Lake Sunapee VNA Earns Five Star Rating for Hospice

Lake Sunapee VNA is proud to announce that it has achieved a five star rating for hospice. In a message to the hospice team, Jim Culhane, President & CEO, stated, "This is a huge recognition of the care you provide as per the surveys we receive back from caregivers. It clearly shows the dedication and hard work you all put in and which has been recognized by the families you work with. Congratulations and Thank You for the outstanding work that you do!"

Five Star Rating for Hospice

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Annette Vogel Receives Above and Beyond Award

Lake Sunapee VNA was pleased to honor Annette Vogel, owner and publisher of the InterTown Record, with a special award at its Better Together summer party on August 2nd. The award was presented to Vogel by Gail Matthews, a long-time friend and supporter of Lake Sunapee VNA and founder of the agency’s Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon…the event where this award would normally be presented. “Though the pandemic has prevented the luncheon from being held in recent years, the summer party was the perfect time and place to honor Annette, especially because 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the InterTown Record,” says Cathy Raymond, Development Officer. Read more about the award presentation at:

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Local Businesses Help Make Us “Better Together”!

Better Together … the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice summer party on August 2nd … was wonderful! Seeing so many friends and supporters at long last made us all feel better. Special thanks to our generous event sponsors whose confidence in our work and mission mean so much:

  • Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
  • Claremont Savings Bank
  • LaValley Building Supply
  • Ledyard National Bank
  • Mascoma Bank
  • Sugar River Bank
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Jim Culhane Recognized with Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award

The Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire presented its 2022 Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award to Lake Sunapee VNA CEO Jim Culhane at their Annual Meeting this June in Meredith. The Maryellen LaRoche Public Policy Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to hospice and home health care in New Hampshire through leadership in the public policy arena.

“Jim’s contributions to home care and hospice in New Hampshire have been invaluable,” said Gina Balkus, CEO of the Home Care Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance. “He has always answered the call to advocate for people who rely on this care.”

Culhane has served on the Alliance Board of Directors and Legislative Committee. He has testified on the Medicaid and Choices for Independence budgets at the State House, met with the Governor and legislators on key issues, spent countless hours reviewing and providing feedback on regulatory proposals, and served on the state's Disaster Medical Care Advisory Committee, which dealt with access to care for COVID patients. 

His participation in health delivery and advocacy groups has provided opportunities to share knowledge among health and human service agencies, community leaders, municipalities, and legislators.

The Alliance membership includes not-for-profit and proprietary agencies licensed to provide home health and hospice services in New Hampshire and hospital-based palliative care programs. Members provide services for thousands of New Hampshire residents from birth through end of life.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Announces 2022 Summer Party

“Everything’s Better When We Get Together” … at long last we’re having an in-person party! We’ve missed you! Please join us for a casual evening to relax and reconnect on Tuesday, August 2 at 5:30pm at Colby-Sawyer College’s Ivey Field. Enjoy tasty hors-d’oeuvres, refreshing libations and live music. $75 per person. Contact Cathy Raymond for details and to RSVP at 603-526-4077 x231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Conversation about Workforce Housing in New London

The New London Housing Commission is holding a public panel discussion with local employers, including Lake Sunapee VNA, to explore the impact that a lack of workforce housing is having and what needs to be done to address this crisis. Join us in person at Colby-Sawyer College's Wheeler Hall or live stream it at on May 25 from 6:00-7:00pm.

Participating panelists will include:

  • Sue Stuebner Ed.D., President, Colby-Sawyer College
  • Tom Manion, President and CEO, New London Hospital
  • Jim Culhane, President and CEO, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice
  • Laurie Schive, Owner, Blue Loon Bakery
  • Rich Stockwell, Owner, 74 Main Restaurant

Moderator: Mark Fougere AICP, Fougere Planning & Development Inc.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Announces 2022 Board of Trustees

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice (LSRVNA) has welcomed two new members to its Board of Trustees—Anne Seger, MD, and Anthony Marino, MD, both of Sunapee. A retired internal medicine physician, Dr. Seger worked during her career as the medical director for several health plans, a physician at UMass Medical Center and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at UMass Medical School, among other roles. Dr. Marino is an orthopaedic surgeon at The NH Orthopaedic Center in Nashua and has worked at numerous affiliated hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

“We’re very pleased to have Anthony and Anne join the Board,” says Jim Culhane, LSRVNA President and CEO. “As we continue to see increasing complexities in the health care world, their clinical experience, combined with their knowledge of home care and hospice, make for great additions to an already well rounded Board.”

The 2022 Board also includes: Kieran Kays (Chair); Daniel Junius (Vice Chair); Neil Shifrin, PhD (Treasurer); George “Bo” Quackenbos (Secretary); Sheldon Boege; Ann Dewey; Donald Eberly, MD (CHS Board); Elizabeth Falicon, APRN, MSN; Shari Goldberg, RN, PhD; Maynard Goldman (CHS Board); Christopher Martin; Linda Scofield; and Deanna Wilson.

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Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon Cancelled

After thoughtful conversations with many, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice believes it must remain cautious and not hold large in-person gatherings until summer. Thus, the May 2022 Women Who Make A Difference Luncheon has been cancelled. This is such a difficult decision, especially knowing how much our supporters have missed the fun of getting together. But when we finally have our joyous Luncheon, we will do so without doubts or undue risk.

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice looks forward to holding an in-person party this summer and can’t wait to see everyone together again! Watch for details in the coming weeks and contact Cathy Raymond with any questions or thoughts: 603-526-4077 x231; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Rebecca Lacasse Joins Hospice & Palliative Team

Rebecca Lacasse, DNP, APRN, has joined the team at Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice as its Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, bringing with her 17 years of nursing experience. Lacasse holds a Doctorate in Nursing from Maryville University and a Master’s from Walden University and completed rotations in hematology/oncology and palliative medicine during her training. She has worked at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in orthoplastic and trauma, as well as in neuroscience and ENT surgeries. For the last three years, she worked in primary care at Mid-State Health Center in Bristol, NH.

“I was drawn to hospice and palliative care because I can treat the whole person and not just the disease,” says Lacasse. “Through all my schooling and experience, to providing hospice care for my grandparents in my family’s home, I was definitely drawn to this role.”

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. Lacasse works closely with the entire 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 advanced illness. Lacasse 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.

For more information, call Lake Sunapee VNA at 603-526-4077.

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Join Us for Our Virtual Annual Meeting on March 10

Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice invites you to its Annual Meeting to be held virtually on Thursday, March 10 at 4:00pm. The meeting will include a review of 2021, Board elections, a tribute to staff, and time for your questions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about our home health care agency, which serves people of all ages in 32 area towns.

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the following link:

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 142-566-725

Get the app now and be ready when your first GoTo meeting starts:

For more information, contact Cathy Raymond at 603-526-4077 x231 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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