Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots. Donate to the Dover Toy Bank at the Dover Public Library. In addition to games and toys donations, there is also a real need for essential items for many Dover families. Hats, jackets, boots, scarves, gloves and other clothing are needed to meet demand, along with personal hygiene items. Demand is typically highest for infants and those aged between 9-12 years old. Get them to the library in December as soon as possible.

“A Very CoVid Christmas”

Garrison Players Readers’ Theater presents “A Very CoVid Christmas” featuring readings from beloved Holiday tales, and a few new ones.  Please join the theater as they celebrate – remotely – this joyous season!

 

December’s Offerings:

  • “Why the Chimes Rang” by Raymond Alden
  • “Mr. Edwards Meets Santa Claus” by Laura Ingalls Wilder 
  • “Yes, Virginia…” 
  • “Spike Slotnik: Private Detective – Christmas Edition” by Kevin Collins 
  • “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry 
  • Horrid Henry’s Christmas Play by Frances Simon 

The cast features Paul Barton, Carol Davenport, Megan Davenport, Ray Dudley, Jerry Finley, Tinka Finley, Pattiann Graham and Mark Miller.  The production is directed by Kevin Collins, and generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings.

 

The performance is online Saturday, December 19 at 7:30pm.  Tickets are free but viewers must register in advance at https://www.garrisonplayers.org/showsandevents.  Donations are accepted.

 

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows or GPAC, visit the website at www.garrisonplayers.org

Fine Forgiveness Week

Fine Forgiveness Week at the Dover Public Library from December 7-14, bring in a donation of canned or non-perishable food, and the library will forgive up to $50 in fines on your account (not valid on replacement costs for lost items). 

Giving Thanks to Our Home Health Heroes

Giving Thanks to Our Home Health Heroes

 

November is a special time of giving thanks, and it is also a time when the health care community recognizes and celebrates National Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

 

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Cornerstone Visiting Nurse Association, your local nonprofit organization, is proud to pay tribute to their health care heroes who are among the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, social workers, providers and support staff working to provide the very best in care at home for all ages. According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, “These heroic caregivers play a central role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities.”

 

Due to the current pandemic, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA emphasizes the importance of celebrating our home health care workers and sharing our gratitude. “We are so fortunate to be surrounded by such a caring team of health care professionals, who continue working together through many challenges, and guiding each other and their patients to ensure their health care needs are met and individual goals are achieved.”

 

There have been many advancements in home health services over the years, which has greatly enhanced and improved care for patients and their families. Cornerstone VNA is able to provide remote monitoring of high-risk patients through a sophisticated Telehealth program, and many clinicians are certified in specialty areas such as wound care, ostomy care, IV therapy, palliative care, and more, which is important for treating a variety of complex conditions.

 

Reynolds shares that it is an honor and a privilege to provide home care, hospice and palliative care in the home where patients feel more comfortable and at ease. “Based on a patient’s home environment and caregiver support, our clinicians are able to make informed decisions and recommendations for care and safety based on each individual.” Additionally, Cornerstone VNA provides private duty services to assist individuals and family caregivers with homemaking services, personal care support, respite and nursing care.

 

According to Erika Lee, MHA, Advancement Director at Cornerstone VNA, “We have such a wonderful team, and when it comes to expressing our thanks, our patients and their families are the ones who say it best.” A hospice family member recently wrote, ‘Having the strength and support of your family during a difficult time in life is something we all expect, but having the same care, compassion and strength from complete strangers is a gift. I am very thankful for Cornerstone and your amazing employees – Thank You for all you do!’

Visit cornerstonevna.org/blog to read more stories about home care, hospice and palliative care or call 800-691-1133 to learn more about Cornerstone VNA’s award-winning programs and services.

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Welcome Alexa Gordon, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Cornerstone VNA

Welcome Alexa Gordon, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Cornerstone VNA

 

Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit provider of high-quality, skilled care at home, is pleased to welcome their newest medical provider to their Palliative Care, Alexa Gordon MSN, FNP-BC, APRN, Nurse Practitioner. According to Christine Dumont, NP, MSN, APRN, Palliative Care Manager, “We are thrilled to announce that Alexa has joined our Palliative Care Program.  Alexa brings with her years of experience that will benefit our patients and their family members in our community.”

 

Alexa received her degree in nursing from Simmons College in 2006 and graduated as Nurse Practitioner in 2011. According to Alexa, “I went to nursing school because I wanted to help people and improve their quality of life.” Alexa worked as an RN at Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) on the coronary care unit for 5 years before returning to school to obtain her master’s degree. She then worked for 3 years in Massachusetts before returning to FMH in the geriatric psychiatry department. Alexa adds, “I came to Cornerstone VNA to focus on person-centered care, and to be able to work with patients in their own environments [home], and help them define and meet their goals of care.”

