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VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Announces Employee of the Year

RUTLAND, VT (May 10, 2021)– The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest providers of skilled home health and hospice services, recently announced the Employee of the Year and HEALTH Matters Award Winners. Thirty-eight employees were recognized for years of service greater than five years, including Ron Cioffi, retired CEO for 40 years of service.

Sharon Bailey, Medical Supply Coordinator was recognized as VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year.

Sharon Bailey
Medical Supply Coordinator
VNAHSR 2021 Employee of the Year

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the value of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty, fairness and teamwork. In her nomination as Employee of the Year, Sharon was recognized for her extraordinary efforts in managing medical supplies in the COVID-19 environment. “Sharon’s job responsibilities abruptly changed how she was accustomed to managing supplies. It was flipped instantly with new security, new inventory tracking requirements, implementation of secure text ordering, curbside delivery service to clinicians…everything! Sharon made it happen, kept us well stocked and took care of (our) professional staff.”

Other award recipients honored as part of the HEALTH Matters recognition program, an agency-wide initiative whose recipients emulate the core values of Honesty, Excellence, Accountability, Leadership, Teamwork and Helpfulness. HEALTH Matters award recipients are nominated by their peers for consistently demonstrating the core values of the agency. This year’s winners include:  Alicia Elwood, LNA in the CarePlus Program for Honesty; Janet Hodge, Physical Therapist for Excellence, Sandy Eddy, RN for Accountability, Alex Sands, RN for Leadership; Eileen Allen, Customer Service  for Teamwork and Gail Lowry, RN for Helpfulness. Retired CEO Ron Cioffi received the agency’s Unforgettable Award.

“The dedication and patient-centered commitment shown by our employees is an inspiration. All employees, no matter what role they play, have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the care we provide our patients,” said Sara C. King, CEO. “We are honored that each of them joins us in our commitment to the health of our communities.”

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 over 300 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-performing home health agencies by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.

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