Archives for November 2014

Welcome Kerrie Landry-MacBride, Director of Finance


IMG_1023Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce Kerrie Landry-MacBride as Director of Finance at Cornerstone VNA.   In her role, Ms. Landry-MacBride will implement, and administer the organization’s overall financial budget, lead financial programs and policies and direct the management of day-to-day accounting functions including payroll and accounts payable.  She will also oversee fiscal compliance with all regulatory and/or governing bodies and manage a staff of professionals in the business office including the Human Resources Department. In addition, the Director of Finance provides support to the organization’s Board of Directors and the management team.

Ms. Landry-MacBride received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Accounting and a Master’s Certificate in Economics and Finance from New Hampshire College.   Her previous experience includes Proprietor and Consultant of AccuRite Accounting & Consulting of Somersworth, NH; Controller at SchaeferRolls, Inc. of Farmington, NH and Business Manager and Controller at Urban Tree of Rochester, NH.  She is currently a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. Ms. Landry-MacBride resides in Dover with her husband and three children.

Kelly Doherty, Nurse Practitioner, to Lead Palliative Care Program


IMG_0972Cornerstone VNA is pleased to announce Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC as the Nurse Practitioner for Palliative care and the Hospice Program.   In her role, Ms. Doherty will work directly with patients and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide relief from the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease or a life limiting illness.  Her vast experience includes Nurse Practitioner for Pain Management at Interventional Spine Medicine and Seacoast Pain Institute in New Hampshire and Specialized Health Management in Newton, MA.  Her experience in palliative care and hospice includes Registered Nurse at the Hyder Hospice House, and Triage and Nurse Consultant at Wentworth Hospice in Dover, NH, Palliative Care Nurse at Beacon Hospice in MA;  Primary Hospice Nurse at Hospice of St. George’s County and Hospice Case Manager at John Hopkins Home Care and Hospice in Maryland.  Most recently she served as Adjunct Faculty at Hesser College in Portsmouth, NH teaching Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, Clinical II and Medical Office Applications. She was an active member and Chairperson of the New Hampshire Pain Initiative.

Ms. Doherty received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from St Joseph’s College and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Bowie State University.  She is ANCC certified as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Pain Management Specialist.  Her published work and presentations include Pharmacology of Pain, and Pain & Symptom Management at New Hampshire Technical Institute, It Doesn’t Have to Hurt at the NHHPCO Annual Conference; Oncological Emergences, and History of Hospice for Southern Maine Oncology Nursing Society and Pain Management: An Overview, for the New Hampshire Pain Nurses’ Association. She is a recipient of the State Pain Initiative Champion Award and a member of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

“We are most fortunate to have Kelly Doherty become a part of our team at Cornerstone VNA,” states Julie Reynolds, CEO.  “She will be instrumental in launching our Palliative Care Program and a valuable resource for our entire clinical staff in home care and Hospice.  She is committed to providing compassionate and expert care and support to patients and their families”.

To learn more about Hospice and Palliative Care, click here.

New Palliative Care Program


Cornerstone VNA is committed to providing patients and their families with trusted, compassionate and expert care and has recently added a new Palliative Care Program to improve the care for patients living with a chronic or life limiting illness.  In addition to a Hospice program, Cornerstone VNA now provides palliative care consultations and pain management services to help patients manage the symptoms of their disease.  Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with a serious illness.  Its focus is on providing patients relief from the pain and anxiety of a complex illness, regardless of the diagnosis.  It is appropriate at any age and at any stage of a disease.  Palliative care is different from Hospice care in that it may start at diagnosis, and patients receiving palliative care may also receive curative treatment for their disease. The primary goals of the Palliative Care Program are to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family and decrease the need for emergency room visits or re-hospitalizations.

Kelly Doherty, RN-C, MSN, ARNP-BC has the lead role in launching the Palliative Care Program.  She is ANCC certified as a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Pain Management Specialist. In her role, Ms. Doherty will work directly with a patient’s physician, the patient and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team to enhance a patient’s care and provide relief from the pain and symptoms of a chronic disease or a life limiting illness.  “The ultimate goal,” states Kelly Doherty, “is to relieve suffering and improve the patient’s quality of life.”

To learn more about Hospice and Palliative Care, click here.

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice organization serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine.  The team at the VNA uses the latest technology to provide the most highly skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work, and support services in their service area.

Certified Specialty programs include Wound, Ostomy & Incontinence care, Diabetes Management and Education, Certified Behavioral Health Nursing, Certified Intravenous Therapy, Chronic Care Management, Palliative Care Consultations, a Maternal Wellness Program and Fall Prevention & Balance Therapies.  Specialty services include a Telehealth Program, an in-home health monitoring system, and Smart Care, an emergency response and communication system for patients and their families providing 24 hour, 7 day a week peace of mind and added sense of security when making the transition to homecare.

Cornerstone VNA is a center of Excellence for Home Health and Hospice Care.

Bereavement and Grief Support Group Offered in December

This December, we will be offering a special program during the holidays to help individuals cope with feelings of grief, loss and sadness in a safe and caring environment.  To register, call Nikki Hopewill at 603-332-1133 or click on the image below for additional information.

Holiday Bereavement Support Flyer 2014