Maternal Child Health Nurse Invited to Speak at International Conference

RUTLAND, VT (September 5, 2018)–Heidi Gillespie, BSN, RN a Clinical Manager of Children’s and Family Services at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has been invited to speak at the 5th Annual Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting(MESCH) International Conference in Melbourne, Australia in October. Gillespie will speak on the role of home visitation programs for pregnant women in Vermont and the benefits of early intervention for healthier pregnancies, deliveries, and parenting. Also invited is Katy Leffel, BSN, RN from Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Barre, Vermont.

The conference brings together early childhood policy makers, research and practice leaders, managers, and practitioners from across the globe that are committed to improving outcomes for all families with young children.

The program, initiated in Australia, is a high-quality, nurse-led structured program designed to enhance maternal and child outcomes by providing prenatal and postnatal care for mothers and their babies. Vermont is the only State to participate in the program.

“We are thrilled that Heidi is joining so many influential leaders at the MECSH Conference,” said Ron Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. “Heidi’s experience and leadership in caring for new moms and babies in Vermont will provide insightful information for conference participants. We are truly excited for this opportunity for Heidi to share her knowledge and bring back new insights from the conference.”

Heidi Gillespie, BSN, RN Clinical Manager of Children’s & Family Services at the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region

About the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region

Founded in Rutland, Vermont, the VNAHSR has grown to include locations throughout Bennington and Rutland Counties. VNAHSR is a non-profit, Medicare-certified home health and hospice agency delivering a wide-range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability, and expertise to people of all ages.

With office locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester and Rutland, we have nearly 350 trusted health professionals and caregivers committed to providing exceptional care to patients and families.

Proud of our national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is highly rated for Quality of Patient Care and Patient Satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 performing home health agencies, by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.