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The 4th of July Martin Devlin Memorial Virtual Fun Run begins today!

Run, walk, stroll, or treadmill a 5K to benefit VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. Do your 5K anywhere, anytime, between now and July 4th! The staff of the VNA & Hospice has been on the front lines of the pandemic providing compassionate care to patients. We are so grateful to the countless participants […]

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

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. […]

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

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. […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Names New Clinical Managers

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region named Lyane Adam-Murnaghan, PT, CLT, COQS as Clinical Manager in the Bennington office and Scott Tommola, MSPT as Clinical Manager in the Rutland office. Adam-Murnaghan and Tommola are responsible for the delivery of effective and efficient clinical services

De-Stress for Better Health

The physiological impact of stress is universally accepted as affecting physical and mental health. Dr. Hans Selye, a pioneering endocrinologist, is one of the earliest researchers in this area and reported on the positive and negative effects of stress. He used the term “eustress” for events that are positive and challenge us to adapt to […]

Sara C. King Named Chief Executive Officer

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest providers of skilled home health and hospice services, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Sara C. King as Chief Executive Officer she will replace Ron Cioffi, RN, CEO who is retiring in June. King will assume the leadership […]

What are the benefits of PT for the prenatal and postpartum patient?

As a physical therapist (and recent new mother), I have come to realize the importance of preparing the body for pregnancy and the postpartum period. It is no secret that this time in a woman’s life places great demands on her body. What I have found (both in working with patients and in my own […]

Jessica M. Fredette Named Human Resources Director at VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region welcomes Jessica M. Fredette as the agency’s Human Resources Director. Fredette joins the agency with 11 years of experience and will oversee human resources operations for the entire organization.

Update on the COVID-19 Vaccine for Homebound Patients

At the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, we are following guidelines set by the State of Vermont that determine when Vermont residents are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Right now, the vaccine is available to those who are 75 and over. We urge all eligible Vermonters to sign-up for your vaccine and […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Receives 2021 Best of Home Care®-Provider of Choice Award

RUTLAND, VT (January 28, 2021) – The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region announced today that its’ private duty program, CarePlus has received the 2021 Best of Home Care–Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction [...]

Vitamin D is Essential for Good Health

Vitamin D is essential for multiple physiological processes and is considered a hormone, with receptors located in nearly all human cells. It is well established to be critical for bone health, with deficiencies linked to many issues including type II diabetes, cancer, depression, cognitive health, autoimmune disorders, infectious disease, and more. Many studies are linking […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Celebrates 75 Years of Serving the Community

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Celebrates 75 Years of Serving the Community. 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 […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Offers Virtual Bereavement Support Group in Bennington County

Beginning Thursday, January 14th, the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNASHR) will offer virtual bereavement support meetings the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 6 – 7pm. Lori Rogers, VNAHSR’s bereavement care coordinator in Bennington, will facilitate.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region CEO Ronald J. Cioffi, RN Announces Retirement After 40-Year Career at Agency

Ronald J. Cioffi, RN, and CEO of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR), one of the state’s largest providers of skilled home health and hospice services, announced plans to retire in June of 2021.Cioffi, a registered nurse, and native Vermonter joined the VNA (then known as the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association) […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Awarded Technology Grant from Rotary

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has been awarded $4,680.00 through the Rotary Foundation COVID-19 Recovery Global Grant to help purchase much-needed technology to help the agency adapt to the changing realities of providing home health care and hospice during an epidemic

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

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) named Sharon Davis and Jenifer Dufresne as the Non-Clinical Employees of the Quarter and Celina Fuller, Speech Language Pathologist as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter. Employees of the Quarter are selected from nominations submitted by colleagues and acknowledge employees who go above and beyond their […]

Dinners with Love Recognizes Volunteers with Annual Awards

Dinners with Love, a Brandon based non-profit agency dedicated to providing free, delivered meals from local restaurants to hospice patients and their families recently honored two individuals from the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region at their virtual Comfort for a Cause event. Volunteer Dick Bower from Bennington County received the Jean Finnerty Award, […]

Walk this Way! Starting Your Own Walking Program Has Benefits

The coronavirus is taking its toll worldwide and will continue to do so for some time to come. Much is known about transmission, infection, and symptoms, but there are still many unanswered questions. However, there is one thing that is almost certain to help protect an individual from contracting the virus, and that is maintaining […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Wins Gold Award at The 2020 Lamplighter Awards

