Cornerstone VNA Names Lynne Gauron as LNA of the Year

Cornerstone VNA Names Lynne Gauron as LNA of the Year

 

Rochester, NH: Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, has named Lynne Gauron as their Licensed Nursing Assistant of the Year. Gauron, who joined Cornerstone VNA 5 years ago, possesses great knowledge in her field and is being recognized for the care, compassion and professionalism she demonstrates as an LNA.  

 

According to Janice Howard, Life Care – Private Duty Director at Cornerstone VNA, “Lynne strives each day to make a difference for her patients by taking extra care to meet their physical and emotional needs.” Howard adds, “Lynne is aware that Home Care patients are often times isolated. Keeping that in mind, she is always sure to go in the home with lighthearted conversation.” As her supervisor, Howard shares that Lynne is driven to provide a little sunshine along with making sure she does her best to help her patients’ live safely at home for as long as possible.

 

Colleague Sandy Powers, RN, says, “She is great at what she does, following the plan of care and going above and beyond for her patients.  She is not afraid to ask questions about her patients and she is a true advocate as well. She provides excellent care and her patients love her!” One of Lynne’s patients describes her as, “Courteous, neat and on time” and remarks that “She offers her words of encouragement for any problems I might have, we enjoy her coming and helping us.”

 

Licensed Nursing Assistants, like Lynne Gauron, provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures and often include helping with “activities of daily living,” including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and assistance with self-administration of medicine. For seniors and adults with disabilities, LNAs are often the unsung heroes who provide the care needed to help individuals age in place in their homes.

 

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.

Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England

Wednesday, December 9th | 6:00 pm | VIRTUAL

Join DPL and the New Hampshire Humanities Council to welcome

Jo Radner to present Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England via zoom

Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary “newspapers” full of keen verbal wit. Sometimes serious, sometimes sentimental but mostly very funny, these “newspapers” were common in villages across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and revealed the hopes, fears, humor and surprisingly daring behavior of our forebears. Jo Radner shares excerpts from her forthcoming book about hundreds of these “newspapers” and provides examples from villages in your region.

This program is free, open to all, hosted by Durham Public Library and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council

Register to attend thru events at https://www.durhampubliclibrary.org/

Welcome Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA

Welcome Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director 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 Team, Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, MD, Palliative Care Medical Director.

 

“The Palliative Care Medical Director is a new position within our growing Palliative Care Department,” explains Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA. “We are so pleased to have a physician joining our Palliative Care team, especially Dr. Kunkemueller, who is returning to Cornerstone VNA and eager to help us expand this important program.”

 

Dr. Kunkemueller graduated from Dartmouth School of Medicine in 1997 and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in 2000. As a board certified Internal Medicine physician, Dr. Kunkemueller worked in a primary care setting for seven years before transitioning to hospital-based medicine in 2007. While working as a hospitalist at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kunkemueller was able to treat patients at various stages of their recovery or illness, including those at end-of-life. It was here that he began to show a deeper interest in, and appreciation for, Hospice Care. “In 2010, Cornerstone VNA reinstated their hospice license due to a growing need for hospice services, and in 2011, I was pleased to join their team as the Associate Hospice Medical Director,” shares Kunkemueller.

 

Dr. Kunkemueller worked as the Associate Hospice Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA until 2018, and then went to Exeter Hospital. Since that time, Dr. Kunkemueller has continued to work closely with Cornerstone VNA as a referral partner, and has been intrigued by how Palliative Care positively impacts the lives of people living with chronic illnesses by providing improved coordination of care and symptom management. In his new role as Palliative Care Medical Director, Dr. Kunkemueller will be instrumental in fostering relationships with referral partners, and educating patients and medical professionals of the benefits of Palliative Care. Additionally, he will be providing Palliative Care consultations at both Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. As a valuable member of the Cornerstone VNA medical team, he will also provide support and guidance to the Hospice Medical Director and Hospice Team as needed.

 

“I am so pleased to be coming back to Cornerstone VNA to help them further expand their Palliative Care program,” Kunkemueller shares. “As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA is well-anchored in the community and has a solid reputation for providing high-quality care at home.” Kunkemueller added that he is looking forward to spending more time with patients, getting to know their health goals, and working with them to develop an appropriate care path.

 

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.

Julie Reynolds Named Board President of the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH

Julie Reynolds Named Board President of the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH

Julie Reynolds RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA has assumed the role of Board President of The Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH. The Alliance is a non-profit membership organization that enhances the ability of home care agencies to provide the best care possible to New Hampshire residents. Prior to being named President, Julie served as the Board’s Vice President for two years.

According to Gina M. Balkus, APR, Chief Executive Officer of The Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of NH, “Julie is a recognized leader in home health and hospice who has been active in The Alliance for many years.  Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as our organization adapts to the evolving health care environment.”

It is notable that in addition to this new assignment, Reynolds was named 2020 Nurse Leader by New Hampshire Magazine, in partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association for their annual Excellence in Nursing Awards. Furthermore, under her leadership, Cornerstone VNA was named Business NH Magazine’s 2020 Health Care Business of the Decade.

Under Reynold’s stewardship, Cornerstone VNA is known for its work of providing high quality care, innovative services, and support for local communities. Reynolds states, “It is amazing to see the strides that Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care specialties have made over the years.” Reynolds adds, “I take great pride in assuming the Board President role of such a reputable and important statewide resource, which has been tremendously supportive of our efforts.”

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.

Jennifer Gullison Receives Home Care Service Award

Jennifer Gullison Receives Home Care Service Award

Cornerstone VNA congratulates their own Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, VP of Operations, on being awarded the 2020 Home Care Service Award from the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire at their annual meeting, which was held virtually on September 25, 2020.

The Home Care Service Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to home health or hospice in the state through their work in education, research, advocacy, or leadership. According to Julie Reynolds RN, MS, President/Chief Executive Officer at

Cornerstone VNA, “In her 19 years at Cornerstone VNA, Jennifer has earned the respect of staff, community health partners and patients. She is a team player who shares her expertise willingly within her agency and among Alliance members.”  Reynolds adds, “Jennifer has worked in our agency, her community and with the Alliance to improve health and well-being.”

 

There are many ways in which Jennifer has shared her expertise. For example, when Cornerstone VNA created a unique program to delegate basic wound care tasks to Licensed Nursing Assistants, Jennifer shared her agency’s training program through a webinar series for Alliance members. In 2019, the Alliance developed an initiative with the Quality Improvement Organizations to roll out a sepsis screening tool in home settings and Jennifer led the way. Sepsis is a life threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection injures its own tissues and organs. Cornerstone VNA was one of the first agencies to train staff on sepsis care with the goal of preventing sepsis readmissions and deaths.  She also worked with Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which incorporated the tool into their admission process, and she is currently training staff at local fire departments.

 

In addition, she expanded telehealth at Cornerstone VNA and has worked with their telehealth vendor to improve the educational components of the product, earning her national recognition. She has testified on telehealth at State House hearings, sharing examples of how telehealth has directly improved care for patients.  As certified chronic care trainer, Jennifer trains all her clinical staff in chronic care management, including the uses of disease-specific protocols to deliver the best care possible to patients. According to Reynolds, “She most truly embodies what this special award represents.”

 

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.

Creatures of the Night presentation

Creatures of the Night presentation with the Squam Lakes Science Center on Saturday, October 17th beginning 10:30 am. A Virtual Live Animal Program. How do wild animals find food or escape predators in the dark of night? Join us to look at three live creatures whose adaptations make these surprising animals well suited for life at night. More info at http://www.durhampubliclibrary.org/ . This is a joint program with Durham, Lee and Madbury libraries.

Welcome Hayley Bustos, Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at Cornerstone VNA

Welcome Hayley Bustos, Hospice and 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 Hospice and Palliative Care Teams, Hayley Bustos, RN, FNP-C, ACHPN, Nurse Practitioner.

 

Hayley recently relocated to New England from the Midwest to be closer to the ocean and her family in Canada. She has been working in Hospice and Palliative Care since 2015 and is passionate about end of life care and providing holistic, person centered care. Hayley is also passionate about education, herbalism and alternative therapies.

 

Hayley holds a master’s degree from Purdue University and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She has experience in critical care and cardiology as well as Palliative Care, a unique program that specializes in providing pain and symptom management for individuals with chronic medical conditions. She is one of twenty-two providers in the State of New Hampshire who is certified as an Advanced Hospice and Palliative Nurse, and she is also a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. She is dedicated to providing high quality care and supporting her team of coworkers.

 

Hayley states, “In my search to move back to the East Coast, I was excited to find an opportunity to work at Cornerstone VNA.” Bustos adds, “I felt a strong connection to the organization’s mission and was encouraged by their successful Hospice program, as well as their well-established Palliative Care program and its potential for continued growth.”

 

According to Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA, “We are thrilled to have Hayley join our organization, especially with her prior experience in building a successful Palliative Care program.” Reynolds adds, “Hayley brings a diverse skillset, which further strengthens our program and adds to the breadth of knowledge of our expert Hospice and Palliative Care Teams.”

 

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.

New Traditions for Thanksgiving

New Traditions for Thanksgiving

SIDE DISHES & TURKEY TALK

WITH CHEF LIZ BARBOUR Via Zoom with the Durham Public Library

  • Wednesday, November 4th at 6:00 pm

For many of us, preparing Thanksgiving dinner can be filled with anxiety. Join chef Liz Barbour for as she explores the many types of turkeys available, the various ways to prepare them, and how to create a menu that is easy and delicious. Following her discussion, Liz will demonstrate 2 of her favorite side dishes and offer samples for everyone.  ​Discussion and cooking demonstration. 

1 2 3 9