The New London Service Organization (NLSO) has once again made a wonderful donation of $1,000 to Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) in support of the “Kearsarge Kids Christmas Program Elf Fund.” The program, a collaboration between many community partners that began nearly 20 years ago, helps local families in need of a little extra support during the holidays by providing holiday gifts and gift cards. “This generous contribution will bring joy to families, especially the children, again this year,” said Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer.
New London Service Organization was founded in 1944, originally to provide support to local residents returning home from military service. Over the years, it has helped individuals and organizations, in New London and Elkins, in countless ways. Its tradition of giving back lives on in action today as it did more than 70 years ago. “We are delighted to support this program to benefit children in need in our community,” shared Ben Barton, NLSO Director.
From left: Gary Faccone, First Vice President; Ed Condict, Second Vice President; Wendy Johnson, Treasurer; Marion Hafner, President; Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development OfficerRead More
Loa and Steve Winter moved to New Hampshire from California in the late 1970’s and were instrumental in the introduction of hospice care to Lake Sunapee VNA and the region. As we celebrate National Hospice Month and the impactful hospice care provided by Lake Sunapee VNA over so many years, it’s an especially meaningful time for Loa Winter to have donated her artist’s rendering of Florence Nightingale. Over the years, Loa, a well-known and prolific local artist, has created a number of what are known as “Dummy Boards/Silent Companions” depicting a variety of historic figures. “I was inspired to paint Florence in honor of her good work, my mother (who was a nurse), and all the spirits of strong, smart, caring women who have gone before us and continue to work as nurses and caregivers,” shared Loa. Florence has found a perfect new home at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice!
Loa Winter’s art is currently featured at Tatewell Gallery in New London with a Meet the Artist reception on Friday, November 19 from 4:30-6:30 pm. All are invited. To learn more about the Winters’ role in the history of Lake Sunapee VNA, watch their 50th Anniversary interview at https://lakesunapeevna.org/about/celebrating-50-years.
Shown from left: Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer; Loa Winter’s rendering of Florence Nightingale, which Winter has donated to LSRVNA; Loa Winter, Local Artist and Hospice Program Founder; and Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President & CEO. LSRVNA will display this very meaningful donation from Winter in its main lobby.Read More
The Lake Sunapee VNA clinicians that attended our on-site Wound Skills Days this past month enjoyed all the training and review that the educators of 3M/KCI provided. Sessions were held on three different days under tents in our parking lot to make it safe and convenient for staff to attend. These events helped equip our nurses with a new arsenal of wound dressings to optimize skills for improved patient outcomes and was an excellent review of the skills they frequently complete in the home. Thank you to our partners at 3M/KCI!
The time has come! After over a year of the program being on hold, we are excited to announce the relaunching of our Hospice Volunteer Program. Our Hospice Volunteers have served a vital role on our Hospice interdisciplinary team. They have a deep desire to give comfort, peace, and care to our patients. They do this purely out of the goodness of their hearts and their own free time. Volunteers have a significant impact on the lives of our patients, often connecting with them on a deep and personal level. This relationship benefits the patient and their loved ones, as well as the interdisciplinary team. Not only do they provide the team with particular insight into our patients’ lives, but through the volunteers' interactions, they are helping our organization maintain a high level of excellence in patient care. For more information about our volunteer programs, contact Elizabeth Gantner, Volunteer Manager, at 603-748-2225.Read More
Lake Sunapee VNA now offers three virtual grief support groups for the community.
The “Newly Bereaved Widows Group” is for women who have experienced the loss of their husband within the last year and is held on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00-11:00am. The “Widow to Widow Group” is for women in all stages of grief and meets on the first Monday of every month from 3:30-5:00pm. Newly bereaved widows are welcome at this group as well, especially if they are feeling the need for more frequent support. In addition, a “Bereavement Check-in” group is available for men and women on the third Wednesday of every month from 4:00-5:00pm.
All of these groups provide an opportunity for participants to come together in a safe place of compassion and confidentiality. Attend once, multiple times or as needed. If interested, email your contact information to email@example.com and a member of the Lake Sunapee VNA bereavement team will call you with further details.Read More
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) approved its 2021 Board of Trustees at its Annual Meeting on March 3. During the meeting, Kieran Kays, Board Chair, welcomed two new trustees—Elizabeth Falicon, APRN, MSN, FNP-BC, and Christopher Martin. Falicon is the Owner and a Nurse Practitioner at Life Long Care of New London. Martin is the Owner and Administrator at Woodlawn Care Center in Newport.