Westford, MA – In its 30th Annual Lamplighter Awards, The New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) honored the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region with a gold award for its work in healthcare marketing. The Lamplighters were established to showcase and honor excellence in healthcare communications throughout the New England region. The 2020 [...]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Re-Opens Outpatient Therapy Clinic

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is re-opening its outpatient therapy clinic in Manchester with robust safety measures in place to protect the health of patients and staff. “There are patients who, due to restrictions related to the Coronavirus, have not been able to access the therapy services they need,” said Nicole […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Employee Awards Announced

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is pleased to announce this year’s Employee of the Year and HEALTH Matters Award Winners. Thirty-eight employees were recognized for years of service including Sharon Davis, Utilization Review Specialist for 35 years of service. Davis was also recognized as the VNAHSR’s Employee of the Year.

Nicole L. Moran, MSN, BA, RN Named Chief Clinical Operations Officer at VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has named Nicole L. Moran, MSN, BA, RN as Chief Clinical Operations Officer. She will have system-level responsibility for organizing, planning, directing, and evaluating all clinical services and care delivery models. This includes home health care and hospice and palliative care services. She will play a […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Receives $10,000 Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has received a $10,000 grant from the VT COVID-19 Response Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. 

Thank You to the Communities We Serve

Your vote of confidence in the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) enables us to focus on continuing to meet the needs of patients, families, and our community partners.

You Can Make a Difference: Volunteer for Hospice

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 […]

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

“The dedication and patient-focused commitment shown by our employees is an inspiration. All of our employees, no matter where they work in the organization, have the opportunity to have a positive impact on the care we provide our patients,” said Ron Cioffi, CEO of the VNAHSR. “We are honored that Allison and Juli join us […]

Improving Mobility & Overall Wellbeing: Why Choose Physical Therapy

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy. Staying Active When it comes to staying active and exercising in a healthy and safe manner, there are many different avenues and therapies to consider. Yoga, Pilates, weight training, and aerobics are all well-known and beneficial for maintaining strength, [...]

Keeping Active is a Lifetime Pursuit

October is National Physical Therapy Month, an opportunity to raise awareness of the benefits of physical therapy. Get regular exercise Keeping physically active and fit is a lifetime pursuit. Getting older may mean needing to modify your routine, but not becoming inactive. It is so important to get regular exercise to keep your joints and muscles [...]

Dancing with the Rutland Stars Announces 2019 Cast

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is excited to announce the return of its popular fundraiser, Dancing with the Rutland Stars, for its 9th year. The event will be held on October 12, 2019 at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The event benefits Kids on the Move and the Pediatric High-Tech program […]

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

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) named Sheena Caron as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Debra Stone as the Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter. Employees of the Quarter are selected from nominations submitted by colleagues and acknowledge employees who go above and beyond their regular job duties and […]

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region Recognized at Annual Lamplighter Awards

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has been recognized with an award from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) to honor achievements in healthcare marketing, public relations and communications.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Employee Awards Announced

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region held its annual employee recognition dinner honoring staff for their many years of service and outstanding commitment to the agency’s mission. Employees were celebrated for reaching milestone years of service and highlighted employees for specific awards: the Employee of the Year, Unforgettable Employee and HEALTH Matters Award […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Hosts Community Connections Hospice Event

VNA & Hospice is hosting the first in a series of community events engaging people in conversations and education about end-of-life care on Thursday, May 9 at Southside Steakhouse in Rutland from 5-7pm. Hors d’oeuvres and light fare will be served.

VNAHSR Annual Tree of Hope Memorial Service Welcomes Those Dealing with Loss

VNAHSR annual Tree of Hope memorial service will be held at 1128 Monument Av on Sunday, May 19, 2019, beginning at 3pm. It is free and open to the public.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region’s Thrift Shop Announces Saturday Hours

Thrift Shop announces Saturday hours on each second Saturday of the month beginning April 13 and ending October 13, 2019.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Seeks Compassionate Hospice Volunteers

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is offering a one-day class for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Training will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 8am – 4:00pm in the Seminar Room at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Training is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Nurses Win 2019 Betsy Gardner Scholarship

Nicolette R. Beagle, RN, CHPN, COS-C Hospice Clinical Manager and Alexandra Sands, RN Hospice are recipients of the 2019 Betsy Gardner Scholarship, an initiative of the Madison-Deane Education fund that provides educational funding for hospice and palliative care nurses.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Offers Leading Home Health Technology to Area Residents

With an eye towards improving care for individuals with chronic illness, reducing repeat hospitalizations and improving patient outcomes, the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region recently upgraded their in-home telemonitoring technology so that patients utilizing the system can get a check-up every day in the comfort of their homes. Telemonitoring provides daily nursing support […]

