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VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Announces Employee Recognition Awards

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest skilled home health and hospice service providers, recently announced the Employee of the Year and HEALTH Matters Award Winners. Wendy Daley, RN, a hospice nurse, was recognized as VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year.

The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies outstanding performance, service excellence, and demonstration of our core values. In her nomination as Employee of the Year, Daley was recognized as an insightful and innovative nurse for instituting the agency’s private duty program, CarePlus, and as the first hospice program manager. “Wendy is a highly valued, long-term employee of the VNA. She is an extremely caring and compassionate nurse whose knowledge, expertise, and dedication to the VNA is undeniable.”

collage of winners of Employees-of-Year-2022

Other award recipients were 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 agency’s core values. This year’s winners include John Campbellrecently retired hospice volunteer coordinator for Honesty; Lyane Adam-MurnaghanPhysical Therapist and Clinical Manager for Excellence; Janelle CummingsPhysical Therapist for Accountability; Kate Lawrence, RN, WOCN for Leadership; Amanda Van Dien, Case Manager for Long-Term Care and Claire Ericksen, RN in Pediatric Hi-tech for Helpfulness. In addition, Customer Service Representatives Eileen Allen and Patricia Andrews shared the agency’s Unforgettable Award.

Employees celebrating milestones of 5 to 25 years were also recognized in the annual employee recognition video and received a thank you card with a gift from the agency. The announcement of the employee recognition awards is the kick-off to VNA Week, a weekly celebration of all staff and their contributions to our mission.

“The dedication and patient-centered commitment shown by our employees is an inspiration. No matter what role they play, all employees have the opportunity to impact 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.