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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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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