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VNAHSR CEO Sara King Announces Retirement

Sara King, CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) announced her plans to retire after more than 23 years of leadership with the agency. King began with VNAHSR as its Chief Financial Officer, added the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer in 2016, and promoted to Chief Executive Officer in 2021.

Share Your Unique Talents to Make a Difference

At the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR), volunteers play a critical role in enhancing the end-of-life experiences of people facing serious illness and their families. Volunteers represent all life experiences and are drawn to hospice for a variety of reasons, but the defining characteristics that unite them are compassion and the desire to help others. Their many skills are matched to important tasks within our mission. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences.

You Can Make a Difference: Volunteer for Hospice

Hospice Volunteer Training

VNAHSR provides training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Training will be held on Friday, January 19 from 8am – 4pm in the Casella Conference Room at the Rutland office, located at 7 Albert Cree Drive. Training is free and open to individuals 16 years of age and older. Volunteers need to pass a background check. No previous hospice and health care experience is required. Pre-registration and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) to begin providing home health services in Franklin County

In a joint statement, Franklin County Home Health Agency (FCHHA) and VNAHSR announced that this decision was a result of months of collaboration between the two agencies.

Like many home health agencies across the country, FCHHA has been affected by numerous challenges, including the low reimbursement rates of Medicaid and Medicare programs and ongoing funding cuts. Enduring such margin pressures is compounded by the challenges of providing home health services in a state as rural as Vermont.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Hosts Winter Memorial Service

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region invites the community to attend a free memorial service on Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3pm at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on 108 School Street in Bennington. Through music, poetry, art and fellowship, this special ceremony, open to individuals of all ages and faiths, will help pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away. “The Winter Memorial Service is a beloved tradition that offers anyone in the community a chance to recognize someone who has passed away,” said Mary Pleasant, Hospice Volunteer Services Coordinator for the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. “The service is an opportunity to reflect and honor loved ones in a meaningful way.”

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Hosts In-Person Tree of Remembrance Ceremony

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) will host its Annual Tree of Remembrance Ceremony at the Franklin Conference Center, located in the Howe Center in Rutland on Tuesday, December 5 at 6 pm.  The event will be held in person for the first time since 2019, and is free and open to the public. For inclement weather, a snow date of Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm has been set.