Our WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program hosted a Mural Painting Event with local artist and former WIC beneficiary Jacqueline Baker, for children and families who are receivers of the program. Held at our Perth Amboy, New Jersey WIC Office, the mural honored the late Enid Blank, a WIC nutritionist who provided care and guidance to Jacqueline more than thirty years ago.
“Enid and the entire WIC program consistently went above and beyond to provide me with the care I needed and encouraged me in ways that have lasted a lifetime,” said Jacqueline. A formal ceremony will be held later this summer, where Jacqueline will present the mural and an additional painting in commemoration of Ms. Blank.
VNA Health Group announced five recipients of the 2015 Mary Ann Christopher (MAC) Nursing Leadership Scholarship and the 2015 Violet A. Yurowski Nursing Scholarship, which were awarded during our series of state-wide National Nurses Week celebrations in May.
The Mary Ann Christopher Nursing Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified BSN nursing students interested in pursuing a career in nursing. Scholarship recipients included the following high school seniors who are set to graduate this Spring: Sam August MacPherson, Allison Kristine Reynolds, and Kaitlin Marie Rodgers.
The Violet A. Yurowski Nursing Scholarship, offered to Brookdale Community College nursing students who are studying to become registered nurses, was established in honor of the family’s high regard for the education provided to their son by the institution and in commemoration of the care provided to Violet Yurowski by VNA Health Group. Scholarship recipients included Michelle McDonald, LPN and Jodie Elizabeth Nolte.
“The pursuit of a career in nursing takes courage, passion and wisdom and we are honored to support these five extraordinary students as they take their next towards an immensely rewarding career,” said Ellen Gusick, Chief Nursing Officer at VNA Health Group. “These scholarship programs are critical to the education of our future nurses and we wish our recipients the best of luck on their journey
2015 Employee Recognition Reception
Congratulations to our 2015 Employee Recognition Reception Awardees!
• Home Health Aide “Rookie of the Year” Award, Donna Morgan Stephen, CHHA
• Home Health Aide of the Year Award, Amata Domasseh-Akuete, CHHA
• Social Worker of the Year Award, Peter Powers, MSW, LSW
• Therapist of the Year Award, Jayesh Parekh, BSPT
• Marcia Granucci Award Visionary Leadership in Nursing, Marie Perillo, RN, BSN
• Nurse of the Year Award, Jean Marie Cleary, RN, BSN
• Employee of the Year Award, Barbara Williams
• Thirty Five Years Milestone Award – Ann Quinlan
• Thirty Years Milestone Award – Karen Koense, Rosemary Acquisto
• Twenty Five Years Milestone Award – Pam Heckart, Karen Alessi, Florian Bethune, Sandra Ambrose, Jonathon Ehrlich, Margaret Kovach, Patricia Mangano, Bonnie Mangle, Sushma Raswant, Karen Reiner
• Twenty Years Milestone Award – Mary Remhoff, Ann Saporito, Almeta Neal, Margaret Mende, Lynne Arbeital, Robin Pietrucha, Tom Donkor, George Williams, Jane Bender, Kathi Boldt-Haberek, Claire Collinson, Angelina Gosein, Linda Hesbacker, Sonal Modi, D. Carey Pettengill, Karen Whiting, Carolyn Young
Dear VNA Health Group Colleagues,
You may have heard reports on the media that over the weekend an airline traveler from Liberia, West Africa (via Morocco), landed at JFK airport and was then treated at two NJ hospitals (unidentified) prior to expiring today. He was diagnosed with Lhasa Fever, one of the viral hemorrhagic fevers endemic to West Africa and in the same family as Ebola (both are Group B arboviruses).
However, its epidemiology and person to person contagious potential are substantially less problematic than was experienced in the recent Ebola outbreak. The case fatality rate of Lhasa Fever is estimated at only 1% and probably 80 % of the infections are asymptomatic and undetected. It is spread in Africa by contact with the urine of a particular rat that commonly inhabits many dwellings. Casual contact with a human case will not transmit the disease. For person to person spread to occur, there must be significant exchange of bodily fluids (such as a needle stick). There is a very successful anti-viral treatment available for use in early case presentation.
There is no need for the professional personnel of the VNAHG to alter their present clinical approach to patients. General, universal precautions, as is expected with all patient contacts, is the key to disruption of any possibility of transmission. Continue to enquire regarding foreign travel in clients and families, especially if there is a fever. Caring for a known case in the home setting should be reviewed with the nursing supervisor and myself.
If any questions or issues arise, please review with your immediate nursing leadership and I always try to be available on my cell phone at: 732-673-7026.
Dr Robert Morgan
Chair, Children and Family Health Institute
On behalf of Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health, and Steven Landers, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
We are pleased to announce a new partnership between Barnabas Health and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group that is being launched with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of post-acute care, home care and hospice in the communities we serve.
Hospitals and home care providers must find new ways to collaborate and coordinate care to provide a more seamless patient experience, reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations, and improve health outcomes for the patients and populations we serve. The Barnabas Health and VNA Health Group partnership will position our organizations to meet these emerging health system challenges.
For many years, Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice independently managed home health and hospice services in Essex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties, while VNA Health Group has independently operated home care and hospice services through the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, and Burlington Counties.
This partnership expands the geographic coverage of Barnabas Health affiliated post-acute services to better align with the Barnabas Health hospital and physician footprint. For VNA Health Group, the partnership is an opportunity to grow as an independent community agency while closely collaborating with a leading health system.
VNA Health Group will continue to independently manage Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, Englewood Visiting Nurse Association, Cape Visiting Nurse Association, and other Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey programs and service.
Note: This announcement will not be made publically until 4 p.m. on Monday, May 18. We expect to operate as “business as usual. VNA Health Group patients and referral sources can continue to use the phone and email contacts as they currently have.
If you receive specific questions about referrals, please direct them to Nora Gray at 732-224-6912 or Sherl Brand at 732-224-6891.
If you receive any inquiries from press, please direct them to Jesse Dean at VNA Health Group Media Relations, 732-224-6794.