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.

 Seacoast  Rotary Turkey Trot 5k

The  Seacoast  Rotary Turkey Trot 5k will be virtual and allow participants to run the traditional  Course , or a 5k route of your choosing, you can run any time during Thanksgiving week, 11/21/2020 – 11/28/2020.   Register by 10/15/2020 to receive a FREE race shirt $30 adult (20+), $20 teen (13-19), $10 youth (12 & under). Like us on Facebook. This year’s race beneficiaries: Gather For a Hunger Free Community and Hero Pups

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.

Encore Presentation of Gray Family History

Encore Presentation of Gray Family History – Online

 

South Berwick, Maine- On Thursday, September 24 at 7:30pm, John Demos, an archivist for the Counting House Museum in South Berwick, will present his talk on researching a line of the Gray family of South Berwick, and this time the presentation will be online. Learn about the discovery of a 17th-century Scottish homestead location and a 19th-century sawmill site. Participants will sign up on the Old Berwick Historical Society’s home page, and receive an email two days before the lecture for the presentation link. Free for members, suggested $5 donation for non-members.

 

George Gray, born in Scotland, is believed to have fought the English in the battle of Dunbar in 1650. After the battle, some of the Scottish prisoners were sold into indentured servitude to English possessions, including the English Colonies. Historians believe that was how George Gray arrived in New England, and went on to settle in South Berwick.

 

Sparked by an interest to find more information about his homestead in South Berwick, once in the Gray family, Demos spent a year looking through documents and maps. During this lecture, titled “George to John – Six Generations in South Berwick: Digging in the Archives and the Ground,” he will talk about the Gray family history and discuss his search in archives at the Counting House Museum, in county records, and the surprising discovery he found in his own yard. An exhibit of his findings can currently be seen at the Counting House Museum. The stories of the Dunbar prisoners are featured in the exhibit Unwilling Immigrants: From the Scottish Battlefield to the New World, 1650.

 

The Counting House Museum is currently open by appointment only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2020 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at www.oldberwick.org.

 

Wright Museum Partners with Burnt Timber Brewing of Wolfeboro. For the month September any museum visitor (21+) who shows their Wright Museum receipt, admission sticker, or membership card can receive 20% off the alcohol portion of their bill. Also, up to 2 people in a party can receive half-priced admission to the Museum when presenting a Burnt Timber Brewing receipt dated Sept. 1 through Sept 30th. 

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