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:
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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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Grief Support Available Through Lake Sunapee VNA

Lake Sunapee VNA offers three virtual grief support groups for the community at no cost.

The “Recently Bereaved Group” is for men and women who have experienced the loss of their spouse within the last year and is held on the second and fourth 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 experiencing a loss of any kind and is held 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 Elizabeth Gantner at egantner@lakesunapeevna.org and a member of the Lake Sunapee VNA bereavement team will call you with further details.

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Foot Care Clinics Available in Five Locations

If you’re having trouble with routine foot care, Lake Sunapee VNA can help. Foot Care Clinics are available by appointment only in the following locations every month: Charlestown Senior Center, Claremont Senior Center, COA Chapin Senior Center in New London, Newport Senior Center and Upper Valley Senior Center in Lebanon. For a $25 fee, our clinic nurses provide a toenail trim and file, soak, clean and lotion. To schedule an appointment, call 603-748-1731. For specific locations and dates, visit https://lakesunapeevna.org/calendar?layout=weekly.

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New London Service Organization Brings Holiday Joy…Again!

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.

New London Service Organization

From left: Gary Faccone, First Vice President; Ed Condict, Second Vice President; Wendy Johnson, Treasurer; Marion Hafner, President; Cathy Raymond, LSRVNA Development Officer

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Lake Sunapee VNA’s Hospice Program Founder Makes Special Donation

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.

Florence Nightingale Donation

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.

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Wound Skills Training & Review

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!

 

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Hospice Volunteer Program Returns

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.

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Lake Sunapee VNA Announces 2021 Board of Trustees

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.

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Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Presents Gift to Lake Sunapee VNA

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.”

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