Cornerstone VNA Receives Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation for Telehealth

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, recently received a $32,000 E3 Grant from the Cardinal Health Foundation to improve health outcomes for high-risk patients. Specifically, the grant supports the implementation of a new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program at Cornerstone VNA. The telehealth program uses 4G-enabled Samsung tablets, which are portable disease management systems that are placed in patients’ homes to closely monitor chronic illnesses. Telehealth units offer video conferencing, medication reminders and monitoring of vital signs. Patients take and track their vitals daily while Cornerstone VNA clinicians monitor them through the web and mobile application. The goals of this new Community Telehealth Paramedicine program include improving communication between services (e.g. Hospitals, Physician Practices and Home Care Agencies) and standardizing chronic disease management in the community.

The new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program is the result of extensive collaboration between Cornerstone VNA and Frisbie Memorial Hospital (FMH) to address a need in the community to further support high-risk patients. It brings clinical expertise in telehealth technology and merges it with the community outreach efforts of a major area hospital.  According to Gary Brock, Director of EMS, Frisbie Memorial Hospital, “We could not be happier with the partnerships we have developed in our emerging Mobile Integrated Health program. Cornerstone VNA has been a key partner, and their vision in population health management, is nothing short of amazing.  Their partnership is essential in creating integrated models of healthcare that result in better outcomes for at risk patients. We are grateful for their willingness to remove traditional barriers to care and the partnerships they are building.”

Currently, FMH paramedics from the Mobile Integrated Health program (MIH) make home visits to patients who may not qualify for home care or who decline services. With the new Community Telehealth Paramedicine Program, telehealth units will now be available to FMH paramedics to use with these patients. For example, FMH paramedics will identify a patient in need and contact Cornerstone VNA with a telehealth referral. Cornerstone VNA will then deploy units to those patients and provide installation, daily monitoring and training. Ongoing patient support will be provided by the Cornerstone VNA Telehealth Clinical Coordinator.

Jennifer Gullison RN, MSN, Cornerstone VNA Clinical Director states, “This program is the first of its kind in the state and will assist our organization and FMH in continuing to address the needs of at risk patients in the community by utilizing available technology and equipment. We are most grateful to the Cardinal Health Foundation for generously supporting this important new endeavor.”

About Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care.  For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

 

Cornerstone VNA Recognizes National Caregivers and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Cornerstone VNA is proud to celebrate the tenacity and kind-heartedness of caregivers during November, which is recognized as National Caregivers Month. This month, Cornerstone VNA hosted a special Caregivers Connect event at the Portsmouth Public Library, focused on caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.  Caregivers Connect is a new initiative launched by Cornerstone VNA that provides community education programs to assist individuals in their caregiving roles.  Generously underwritten by Federal Savings Bank, the event featured keynote speaker, A. Michael Bloom, author of The Accidental Caregiver’s Survival Guide: Your Roadmap to Caregiving without Regret and all attendees received a copy of Bloom’s book. There were special presentations by Ann Marie Olsen-Hayward, LICSW, Geriatric Psychiatry, Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Jenna Arsenault, RN, MSW, Behavioral Health Nurse, Cornerstone VNA. The event concluded with a panel discussion where caregivers were encouraged to ask questions. Trained staff from Cornerstone VNA also provided on-site respite care for loved ones of caregivers who attended the event.

In addition to supporting community caregivers, Cornerstone VNA provides educational opportunities for professional caregivers as well.  Earlier this year, Cornerstone VNA received a grant from the Lisa Gelfand Family Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5,000.  Thanks to this generous grant award, two lead staff members, Jenna Arsenault, RN and Sandy Powers, RN attended a comprehensive Alzheimer’s Association “train the trainer” program.  Arsenault and Powers received the tools they needed to bring the program back to Cornerstone VNA and train all Licensed Nursing Assistants and Personal Care Service Providers.  The nine week training course will enable Cornerstone VNA staff to provide improved care to their patients and support for caregivers.

Further recognizing the importance of caregivers, Cornerstone VNA chose an exemplary caregiver to receive the 2016 Cornerstone Award at a recent event.  Janet Young of Dover is a loving wife and dedicated to her mission to having her husband at home.  She received this special award for being a wonderful caregiver and recognizing the importance of taking time for herself, which is essential for all caregivers in order to maintain their overall health and well-being.  “Janet is a perfect example of a successful caregiver because she makes sure to ‘Take Care to Give Care’, which is the 2016 theme of the National Family Caregivers Month,” states Janice Howard, Life Care – Private Duty Director.  Howard continues, “Janet affords herself the opportunity to recharge by meeting up with friends or taking a walk while her husband is being cared for by our staff.”

Through community events, grants and educational opportunities, Cornerstone VNA is committed to providing programs, resources and support to assist caregivers throughout the year.  For more information, visit www.cornerstonevna.org/caregivers-connect/ or call the Life Care – Private Duty program at Cornerstone VNA at 800-691-1133 x108.

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Cornerstone VNA Named as Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite

Cornerstone VNA today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate Cornerstone VNA on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

June Gallup, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C, BCHH-C, Quality Improvement Director at Cornerstone VNA, credits a strong commitment to continuing education for staff and specialty certifications with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite. “We are honored to receive this recognition once again,” said Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, Chief Executive Officer.  Reynolds adds, “we are incredibly proud of our staff and their continued commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients to ensure positive outcomes.”

