2015-07-23T12:40:27Z http://477home.org/feed/atom/ vnanews <![CDATA[VNA Homecare Appoints New Corporate Compliance Officer]]> http://477home.org/?p=4272 2015-07-23T12:40:27Z 2015-07-23T12:40:27Z Dawn Richey, Corporate Compliance Officer

VNA Homecare is pleased to announce the appointment of Dawn Richey as Corporate Compliance Officer.

Richey brings more than 15 years of progressive compliance preparedness to VNA Homecare. She previously served as the Manager of Emergency Preparedness at Crouse Hospital. While there, she was responsible for compliance activities including adherence to JCAHO and DNV standards for emergency management and worked in conjunction with other hospitals and preparedness partners to ensure compliance with the National Preparedness Goals. She also served as a Quality Improvement Analyst at Crouse, where she ensured compliance with OSHA, environment of care/life safety and emergency management standards.

As VNA Homecare’s Corporate Compliance Officer, Richey will oversee the Corporate Compliance Program and its subsidiaries, develop and present educational programs to promote a culture of ethics and compliance from all employees, provide a channel of communication to receive and direct compliance issues for investigation and resolution, and confer with necessary legal consultants to resolve difficult compliance issues.

Richey earned her Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Forensic Science from SUNY Oswego. She is also Certified Professional Compliance Officer Prepared and certified to teach countless safety related courses.

vnanews <![CDATA[Press Hit: VNA Homecare Employee & Patient Featured in Madison County Courier]]> http://477home.org/?p=4265 2015-07-22T19:38:49Z 2015-07-22T19:38:49Z

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vnanews <![CDATA[VNA Homecare Announces Winners of Dream Vacation Fundraising Raffle]]> http://477home.org/?p=4231 2015-07-22T12:23:37Z 2015-07-22T12:23:37Z VNA Homecare Dream Vacation Fundraising Raffle WinnersVNA Homecare is pleased to announce the winners of the Dream Vacation Fundraising Raffle. Maria Giannino, associate director of patient services, won the “Autumn in the Berkshires” vacation, while Brooke Schaeffer, VNA Homecare Options provider relations representative, won the “Disney World Stay and Play” package.

Peter Viavattene, a member of VNA Homecare’s Eldercare Social Day Program, had the honor of pulling the two winning raffle tickets during a recent employee Ice Cream Social, another fundraiser for the system’s ongoing Capital Campaign.

“Pulling the tickets made Peter’s day,” said Amy Davis, director of the Eldercare Social Day Program. “VNA Homecare Options even gave him a shirt to wear for the occasion, which made it all the more special.”

More than 50 employees turned out for the event on the front lawn of the system’s headquarters in Syracuse, erupting in applause as Viavattene chose the winning tickets. Giannino and Schaeffer were presented with gift baskets that included their winnings and posed for pictures with Viavattene.

Giannino will enjoy a one week stay at Vacation Village in the Berkshires; a $500 Enterprise Rent-a-Car gift certificate; a $50 Café Adam gift certificate; a $100 dinner for two at the Cranwell Resort and Spa; and two, one-day passes to the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Schaeffer is headed for Disney World, where she’ll enjoy a one week stay at the Liki Tiki Village Resort in Orlando; a $500 Enterprise Rent-a-Car gift certificate; four Disney Park Hopper Passes; and a $100 Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse gift certificate for the restaurant in Orlando.

At its culmination, the Dream Vacation Fundraising Raffle raised more than $3,600 toward VNA Homecare’s Capital Campaign. An additional $200 was raised by the Ice Cream Social.

VNA Homecare would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Byrne Dairy, Café Adam, Cranwell Resort and Spa, Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, Disney World, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, The Norman Rockwell Museum and Dr. Gilbert and Mrs. Philomena Lawrence for their generous donations to this initiative. Heartfelt thanks also go out the many employees and community members who purchased tickets.

Photo Caption:  VNA Homecare employees Deanna Castle (left) and Maria Giannino (middle) pose with Eldercare Social Day Program member Peter Viavattene. Castle accepted the “Disney World Stay & Play” prize package on behalf of her sister, Brooke Schaeffer, also an employee. Giannino won the “Autumn in the Berkshires” package.

vnanews <![CDATA[VNA Homecare Employee Accompanies Patient on Honor Flight]]> http://477home.org/?p=4202 2015-07-07T16:26:18Z 2015-07-07T16:26:18Z VNA Homecare Employee Accompanies Patient on Honor Flight

Bittersweet.  That’s the word 90-year-old VNA Homecare patient James Hall uses to describe his recent trip to Washington D.C. as a member of Honor Flight Syracuse’s fifth mission.

