program with thanks to Joe and all veterans for their service. Maureen Healey, LSRVNA Social Worker, presented Joe with a pin, star from a retired flag, certificate of appreciation and memorial book. Kelly Rochford, LSRVNA Massage Therapist, presented Joe with a picture of the ship he served on in the Pacific.

Members of the American Legion read letters from President Harry Truman and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal, sent to Joe at the time of his separation from active duty, thanking him for his dedication and commitment in service to our country. Post 25 also presented Joe with an American Legion cap and American flag in recognition of his service. Joe served aboard USS Eldorado CGA-11. In November 1944, she sailed to Pearl Harbor and there became the flagship for Vice Admiral Richmond K. Turner, Commander, Amphibious Forces, Pacific. Joseph served aboard the Eldorado during this time and participated in the following operations:

  • On January 27, 1045, after rehearsal landings in Hawaii, the command ship sailed for the Marianas and further preparations for the assault landing on Iwo Jima. The ship also carried General Holland Smith, USMC and his staff, and Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and his party when it sailed from Saipan on February 16 for Iwo Jima. The Eldorado lay off Iwo Jima from February 19 to March 9, its distinguished passengers directing operations ashore and afloat. It served as headquarters for war correspondents and broadcast directly from the beachhead to the people at home through its facilities. One of these correspondents was Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press, who took the famous American flag-raising photo on Mount Suribachi. Through the critical period of the bloody and arduous operation, the ship carried out its duties as flagship and operations center with effective thoroughness.
  • The Eldorado arrived at Guam on March 12, 1045 and embarked Lieutenant General Simon B. Buckner, Commanding General of the 10th Army, then after rehearsals at Leyte in the Philippines, sailed off to the Hagushi Beaches, Okinawa for the initial invasion landings on April 1. The ship carried out with equal distinction the same type of duties it had performed at Iwo Jima. Since both the commander Air Support Control Unit, and the Force Fighter Director Officer were embarked, Eldorado's combat information center was the central unit in the air defense against the day and night air raids. General Buckner and his staff debarked on April 18 to establish headquarters on the island itself, and until the ship's departure on May 18, it was visited by several distinguished guests, including Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, Jr., and Raymond A. Spruance, and the noted war correspondent Ernie Pyle.

Joe served in the Navy from 1943-1946 and received three medals during that time: the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal. Following his military service, he went to college on the GI Bill. He attended Salem State College for his undergraduate degree, received a graduate degree from Tufts University, and was a high school history teacher and principal in Ipswich, MA for more than 25 years.

"We Honor Veterans" is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs designed specifically for hospice teams to meet the unique needs of veterans. It reaches respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgement. For more information, contact Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice at 603-526-4077.

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20th Annual Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon

May 15th Luncheon Expected to Sell Out

WE'RE ABOUT FULL for the 20th anniversary of the Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon to be held May 15, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Colby-Sawyer College in New London! Additional details.

TO CHECK ON AVAILABILITY OF TICKETS, contact Cathy Raymond at:
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FEATURED SPEAKER: Gail Matthews, Event Founder

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BE A SPONSOR and help the event raise vital funds for the Lake Sunapee VNA Pediatric Program. Sponsorship opportunities.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Recognizes Board Members, Staff and Volunteers

At its Annual Meeting on March 5, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) recognized new and outgoing board members, presented staff and volunteer excellence awards and enjoyed a presentation on "Aging with Confidence" by Martha Bruce, PhD, MPH, professor at The Dartmouth Institute.

Jim Culhane, President & CEO, spoke about the agency's strong and successful year in 2018, as well as the goals and challenges moving forward. He expressed gratitude for an exceptionally supportive community, talented staff and the more than 90 volunteers who enrich virtually every program and service provided by LSRVNA.

Board Chair, Dr. Donald Eberly, welcomed new board members Ann Dewey of Newport, Beverly Rankin of Claremont, Linda Schofield of Wilmot, Mary Scott of New London and Neil Shifrin of Sutton. He also thanked outgoing board members Kristyn Jamieson of New London and Lisa Richmond of Claremont for their service.

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The 2019 Staff Excellence Award was presented to Jill Lee, HR/Fiscal Associate. A resident of Newbury and an LSRVNA employee for nearly 20 years, Lee was praised for her exceptional work ethic and described as "the quiet rock that many of us stand on, adapting to change with grace."

Jim & Dorie

Dorie Morrow of Newbury received the 2019 Volunteer Excellence Award. She has volunteered at LSRVNA for 20 years in many capacities, including visiting hospice patients, leading the hospice vigil team, preparing lunches for the Good Day Respite program and assisting with annual flu clinics. It was stated that "we can all aspire to live like Dorie, with joy and in service to others."

For more information about Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, call 603-526-4077 or visit lakesunapeevna.org.

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