 

Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO adds, “We are very excited to have Alexa join our growing team of Palliative Care specialists. Her experience in cardiology and geriatrics will enhance our ability to manage our aging population and their healthcare needs at home.”

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

VIRTUAL HARVEST & HOLLY FAIR

VIRTUAL HARVEST & HOLLY FAIR with ST. JOHN’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH running until December 12th. Help support our ministries by safely shopping on our online store. Christmas wreaths * handcrafted gifts * jewelry * Thanksgiving pies * Christmas cookies * baked goods  * jams * pickles *  knife sharpening. Bid on silent auction items, too! Check out www.stjohnsdover.org for complete details! 

First Annual Dover Rotary Holiday Home Decorating Contest

First Annual Dover Rotary Holiday Home Decorating Contest from December 6-12th. Celebrate community spirit! Decorate the outside of your home for the holidays, send in your address and contact info via Facebook or email (jfmunro1954@gmail.com) and have a chance to win a prize in our four categories: Kid Friendly; Colorful; Original; Traditional. Entries must be in Dover. Our Dover Rotarian Elves will tour homes between 5-7 p.m. December 6-12 and winners will be announced on December 12.

The Lights of Love Will Shine Bright at Cornerstone VNA This Year

The Lights of Love Will Shine Bright at Cornerstone VNA This Year

 

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce the 34th Annual Jane Cooper Fall Lights of Love Celebration, carrying on the event traditionally hosted by the Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) Auxiliary Board. Due to COVID-19, the event will be held virtually on December 2, 2020 at 4:30 pm. Live-stream event details will be available on cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove. In addition, a recording of the celebration will be made available to the community afterwards.

 

Jane Cooper Fall created this poignant event in 1986 as a way to pay tribute to the people who have had a special impact on our lives.  Lights of Love has continued to be an important community event due to the hard work of Jane, Dr. Robert Rubino, and the FMH Auxiliary Board. With each $5 donation, individuals can honor a loved one, whose name will be added to a holiday light at Cornerstone VNA. Hundreds of lights will be strung throughout the beautiful grounds of Cornerstone VNA. Each light shining warmly upon each tribute name throughout the entire holiday season. The last day to reserve your lights is November 22.

 

It is with honor and respect that the 2020 Lights of Love event will pay special tribute to: Jane Cooper Fall, Lights of Love Founder, Elizabeth Hart, FMH Volunteer, Jean Hilton, FMH Auxiliary Board Member and Nancy Wyman, FMH Auxiliary Board Member.

 

According to Erika Lee, MHA, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA, “We are honored to carry on this wonderful holiday tradition, and despite the current challenges we are facing, we are pleased to provide a special way to still pay tribute to those we love.” Lee adds, “It’s a beautifully creative event this year and I’m excited to see it come together for our community.”

 

Please visit cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove for more information and to sign up to receive special event notifications.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Cornerstone VNA Announces Nightingale Award Recipient

Cornerstone VNA Announces Nightingale Award Recipient

 

Rochester, NH: Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, recently recognized June Gallup, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, BCHH-C, COQS, Quality Improvement Director, with the 2020 Nightingale Award. The Nightingale Award is presented to a person who exemplifies Florence Nightingale’s work through best practice, mentorship, education and change. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) is known for her work in fundamentally changing the role of nursing and introduced the concept of nursing standards.

According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO, “When reflecting on our past several months and who would best fit this year’s award, the one and only June Gallup came to mind.” Reynolds added, “Like Nightingale, she is not afraid to do what it takes to get things done. She gets involved, researches, shares resources and collaborates all in an effort to make sure we can meet our mission and improve when needed.” Julie describes June has having a wealth of knowledge from all her years as a nurse, manager and director. Her expertise during the pandemic was instrumental in Cornerstone VNAs success. June organized, planned, collaborated, secured personal protective equipment, educated and kept all staff informed about COVID-19.

Florence Nightingale earned the nickname, the “Lady with the Lamp” due to her long night-time walks to check on the condition of wounded soldiers. Julie adds, “I see carrying that lamp as a symbol that reflects the work that June does each day.”

According to June, “Despite all of the uncertainty over the past year, I work with a team that continues to provide the highest level of quality care possible. Cornerstone VNAs team’s dedication and commitment to our patients and the community is a true inspiration, and I am honored to help lead the COVID-19 response for this organization and truly honored to receive this award.”

About Cornerstone VNA:

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

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