A veteran of World War II, Hall was one of 81 military veterans invited to participate in the all-expenses-paid trip to our Nation’s Capitol.  Accompanying him for this once-in-a-lifetime experience was VNA Homecare Physical Therapist Timothy Lavallee, himself a veteran of the Air National Guard.

Like so many of the staff at VNA Homecare, Lavallee takes a personal approach to the care he provides to Hall and his other patients.  He believes the success of caring for someone at home goes beyond clinical care and extends to the patient’s emotional, social and mental wellbeing.

“It’s about caring for the whole person,” he explains, “not just the patient.”

Lavallee’s commitment to this method of caring was evidenced when he encouraged Hall to apply for the Honor Flight, an experience he knew Hall would find both enjoyable and cathartic.  He completed the application on Hall’s behalf last February, a process that included verifying Hall’s branch of service, rank, and years of active duty.  Within weeks, Hall received a letter informing him that he’d been chosen to participate in the Honor Flight scheduled for April 25, 2015.  The letter also stated that Hall would need to choose a Guardian to accompany him on the trip. Guardians play a significant role on every Honor Flight, ensuring that the veterans have a safe and memorable experience.  After discussing the trip with his wife, Hall decided there was no one he’d rather have serve as his Honor Flight Guardian than Lavallee.

“Tim has done so much for us,” states Hall’s wife, Madeline.  “He has truly become a member of our family, and we knew Jim would be safe and comfortable in his company.”

The local hub of the national Honor Flight Network, Honor Flight Syracuse is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for their sacrifices and service to our country.  Twice each year, groups of veterans are flown on private jets from Syracuse to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, where they’re greeted as celebrities; local fire fighters welcome them with a water canon salute, members of the airport ground crew wave American flags from their positions on either side of the runway, and throngs of civilians wait to shake the veterans’ hands and thank them for their service.  From the airport, the veterans are escorted to luxury motor coaches, which transport them to and from the various memorials they visit during their trip.

A man of few words, Hall relies on the photo album Lavallee created for him to relate his memories of the trip.  Flipping through the pages, he pauses at a photo of the World War II Memorial.  Tears fill his eyes as he points at one of the 4,048 gold stars adorning the Freedom Wall, each representing 100 Americans who died in the war.  On the facing page is a photo depicting the memorials to three of the five battles Hall participated in as a 20mm anti-aircraft gunner in the United States Navy.

“This trip brought back a lot of memories,” Hall relates, “both happy and sad. It was good to remember, and nice to know that our service has not been forgotten.”

Hall enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942.  At just 17 years old, he was too young to enlist without parental consent, so his mother accompanied him to the recruitment office, where the simple act of signing her name changed her son’s life forever.

Stationed on submarine chaser PC 1119 in the Pacific Theater, Hall participated in five major battles during the invasion of the Philippines.  He can recall each in great detail, including the rescue of the survivors of the sinking of the USS Gambier Bay.  As he relates, the PC 1119 arrived at the scene of the destruction to find several of the surviving servicemen thrashing wildly amongst the waves.

“They were being attacked by sharks,” he states. “The ocean was red with blood.”

Like the millions of men and women who served our country during the war, Hall has countless stories similar to this one.  Stories of pain and suffering, sacrifice and loss.  But also stories of incredible courage, unbroken faith and ultimate triumph.

For Hall, that moment of triumph came while aboard a troop transport ship heading for California.  Two of his brothers, both marines, had lost their lives in combat.  His mother, grieving the loss of her sons and fearful of losing Hall as well, had petitioned to have him recalled from service.  War weary and dejected, Hall could hardly believe it when the announcement was made; Japan had surrendered to the Allies.  The war was over.

Hall related this memory to Lavallee during the flight back to Syracuse, but his story was interrupted when Honor Flight volunteers announced Mail Call.  Each veteran was presented with a packet stuffed full of handwritten letters and cards from their friends, family and local school students.  Hall’s packet included letters from the students of Lavallee’s wife’s first grade class, as well as a letter from VNA Homecare President and CEO Kate Rolf that was signed by hundreds of the organization’s employees.

“It was incredibly moving” Lavallee recalls. “Save for the sound of shuffling papers, the plane was silent as the veterans read their letters.”

When the veterans returned to Syracuse, they once again received a hero’s welcome by a crowd of friends, family and well-wishers gathered at the airport. The “Welcome Home Ceremony” included bagpipe music, a veterans’ parade and remarks by local politicians and service members.

“I never expected anything like this in all my life,” Hall states. “When I came home from the war, I didn’t even get a honk of a horn, and then, 70 years later, I get a welcome that is just out of this world.”

Many of the mementos Hall received as a participant of the Honor Flight still sit on a table in his living room; a reminder of a very special day that a veteran returned home – again.