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

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) named Sheena Caron as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Debra Stone as the Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter. Employees of the Quarter are selected from nominations submitted by colleagues and acknowledge employees who go above and beyond their regular job duties and […]

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Named as a Top Agency in the 2018 Ability HomeCare Elite

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2018 HomeCare Elite, recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 13 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the […]

Dancing with the Rutland Stars Winners Announced

In front of a sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theatre, Praveen Keshava, MD, owner, and ophthalmologist at Central Vermont Eye Care and Sam Ho, a dance instructor at Cobra Gymnastics and Dance Center were presented with the Mirror Ball Trophy as the Judges Choice at the eighth annual Dancing with the Rutland Stars.

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

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) named Janelle Cummings, DPT as the Clinical Employee of the Quarter and Marc Miele as the Non-Clinical Employee of the Quarter. Employees of the Quarter are selected from nominations submitted by colleagues and acknowledge employees who go above and beyond their regular job duties […]

Kate Lawrence Recognized at Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society Annual Conference

Kate was recognized with the 2018 President’s Recognition Award for her significant contributions to the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) Society and the field of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing.

Maternal Child Health Nurse Invited to Speak at International Conference

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.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region to Break Ground for Facilities Expansion

The 3,000 square foot expansion will be built primarily to meet the demands of growth within the agency’s Hospice program.

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region Recognized at Annual Lamplighter Awards

with four awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) to honor achievements in healthcare marketing, public relations and communications.

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region Recognizes Dedicated, Exemplary Employees

Employees of the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) took center stage at the Equinox Hotel for the agency’s annual employee award celebration. The yearly event recognizes employees who have reached years-of-service milestones and highlights employees for specific awards: the Employee of the Year, Unforgettable Employee and HEALTH Matters Award Winners.

Marc Miele Wins Producer Award for Public Access TV Programming

Marketing Coordinator Marc Miele was honored recently with the Romeo Award at Rutland Regional Community Television’s (PEGTV) Annual Meeting. The Romeo Award is presented every year for a producer of a public access show on one of the stations three channels. Miele produces “The Homecare Connection” a monthly show focused on the diverse array of […]

It’s here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website.

It’s here! Announcing the launch of our newly redesigned website. We’ve redesigned our website with you in mind. The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region is proud to launch our newly redesigned website vermontvisitingnurses.org.

VNAHSR Named Top Agency for Tenth Year

The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) today announced that it has been named as a Top 100 and a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

VNAHSR to Merge with Manchester Health Services

The Visiting Nurse Association of the Southwest Region has received the certificate needed to move forward on merging with Manchester Health Services.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region Named a Top 100 Performing Agency in National Rankings

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, with offices in Rutland, Bennington and Dorset, has been named to the Top 100 of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice […]

Dancing with the Rutland Stars a SOLD OUT Success

Dancing with the Rutland Stars, Season 6, was a sold-out event that raised nearly $36,000 for VNAHSR’s Kids on the Move and Pediatric High-Tech programs. This event is held annually in October at the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland.

Bella Notte Dinner & Auction Raises $57,000

Bella Notte, A Beautiful Night for Giving, was held at the Southside Steakhouse in September. This fundraiser for the Hospice program raised more than $57,000.

Golf Tournaments Bring in the Green for VNAHSR

Our annual series of three successful golf tournaments raised over $60,000 for the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region.

Quality Improvement Specialist Passes Coding Exam

The VNAHSR is pleased to announce that Ann Pollock, RN, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, recently passed the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS–D) exam through the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), the credentialing arm of the Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance (AHCC). Congratulations!

VNA & Hospice Fundraising Hits the Road

In May, the 24th Annual VSMC 5K raised more than $6,500 for VNAHSR’s Kids on the Move and Pediatric High Tech programs as well as Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sport. The Martin Devlin Memorial Fun Run held in July in Poultney raised more than $2,500 for the Hospice program. This event is held in memory […]

Kate Lawrence, VNAHSR Employee of the Year

We’d like to congratulate Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, on being selected by agency staff as Employee of the Year! Kate has been involved with VNAHSR services for nearly 20 years and has been an employee of the agency for three. Congratulations, Kate!

Bennington Bowling Event Supports VNAHSR

A good time was had by all who attended the first annual Bowling for VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, Bennington fundraiser. This event raised more than $1,100 for Hospice services. Thanks to Bennington Lanes, and all who came out to support this event.