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 Jeffrey Mitchell, RN, Hospice Care Team Manager, with the 2023 Nightingale Award. Cornerstone VNA created this award for their nurses in 2015, which 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 introducing the concept of nursing standards.

According to Christine Dumont MSN, APRN, CPNP, AGNP-C, Hospice and Palliative Care Director, “Jeff is a gem of a person, a colleague, and a nurse all blended together.  He approaches each day with compassion, humor, and integrity.   As a manager, he has an incredible gift for ensuring that patients’ needs are fulfilled while also ensuring his staff have everything they need and more.  Jeff is a shining example of excellence, and we are so fortunate to have him on our team.”  

Jeff’s expertise is noted and sought out by leading hospital centers and local physicians in the communities served by Cornerstone VNA. In addition, Jeff is a strong advocate for quality patient care and is a mentor and resource to the hospice team. Jennifer Ufkin, RN MSN, Vice President of Operations shares, “Jeff is a phenomenal nurse. He goes above and beyond for his patients and team. He is committed to patient care, is well respected by his peers, and is an amazing leader. Jeff is knowledgeable and goes the extra mile whenever needed.”

Jeff’s compassion for others knows no bounds. He brings a presence and authenticity to end-of-life care that people respond to and appreciate as they navigate tremendous loss. In Jeff’s own words, “Once we acknowledge that the end-of-life will come to each of us and recognize that each journey is unique, we empower the person at end-of-life to steer their own journey to a meaningful conclusion.  This is one of the greatest gifts a person can receive.”

Cornerstone VNA currently serves 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 over 110 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.

37th Annual Lights of Love Returns to In-person

37th Annual Lights of Love Returns to In-person

 

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit provider of high-quality, skilled care at home, is pleased to announce that the 37th Annual Jane Cooper Fall Lights of Love Celebration will be held in person at the First United Methodist Church in Rochester on December 6th at 4:30 p.m.

 

For over three decades, Lights of Love has flourished as a special community gathering, thanks to the dedicated efforts and visionary leadership of Jane Cooper Fall. Jane Cooper Fall served as the driving force behind Lights of Love, providing a platform for community members to pay heartfelt tributes to those who have positively impacted their lives. While Jane passed away in October 2018, her legacy is proudly and reverently upheld by the Cornerstone VNA team, along with volunteers from the former Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, community members, and Jane’s cherished friends.

 

In the words of Julie Reynolds, Cornerstone VNA President/CEO, “We are deeply honored to continue organizing this event in line with Jane’s enduring vision for many years to come, ensuring that her spirit of goodwill lives on as a lasting legacy.”

 

Community members can participate in this annual holiday tradition to honor, remember, and celebrate those who have had a special impact on their lives. With each $5 donation, tribute names will be included as part of the special Lights of Love event. Visit cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove for more information and to order your Lights of Love. If you prefer to mail in a paper copy of the order form with a check, you can download the form from the Cornerstone VNA website or call 603-332-1133 x1109. All orders must be received by November 27th to be included in the event program.

 

Community members are welcome to attend Lights of Love in person, which will include music by the Choir of the First United Methodist Church and the Witherell Hand Bell Choir. Please register by calling 603-332-1133 x1109. If you are unable to attend, the event will be recorded and posted to cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove a few days following the event.

 

Cornerstone VNA currently serves 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 110 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.

Volunteer Your Time

Volunteer Your Time

 

Kensington, NH – The Carriage Barn Equine Adaptive Therapy Programs is still looking for volunteers to help bring the horses out to the paddocks in the morning and bring them into the barn at night. Also, we are needing volunteers to help clean the horse stalls and to assist with therapeutic horseback riding lessons and carriage driving lessons. Volunteers can come out to the Carriage Barn at various times throughout the week to work with horses and clients.

 

Teens, adults and retirees welcome (volunteers must be at least 14 years old).  Experience and horse knowledge is a plus, but not required.  Are you a student with a community service requirement (Honor Society, Scouts, 4-H, Graduation, etc.)?  If so, we would love to hear from you!

 

Anyone interested in learning more can contact The Carriage Barn at 603-378-0140, email thebarn@comcast.net or info.carriagebarn@comcast.net. Please check out our website at www.carriage-barn.org or Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TheCarriageBarnTherapyProgram. We are located at 10 Trundlebed Lane, Kensington, NH 03833

 

The program offers services in Kensington, NH and seeks to promote the health and well-being of individuals of all ages with disabilities by enhancing their physical, psychological, cognitive and emotional healing and strengthening through equine activities.  The Carriage Barn is a 501c3 Not-for Profit Organization, as well as a member center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International. 

We Are An Inclusionary 501c3 Not-For-Profit Organization

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