“We’re very excited to have Liz and Chris join the Board,” says Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President and CEO. “Liz’s experience in primary care and Chris’ experience in long-term care bring necessary perspectives to the Board that will help guide the organization through current and future complexities of health care in our region. In conjunction with Kieran’s thoughtful leadership and that of our entire Board, we’re positioned for continued success in achieving our mission to help keep people in their homes.”
The 2021 Board also includes: Daniel Junius (Vice Chair); Neil Shifrin, PhD (Treasurer); George “Bo” Quackenbos (Secretary); Sheldon Boege; Ann Dewey; Donald Eberly, MD (CHS Board); Shari Goldberg, RN, PhD; Maynard Goldman; Beverley Rankin, RN, BSN; Linda Scofield; Deanna Wilson; and Michael Wood, Esq.Read More
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust recently presented donations totaling nearly $12,000 to seven Northern New England nonprofit organizations from its employee-driven charitable giving program, Casual for a Cause. The recipients of the contributions collected in Q4 2020 are: BROC Community Action, Capstone Community Action, Friends in Action, Island Connections, Knox County Homeless Coalition, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, and Tedford Housing.
“These nonprofit organizations provide much-needed services to our communities, and the employees of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are honored to be able to assist them with their efforts,” said Jack Frost, VP Director of Community Giving at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.
Casual for a Cause gives Bank employees the opportunity to dress casually on Fridays in exchange for a bi-weekly payroll deduction made to a pool of funds collected during each quarter. The employees then vote on the nonprofits to receive their contributions. Employees have donated more than $100,000 to more than 50 organizations across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont since the program launched in 2018.
“We are very grateful for the strong and continued support of Bar Harbor Bank &Trust as Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice remains committed to enhancing quality of life for so many people in the regions both our organizations serve,” said Cathy Raymond, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice Development Officer. “Our team of nearly 200 staff travel to every corner of a large service area, making a difference every day. It really does empower them to keep up their good and often challenging work knowing that organizations like yours have our back and believe in what we do.”Read More
The New London Rotary Club has donated 1000 surgical masks to Lake Sunapee VNA for the second time since the pandemic began. The masks were made available through the Rotary Million Mask Initiative and the Rossi Foundation and distributed locally by members of the New London Rotary Club, including club president Katie Blake and club member Lou Botta. Jeana Newbern, Marketing and Community Outreach Manager, accepted the masks on behalf of Lake Sunapee VNA stating, “We are so thankful to the Rotary Club for supporting us in this way, and we will put every mask to good use.”Read More
Alyson Santaniello, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, has joined the palliative care team at Lake Sunapee VNA, bringing with her 22 years of nursing experience. With a BSN from the University of Rhode Island and an APRN from UMASS Lowell, Santaniello has worked in inpatient and outpatient oncology, done research in neuro-oncology, and for the last five years worked at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH.
“The palliative care program at Lake Sunapee VNA is unique to our region of New Hampshire because we are providing palliative care to people in their homes,” says Jen Taylor, APRN, Hospice and Palliative Care Program Director. “We are providing access to in-home visits from trained palliative care providers, who usually work in inpatient or clinic settings at large hospitals. It is rewarding to bring a knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate team directly into the homes of our rural community.”
Palliative care is specialty medical care that focuses on providing an extra layer of support to those facing serious illness (e.g., cancer, kidney disease, lung disease, Alzheimer’s, ALS), especially if they are experiencing a decline in health and/or frequent trips to the hospital. It helps people better understand and navigate their illness with an emphasis on personal goals and symptom management. Palliative care does not replace primary care or any other treatment the person may be receiving. It can be utilized as a stand-alone service or work with other treatments and services to improve quality of life.
Santaniello joins Lori Richer, MD, Board Certified Palliative Care Physician, in providing this service at Lake Sunapee VNA. “I am so excited to be a part of Lake Sunapee VNA’s developing palliative care program,” says Santaniello. “I am looking forward to teaching providers, patients and families more about this medical specialty and how it can be beneficial to those facing a serious illness. I find it meaningful and important to be able to walk this journey with my patients and their families, while providing them with a good quality of life.”
For more information, call Lake Sunapee VNA at 603-526-4077.Read More