During the month of November, Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice joins organizations across the nation to raise awareness about home care, hospice and palliative care. “Most people don’t think much about health care services until they need them, but it’s important to know that a variety of home-based care is readily available right here in this community,” says Jim Culhane, President and CEO.
Home health care is medical care that helps patients recover from surgery, illness, injury or complications from a chronic condition in the comfort of home. It gives people the ability to recuperate in the place they feel most comfortable while receiving the treatment and assistance needed from skilled health care professionals. This can include wound care, medication management, physical therapy and occupational therapy, to name a few examples.
When someone has an advanced illness, palliative care helps to provide relief from symptoms and stress. It also helps people better understand and navigate their illness with conversations around health care choices and personal goals. Palliative care can be utilized as a stand-alone service or in conjunction with other treatments and services.
When a person facing a terminal illness chooses to stop curative treatment, hospice is available to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort to the patient and family. It allows a person to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by their loved ones. The hospice team helps craft a plan of care that centers on the patient’s goals and wishes. Support is also provided to the patient’s family as they deal with the practical details and emotional challenges of end of life care.
Personal care services are also available to the community to assist with daily tasks such as bathing, grooming, light housekeeping and meal preparation. These services help people to continue to live in their homes independently.
“If you feel our services might be of benefit to you or a loved one, I encourage you call us for further information and guidance,” says Culhane. “We can answer questions about the referral process, cost, frequency of visits and more.”
Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice can be reached at 603-526-4077. Additional information can be found at LakeSunapeeVNA.org.Read More
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!"
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: https://www.intertownrecord.com/_files/ugd/de3512_07a873eeeb3c4b60b1380a8f718e0d1d.pdfRead More
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
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.Read More
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 https://ycnnow.com/streaming/ 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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
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.Read More