Staff and board of trustees of VNA Health Group Family joined family members of hospice patients, friends and donors this week to observe the illumination of the “Hospice Tree of Lights” and to light candles in the memory of a loved one.
A community of support is the most effective therapy to the isolation that often accompanies grief. The annual tree lighting event is part of VNA Health Group’s bereavement program that provides touch points of support throughout the year.
“We are all gathered here tonight to remember loved ones and to support and lift each other up. Healing only happens when people come together as a team to nurture each other,” said Rev. Richard Banas, Spiritual Care Counselor at VNA Health Group, who emceed and offered remarks of comfort. To read more, visit our news page at Hospice Tree Lights
This week we honored our Home Health Aides at the New Jersey 2015 Home Health Recognition Day held in Eatontown. Congratulations to all!! Piedad Drobez (upper left) was honored as CHAA of the Year and Joshua Thomas (upper right) was honored as Rookie of the Year. The following HHA’s were honored for exemplary service by their years of service: Ethel Andrews, Mirve DeUrbina and Akua Konadu (20 ys.), Rose Anderson and Vilma Harris (15 ys.), Cassandra Bacy, Marie Donatien, Madeleine Dorsaint, Petrona Garcia, Alicia Harper, Haedy Kuorkunakis, Cecilia Laari, Judith Linn and Selphine Wright-Jackson (10 ys.), Bertha Garcia, Nataliya Mostova and Karen Sulzmann (5 ys.), Alexandra Andrade, Olufemi Bajimilehin and Regina Parkinson (Less than 5 ys.)
Members of our leadership team show good humor while they get their flu shots to protect themselves and their colleagues and family. Clockwise from top left: Ellen Gusick, Peter Gaylord, John Harz and John Chiappinelli.
A Message from Dr. Landers
It is that time again – flu season is here! We need to ensure protection for our patients, families, communities and ourselves from the deadly influenza virus. It is very important that all patients and health care workers that don’t have a contraindication, get the flu shot this year. We have made significant strides in our organization-wide immunization rate, thank you all for making such a great effort to get immunized last year! I deeply appreciate your commitment to health and patient safety.
There are two options for VNA employees: receive a flu shot or sign a declination form. Staff who get the flu shot will receive a sticker for their ID badge and those employees who do not have a sticker on their badge are required to wear a mask (over nose and face) during high levels of flu activity. This year we are continuing to offer other varieties of the flu vaccine including egg free, allergy free, preservative free, and nasal.
Anne Lefferts will also be offering flu vaccinations at the following dates:
- October 7th, 11AM – 1PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- October 14th, 11AM – 1PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- October 16th, 9AM – 12PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- October 21st, 9AM – 12PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- October 28th, 9AM – 12PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- November 4th, 9AM – 12PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
- November 11th, 9AM – 12PM, Red Bank Public Health Area
For other locations, please check with your manager for dates and times.
For more information on the flu:
Please remember that flu shots are free for all employees!
A Perth Amboy emerging artist and former WIC beneficiary presented a painting last week that was completed to commemorate Enid Blank, the late VNA Health Group nutritionist who had indelibly impacted her life more than 30 years ago. Jacqueline Baker unveiled the painting at a ceremony held at our WIC Office in Perth Amboy. Perth Amboy Mayor, Wilda Diaz attended the ceremony and presented Baker with a Mayoral Citation in recognition of the painting and mural. Baker said she was moved to complete the painting and mural after she discovered last year that Blank had passed away in 2013.
“I was thinking about the tough times in my life and recalled how Enid helped me when I needed a helping hand,” said Baker. “I called VNA Health Group to ask about her and they told me she has passed away. I was sad, but got inspired by what I remembered about her smile and how she would always say, ‘it’s going to be all right’ and I just started painting.”
Blank, who earned a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Columbia University, worked at VNA Health Group as a nutritionist for sixteen years until her retirement in 2002.