Photo Caption: World War II veteran and VNA Homecare patient James Hall (left) and VNA Homecare Physical Therapist Tim Lavallee pose for a photo beside the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

vnanews <![CDATA[Chief Financial Officer June Castle Featured in HealthCare Provider]]> http://477home.org/?p=4141 2015-06-22T14:49:23Z 2015-06-22T14:49:23Z SKM_554e15062209220_1

vnanews <![CDATA[Syracuse.com Article: June Castle Appointed to Home Care Association of New York State Board]]> http://477home.org/?p=4138 2015-06-22T13:17:00Z 2015-06-22T13:17:00Z syracuse.com | The Post-StandardBy syracuse.com | The Post-Standard 
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on June 08, 2015 at 9:30 AM, updated June 08, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Castle is the chief financial officer at VNA Homecare.

She has 15 years of progressive leadership experience.

Castle holds a bachelor’s degree in business, management and economics from Empire State College, and a certification for home care and hospice executives.

She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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vnanews <![CDATA[President & CEO Kate Rolf’s Receipt of Home Care Association of New York State Advocacy Award Featured on Syracuse.com]]> http://477home.org/?p=4128 2015-06-22T12:59:41Z 2015-06-22T12:59:41Z syracuse.com | The Post-Standard By syracuse.com | The Post-Standard 
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on June 19, 2015 at 10:07 AM, updated June 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Kate Rolf was recognized by the Home Care Association of New York State with the 2015 advocacy award.

She is the president and chief executive officer at VNA Homecare.

Rolf also serves on the board of directors with the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA), where she is co-chair of their policy committee and a member of the education committee.

She is a cabinet member with home care and community services and the PACE/managed long term care plan, as well as long term care executive council board secretary and selective services board member.

Rolf is also affiliated with the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, and the New York State Association of Long Term Care Administrators.

She is a fellow from the American College of Healthcare Executives, and holds a license as a New York State Nursing Home Administrator.

Rolf holds a master of business administration in technology management and a master of science in health services administration from the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, as well as an advanced graduate certificate in gerontology from Utica College, and a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from the State University of New York Empire State College.

© 2015 syracuse.com. All rights reserved.


]]> 0 vnahr <![CDATA[Pediatric Home Care RN – Syracuse, NY]]> http://477home.org/?p=3813 2015-06-18T20:48:20Z 2015-06-16T01:22:14Z

Searching for a Pediatric Registered Nurse  and offering a Newly designed Sign On Bonus program – $5,000

Job Description:  RN’s provide skilled nursing services to patients and are responsible for direct client care as assigned and under the guidance of a clinical manager. They ensure quality and safe delivery of home health services. Pediatrics experience is required.

Skills Required: Self-directed, organized with the ability to work independently. Good oral and written communication skills.

Certifications Required: Current NYS RN and driver’s licenses. Current professional liability and auto insurances.

Salary: Competitive with incentive pay

Benefits: flexible schedules, incentive pay, comprehensive benefits, mileage reimbursement and no rotating shifts.

Status: Full Time, Part Time & Weekend Positions Available

Schedule: Full time schedule 7am-3:30pm, 8am-4:30pm or 10:30am-7pm


Qualified candidates can submit resumes via the apply now button below :

vnahr <![CDATA[Senior Accountant – Syracuse, NY]]> http://477home.org/?p=3916 2015-06-18T20:54:17Z 2015-06-16T01:00:40Z Job Description:
The Accountant is responsible for the general ledger close, budgeting, analysis and accurate financial reporting functions. Performs assigned account reconciliations and prepares monthly financial statements.

– Bachelor of Science in Accounting preferred or equivalent number of years of experience
– 1 year of general ledger accounting, preferably in a health related field
– Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
– Skilled in prioritizing, multi-tasking and meeting deadlines
– Strong attention to detail
– Self-directed and organized with the ability to work independently
– Demonstrated knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations and internal policies.

Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits

Status: Full Time

VNA Homecare is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Qualified candidates can submit resumes via the apply now button below.


vnahr <![CDATA[Occupational Therapist Home Care- Syracuse, NY]]> http://477home.org/?p=4063 2015-06-18T20:54:43Z 2015-06-12T18:06:40Z OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST – SYRACUSE AREA

Job Description: Responsible for providing client assessments using best clinical practices and developing appropriate plans of care. Provide safe therapy interventions to clients/families in accordance with agency policies and procedures.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits, mileage reimbursement and no rotating shifts.

Skills Required: Self-directed, organized with the ability to work independently. Good oral and written communication skills.

Certifications Required: License and current registration to practice as a Therapist in New York State. Valid NYS driver’s license required. Minimum of one year of  Occupational Therapy experience.

Salary: Competitive

Status: Full Time, Part Time & Weekend Positions Available

Schedule: Full time flexible schedule 7am-3:30pm, 8am-4:30pm or 10:30am-7pm, some weekends required


Qualified candidates can submit resumes via the apply now button below: