http://477home.org Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:28:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Press Hit: VNA Homecare Featured in 2016 Central New York Healthcare Guide http://477home.org/2016/01/press-hit-vna-homecare-featured-in-2016-central-new-york-healthcare-guide/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:28:56 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4482 VNA Homecare appears several times in the 2016 Central New York Healthcare Guide. Appearances include:

  • A profile of Chief Clinical Officer Andrea Lazarek-LaQuay, RN, MS (page 12)
  • A profile of President & CEO Kate Rolf, MBA, CHCE, FACHE (page 22)
  • An advertisement for our services (page 41)
  • A listing in the “Home Care” section of the Guide’s “Resources” listing (page64)

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Press Hit: VNA Homecare President & CEO Kate Rolf Interviewed by New York Physician http://477home.org/2016/01/press-hit-vna-homecare-president-ceo-kate-rolf-interviewed-by-new-york-physician/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:17:48 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4480

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Press Hit: VNA Homecare Featured in MD News http://477home.org/2016/01/press-hit-vna-homecare-featured-in-md-news/ Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:09:19 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4476

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VNA Homecare Presents Employee Recognition Awards http://477home.org/2016/01/vna-homecare-presents-employee-recognition-awards-2/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:57:15 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4465 VNA Homecare’s 2nd Annual Employee Recognition and Holiday Celebration was a huge success, with more than 270 employees, family members and community leaders in attendance.

Held at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel on Friday, January 15, the event included a cocktail hour, formal dinner, dancing and gift basket raffles. The highlight of the evening, however, were the employee recognition awards presented to employees who have made significant contributions to VNA Homecare throughout the course of the year.

The 2015 honorees were:

  • Mental Health Aide Specialist of the Year
    Janet Sovik, Home Health Aide

    Janet goes above and beyond to provide exceptional care and handles challenging situations with patience and professionalism. She has a “no nonsense” yet compassionate demeanor that calms her clients and helps her relate to them. She has worked for Home Aides of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, for 17 years.

  • Hospice Aide Specialist of the Year
    Christine Van Volkenburgh, Home Health Aide

    Christine is a dedicated, reliable and compassionate employee who is highly praised by her clients.  She provides truly exceptional end-of-life care, and her calm, compassionate and nurturing nature brings comfort to her clients and their families. Christine has worked for Home Aides of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, for ten years.

  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Aide of the Year
    Patricia Borst, Home Health Aide

    Pat has worked for Home Aides of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, for five years. She is a dedicated and loyal employee who regularly volunteers to cover extra cases and never complains about the long hours. Pat takes great pride in her work and enjoys the opportunity to serve as another person’s eyes and ears.

  • Pediatric Aide Specialist of the Year
    Shinikqua Cobb, Home Health Aide

    Shinikqua is a dedicated and loyal employee who has a special knack for working with pediatric clients. Her dedication to her clients is an inspiration to her peers, and her passion for her career is infectious. Shinikqua has worked for Home Aides of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, for seven years.

  • Aide of the Year
    Nellie Doyle, Home Health Aide

    Nellie began her career as a home health aide 11 years ago and has dedicated more than 19,000 hours to caring for her clients. She is kindhearted and approachable in all she does, and her clients appreciate her pleasant and respectful nature. Nellie represents VNA Homecare in a positive and professional manner and has proven to be a true asset to our team.

  • Outstanding Customer Service
    Becky Sauve, Patient Care Coordinator

    Becky has a great rapport with many patients and staff. She is always willing to help out when needed and is described as a great “team player.” Becky serves as a role model for her co-workers and is a strong advocate for improvements that enhance customer satisfaction. She has worked for VNA Homecare for four years.

  • Office Employee of the Year
    Mary Jane Turner, Office Assistant

    Mary Jane sits at VNA Homecare’s reception desk and is the first person visitors encounter upon arriving at our Syracuse headquarters.  Her kindness, willingness to take on new projects, and ability to multitask with a smile make her a true role model. She has worked for VNA Homecare for six years.

  • Rookies of the Year
    Kelly Boulier, RN, Case Manager

    Kelly is described as a dependable, flexible patient advocate with an infectious personality. A registered nurse based in Oneida County, she has been a true asset to the team in that region of the state and is always willing to go above and beyond to help her patients and her teammates.  Kelly has worked for VNA Homecare for one year.

    Gabrielle Buczek, RN, Registered Nurse

    Gabrielle is always willing to give assistance, documents independently, and prioritizes her day in an impressive manner. She is described as a kind-hearted nurse who is a great addition to the system. She has worked for VNA Homecare for six months.

  • Nurse of the Year
    Amanda Hibbard, RN, Case Manager

    Amanda is a team player who always puts her patients’ needs first. She is always willing to rearrange her schedule to accommodate a team call-in or new admission and is ranked among the agency’s top four employees for miles traveled in Onondaga County each week. She has worked for VNA Homecare for one year.

  • Clinician of the Year
    Lucrecia Agcaolli-White, OT, Occupational Therapist

    A college professor once told Lucrecia that she would do great things, and she has done just that at VNA Homecare – for both her patients and her co-workers. She is always willing to go the extra mile, even volunteering to assist a new employee who had recently relocated from the Philippines. Lucrecia has worked for VNA Homecare for ten years.

  • Heart of Home Care Honoree of the Year
    Hannah Moyer, RN, Case Manager

    Hannah sets an example for her peers by going above and beyond each and every day. She pursued a career in home health care with the hope of establishing meaningful connections with her patients, and she is amazed by the number of kind, inspiring and interesting patients she has met. Hannah has worked for VNA Homecare for one year.

Awards were also presented to employees who have achieved employment milestones with the system (e.g., 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of service).

“I extend my sincere gratitude to these outstanding employees for their service, dedication and commitment to VNA Homecare,” said Kate Rolf, president and chief executive officer. “Through their hard work and years of dedicated service, our system continues to grow and provide our patients with the highest quality care. I am honored to recognize each and every one of them for their excellence and exceptional performance.”

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VNA Homecare Honors Employee Service at 2nd Annual Recognition Dinner http://477home.org/2016/01/vna-homecare-honors-employee-service-at-2nd-annual-recognition-dinner/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:49:58 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4463 VNA Homecare, a local leader in home health care services, honored employees with five or more years of service at their 2nd Annual Employee Recognition and Holiday Celebration at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel on January 15, 2016.

Lapel pins were awarded to employees in recognition of their years of service.  Pins were awarded for service in five year increments.  Employees recognized for five or more years of service were as follows:

Five Years
Patricia Borst, Karen Brooks-Garris, Amy Davis, Roberta Dickinson, Mary Anne Hankins, Kandy Kowanes, Mary Lamoy, Melissa Loftt, Kelly Rocker, Lalauna Ruediger, Barbara Shaffner, Jillyan Thurston, Michael White & Harriet Woodberry.

Ten Years
Lucrecia Agcaoili-White, Rosalie Bartolomeo, Evelyn Bliss, Kimberly Carmody-Herrmann, Christina Curran, Lynne Fitzpatrick, Juanita Hooker, Lona Jerome, Lyse Alexandra Joseph, Erica Listowski, Elizabeth McFadden, Kara Peck, Mary Rapp, Christine Van Volkenburgh & Elizabeth Yale.

Fifteen Years
Jessica Downs, Joyce Ann Glen & Theresa Krause.

Twenty Years
Timothy Lavallee & Roberta Svoboda.

Twenty-Five Years
Catherine Boyer & Polly Miller

Thirty-Five Years
Marilyn Bratt & Theresa Smokes.

Forty Years
Courtney McClellan

“We are grateful for the professionalism, experience and special talent that each and every one of these employees brings to VNA Homecare,” said Kate Rolf, president and chief executive officer. “They are a continuing source of confidence and pride, and they are an essential element of our continuing success.”

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Press Hit: VNA Homecare Featured in December 2015 Edition of HealthCare Provider http://477home.org/2015/12/press-hit-vna-homecare-featured-in-december-2015-edition-of-healthcare-provider/ Thu, 24 Dec 2015 16:13:50 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4446

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VNA Homecare Plans Holiday Shopping Trip to Lee Premium Outlets http://477home.org/2015/11/vna-homecare-plans-holiday-shopping-trip-to-lee-premium-outlets/ Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:08:00 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4387 VNA Homecare invites you to join them for a day of tax-free holiday shopping in Lee, Massachusetts. The organization, a local leader in home healthcare services, will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Trip to the Lee Premium Outlets on Saturday, December 12, 2015.

A chartered coach will leave the system headquarters, 1050 West Genesee Street, Syracuse, at 8:00 a.m. to ensure a full day of shopping at famous outlets including Bath & Body Works, Carter’s, Cole Haan, Gap, J. Crew Factory Store, Michael Kors, Nine West and Under Armour. Shoppers may also gather at the Westmoreland Thruway Exit Park & Ride, where the coach will stop for a second pick-up at approximately 9:00 a.m. The coach will arrive at the Outlets at 11:00 a.m. and depart at 6:30 p.m., with an approximate arrival back in Syracuse at 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served en route, but shoppers will be on their own for lunch and dinner.

“Whether you’re just starting your holiday shopping or are looking for one, last gift, this trip is for you,” said VNA Foundation Director Aida Byrne. “With 60 stores to choose from, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list.”

Tickets for the trip are just $60 (proceeds to benefit the VNA Foundation of Central New York and the “Re-Imagining our Home” Capital Campaign) and can be purchased by calling Aida Byrne at (315) 477-9301. Seats are limited, and tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York Named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite http://477home.org/2015/11/visiting-nurse-association-of-central-new-york-named-to-the-top-500-of-the-2015-homecare-elite/ Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:09:00 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4379 The Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, a division of VNA Homecare, has been named to the Top 500 of the 2015 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

Now in its tenth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2015 HomeCare Elite winners deserve credit for demonstrating high-quality care in their communities. As quality care initiatives become top-of-mind for healthcare providers, we recognize this as a remarkable achievement and are pleased to make this our 10th year of acknowledgement for top performing home health organizations,” said Christine Lang, VP of Product Development for OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate The Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York on being one of the top 500 home care agencies in the country.”

VNA Homecare President & CEO Kate Rolf credits the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York’s strong performance to the agency’s commitment to delivering an unprecedented level of care specifically designed to meet the needs of their patients.

“We are proud to be counted among the top home health agencies in the nation,” Rolf said. “This award is another indication of VNA Homecare’s deep commitment to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.”

“Happy 10th anniversary to the winners of the HomeCare Elite. As CMS ramps up its nationwide initiatives to reward home care agencies for the quality of care they provide, this is yet another way to acknowledge those agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to improving patient care at lower costs. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management leads to success,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

About VNA Homecare

VNA Homecare is a full-service home health care agency committed to making a profound difference in the lives of our patients by providing expert, high-quality care where they want it most – in their homes. Our entities include the Visiting Nurse Association of Central New York, Inc., the VNA Foundation of Central New York Inc., CCH Home Care and Palliative Services, Inc., Independent Health Care Services, Inc., Home Aides of Central New York, Inc, Eldercare Social Day Program, VNA Homecare Options, LLC and the Eldercare Foundation, Inc. Our goal is to deliver an unprecedented level of home health care specifically designed to meet the needs of those who mean the most to us – our patients. Our focused approach improves the quality of each patient’s life, and helps each individual achieve maximum independence. For more information, please contact us at 315.477.HOME or visit us online at www.477home.org.

About National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888-325-3396, write to HomeCareElite@ocsys.com or visit www.ocshomecare.com/HomeCare-Elite.

About DecisionHealth®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C1 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

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Press Hit: President & CEO Kate Rolf Appears on Bridge Street to Promote Barn “Raise”ing http://477home.org/2015/11/press-hit-president-ceo-kate-rolf-appears-on-bridge-street-to-promote-barn-raiseing/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:31:51 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4375

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Press Hit: VNA Foundation Barn “Raise”ing Recapped on Madison County Courier Website http://477home.org/2015/11/press-hit-vna-foundation-barn-raiseing-recapped-on-madison-county-courier-website/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:26:32 +0000 http://477home.org/?p=4372

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