“We are proud to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

About ABILITY Network

ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to HomeCareElite@abilitynetwork.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About DecisionHealth®

For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1‑855‑CALL‑DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

Cornerstone VNA Receives Support for Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitor Program

Cornerstone VNA, a non-profit home health and hospice organization, continues to identify innovative ways to support patients and the community. Since 2015, Cornerstone VNA has been involved in the Million Hearts initiative, a program that focuses on Aspirin, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Smoking Cessation. To get started, the Disease Management Team at Cornerstone VNA began working on Smoking Cessation and Blood Pressure Control, which has involved working with Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Million Hearts group and the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) around best practices, patient education and standardized educational brochures. In an effort to help patients better manage their blood pressure, Cornerstone VNA submitted an application to the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations and was invited to participate in their self-measured blood pressure program (SMBP).

According to the QIN-QIO and the NH Division of Public Health Services, “self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring, when combined with additional support (i.e., patient counseling, education, or web-based support), has been shown to improve blood pressure outcomes in patients with high blood pressure.”

As an awardee of the SMBP program, Cornerstone has received 20 blood pressure cuffs that will be leased to patients at no charge. Clinicians at Cornerstone VNA will identify high-risk patients and provide them with a blood pressure cuff and education in the home setting to help them monitor, improve and control their blood pressure. According to Jennifer Gullison, RN, MSN, Clinical Director, “this program will give homecare clinicians tools to help our patients get control of their blood pressures and work with our Community Physicians to manage patients in their own homes.”

As part of our work with the Seacoast Public Health Network, the Million Hearts program and our new blood pressure monitor program, this “Seacoast NH Blood Pressure Commercial” was done by the University of New Hampshire Nursing students.

About Cornerstone VNA
Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

 

Hospice and Palliative Care Helps Patients & Families Focus on Quality of Life

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psycho social support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

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Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized quality care, many patients and their families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

During the month of November, Cornerstone VNA has been joining other organizations across the nation to raise awareness in the community about the importance of hospice and palliative care through e-newsletters, social media and website postings.  Additionally, the Hospice Care Program at Cornerstone VNA has been recognizing hospice patients, who are veterans, as part of the We Honor Veterans program.  Throughout the month, veterans receiving hospice care are being recognized with a framed certificate and an American flag lapel pin.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by calling Cornerstone VNA at 603-332-1133 or visiting www.cornerstonevna.org.   Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

Cornerstone VNA is a non-profit home, health and hospice agency currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work as well as volunteer and support services through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For more than 100 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end of life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

The Fabulous Find To Benefit Cornerstone VNA

THE FABULOUS FIND TO BENEFIT CORNERSTONE VNA

The board of directors of A Caring Community, dba The Fabulous Find Resale Boutique announces the recipients for December 2015. Cornerstone VNA has been selected as a recipient and will share the profits of December’s sales with the Community Tool Box and Seacoast Pathways.

The Fabulous Find, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is a boutique style resale shop on Route One in Kittery which partners with local non-profit organizations each month.

All profits are donated to worthy organizations selected by the Board of Directors which includes Marcye Philbrook, Board President and Judy Hansen, Sue Sowerby, Phyllis Welch, Anne Hunter and Anne Bryer, Special Liaison. Store Manager is Deb Higgins. To date, The Fabulous Find, which opened in July of 2010, has logged thousands of volunteer hours to help manage the store and merchandise, and has donated more than $700,000.00 to worthy organizations including:

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“During this holiday season we are reminding of the importance of giving,” states Susan Paquette, RN, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA. “The Fabulous Find reminds us of the importance of giving all year long to worthy organizations in need. Their good work and the volunteers who donate so many hours to support their work are truly a gift to the community! We are grateful to be included in the long list of past recipients and are proud to share December’s profits with the Community Tool Box and Seacoast Pathways.”

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 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.

For more information visit www.cornerstonevna.org or www.thefabulousfind.org

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

Save The Date-Nov. 8, 2014

Cornerstone VNA Welcomes Erika Lee as Assistant Director of Advancement

Erika LeeCornerstone VNA is pleased to announce that Erika Lee has joined the team as Assistant Director of Advancement.   In her role, Ms. Lee will be responsible for providing support to the Advancement Director in the area of development, marketing and communications.  She will also coordinate and oversee public relations events, research and write grants, and manage the exemplary volunteer program at Cornerstone VNA.  Ms. Lee brings with her a wealth of experience in health care administration having served as Development Director at SeaCare Health Services in Exeter, NH, Planning Associate in Strategic Planning at Elliot Health System in Manchester, NH, and Regional Operations Coordinator at HEALTHSOUTH New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, MA.

“I am so pleased to have Erika Lee become part of our team,” states Susan Paquette, Director of Advancement at Cornerstone VNA.  “Erika has such a diverse skill set. She possesses outstanding communication skills coupled with superb writing ability, creativity and vision.  She joins our team’s profound commitment to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.”

Ms. Lee earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Management and Policy and her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.  Over the years she has participated in charity bike events and has volunteered for Northeast Passage, a non-profit organization and program of the Recreation Management and Policy Department at UNH that provides barrier free recreation for people with physical disabilities.  She has recently served as a Board Member for Catamount Womenaid and the Council of Fundraising (CONFR).  She currently resides in Northwood with her husband and two children.

2013 Centennial Event Was A Huge Success!

Our Centennial Event on 11/9/2013 was a huge success as result of the tremendous support from all of our vendors, sponsors, contributors, and everyone that attended this special event! Thank you!!!

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1st Annual Healthy Living Expo Oct. 2, 2013

Cornerstone VNA presents the 1st Annual Healthy Living Expo-Here’s To Your Health at Tara Estates in Rochester, NH.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is Free

Please see below link for more information or call us at 603-332-1133

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