2016-04-20T13:53:03Z http://477home.org/feed/atom/ vnanews <![CDATA[Eldercare Foundation’s 9th Annual “Gift of Age” Cabaret Slated for Friday, April 22, 2016]]> http://477home.org/?p=4519 2016-03-22T15:54:54Z 2016-03-22T15:54:10Z The Eldercare Foundation’s 9th annual “Gift of Age” Cabaret will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel.  Tickets are $150 per person ($100 for veterans and active service members) and may be purchased by calling 477-9301, emailing abyrne@477home.org, or by visiting www.477home.org/eldercare-foundation-events.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring performances by LeMoyne College a cappella group Fermata Nowhere.  A formal sit-down dinner and performances by award-winning singer/pianist Tony DeSare will follow.  DeSare’s sophisticated original compositions and unique takes on classic standards have earned him a reputation as one of the country’s hottest young artists.  According to USA Today, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr. to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.”

During the event, two individuals and a local not-for-profit organization will be honored for their support and commitment to the mission of The Eldercare Foundation.

Eldercare Achiever Awards will be presented to VNA Homecare Physical Therapist Timothy Lavallee and his patient, James Hall.  Lavallee believes the success of caring for someone at home goes beyond clinical care and extends to the patient’s emotional, social and mental well-being.  With that in mind, he assisted Hall, a World War II veteran, in applying for Honor Flight Syracuse’s fifth mission in April, 2015.  Upon his acceptance, Hall chose Lavallee, himself a veteran of the Air National Guard, as his Honor Flight Guardian and, together, the men embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to our Nation’s capitol. This shared experience solidified a bond between patient and clinician that has grown into a treasured friendship that will last a lifetime.

The Eldercare Community Champion Award will be presented to Honor Flight Syracuse.  Through their mission of honoring America’s veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorials dedicated to their sacrifice and service, Honor Flight Syracuse shows our elders the respect and admiration they so deserve.  The private, not-for-profit organization is one of more than 130 regional hubs of the National Honor Flight Network, whose current focus is veterans of World War II and any war veteran with a terminal illness.  The program has also begun outreach to Korean War and Vietnam War veterans.  Veterans may apply for an upcoming mission at www.HonorFlightSyracuse.org. Their next mission will depart on April 30, 2016.

“This year’s honorees are true advocates for our community’s aging population, and are dedicated to the work done by Home Aides of Central New York,” said Kate Rolf, president and chief executive officer of VNA Homecare.  “They, along with our generous sponsors, advertisers and contributors, allow our agency to serve the aging, ill and frail members of our community.”

For information about this year’s event, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, please contact Eldercare Foundation Director Aida Byrne at 315.477.9301 or abyrne@477home.org.

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Funds raised by the Eldercare Foundation support the important work of Home Aides of Central New York, a not-for-profit agency affiliated with VNA Homecare that has been serving the aging members of our community since 1966.

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vnanews <![CDATA[Press Hit: VNA Homecare Featured in 2016 Central New York Healthcare Guide]]> http://477home.org/?p=4482 2016-01-25T16:28:56Z 2016-01-25T16:28:56Z 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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vnanews <![CDATA[VNA Homecare Presents Employee Recognition Awards]]> http://477home.org/?p=4465 2016-01-22T13:57:15Z 2016-01-22T13:57:15Z 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.”

vnanews <![CDATA[VNA Homecare Honors Employee Service at 2nd Annual Recognition Dinner]]> http://477home.org/?p=4463 2016-01-22T13:49:58Z 2016-01-22T13:49:58Z 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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