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VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Recognizes Employees of the Quarter

RUTLAND, VT (April 19, 2021) The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest providers of skilled home health and hospice services, recognized Alicia Elwood, an LNA in the CarePlus program as Clinical Employee of the 4th Quarter of  2020 and Deb Henky, Thrift Shop Associate as Non-Clinical Employee of the 4th Quarter of 2020.

For the 1st Quarter of 2021 Janet Hodge, Physical Therapist was recognized as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Sarah Labrecque, Finance Clerk, as the Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter.

Employees of the Quarter are selected from nominations submitted by peers and acknowledge employees who go above and beyond their typical job duties and best reflect the agency values of honesty, excellence, accountability, teamwork, leadership, and helpfulness.

portrait of Alicia Elwood, Licensed Nursing Assistant
Alicia Elwood, Licensed Nursing Assistant
portrait of Deb Henky of the Thrift Shop in Manchester
Deb Henky, Thrift Shop in Manchester

2020 4th Quarter Employees

Clinical Employee of the Quarter, Alicia Elwood, LNA was honored by her patients for her honesty and helpfulness. One patient wrote, “She acts very professional, speaks highly of the VNA, and loves providing care. It is truly an honor to have her in my home.” Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter Deb Henky was recognized for helpfulness and dedication with customers at the Thrift Shop in Manchester. Thrift Shop proceeds benefit home health and hospice care in Bennington and Rutland Counties.

portrait of Janet Hodge, Physical Therapist
Janet Hodge, Physical Therapist
portrait of Sarah Labrecque, Finance Clerk
Sarah Labrecque, Finance Clerk

2021 1st Quarter Employees

Clinical Employee of the Quarter, Janet Hodge, a Physical Therapist was honored by her patients for professionalism and helpfulness after joint replacement surgeries. One patient noted, “We are grateful for Jan’s advice and professionalism. She is friendly, nice, knowledgeable, and approachable. She made the post-surgical experience a comfortable one.”  Sarah Labrecque, Finance Clerk was honored for her kindness and helpfulness and for being the consummate team player.

Exemplifying the Values that are the Hallmark of the VNA.

“Alicia, Deb, Janet, and Sarah exemplify the values that are the hallmark of the VNA,” said Jessica Fredette, Director of Human Resources. “All employees, no matter what their role here have an opportunity to have a positive impact on the patients and services we provide. We are honored that these outstanding employees join us in our mission of serving our community.”

Deserving of Recognition

“These employees deserve this recognition,” said Sara C. King, CEO. “The past year, especially, has been very challenging, and yet Alicia, Deb, Janet, and Sarah persevered through all the challenges to provide excellent service to our patients and each other.”

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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