MEREDITH — The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association paused from their hectic schedules to recognize and thank a group of devoted community members and volunteers Tuesday, during the organization's annual meeting & awards ceremony. Chairman of the Board, Chuck Thorndike called the annual meeting to order at 2 pm on May 19, at the Meredith Community Center. The event was attended by over 50 community members.
The LRVNA board members submitted their annual Secretary's Report, Treasurer's Report and also presented the slate of new board members. The LRVNA showed an impressive 33% growth in 2014 due to increased number of patients resulting from the addition of new towns covered by skilled nursing staff.
The presentation of the community service awards were as follows:
Donna Grow was honored for Outstanding Service to the Community.
With a three-decade history of public service and volunteerism, Donna currently coordinates municipal and community meal programs for the elderly and disabled in Ossipee, Moultonborough, and Sandwich. She spearheaded efforts to serve some 24,000 meals in 2014 alone. Starting off as a cook for Ossipee Concerned Citizens in 1985, her mission of helping others- or "paying it forward," as she calls it, continues today.
Phyllis Hamblet was honored for Outstanding Service to the LRVNA. Known as "Tuffy", she has been a hands-on worker on many LRVNA committees since 2001. She served as President from 2009 through 2013, and was a vital part of the construction of the new LRVNA building. She has been a leader and important voice for the welfare of the nursing staff and vital to the LRVNA fundraising efforts.
Jeanne Sanders was honored for Outstanding Service to the Medical Community. Jeanne is the CEO of Golden View Community, a position she has held for 35 years. She has been a driving force behind the expansion of services for elderly in the Lakes Region, including long term care, assisted living and recently a state-of-the-art short term rehabilitation center.
LRVNA Executive Director Cheryl Gonzalo said it's always a great feeling to be able to publicly recognize community members that have gone above and beyond in their support for their neighbors. "This past year couldn't have been so successful without them," she said. "The LRVNA is so grateful for its supporters."
The 2015 Board of Directors are as follows: Chairman-Chuck Thorndike, Vice Chairman-Bob Patenaude, Secretary-Ed Touhey, Treasurer-Rick Goodby, and Assistant Treasurer-Ray Moritz. Board members: Jeanie Forrester, Renee Speltz, Kevin Kelly, Lydia Torr, Linda Lee, Harry Viens, Bob Patenaude, Holly Heath, Helen Heiner and Carl Johnson.
Gonzalo reported that the LRVNA has embarked on a new marketing effort to educate the community about their services and the new territories that they now serve. The addition of new staff, new offices and parking has been a great new asset for the organization. She reported that this April was their busiest month ever, serving 1037 patients. She thanked the LRVNA staff for their tireless efforts and gave special recognition to Sheila Grad, who has been with the LRVNA for twenty years, and continues to be an important support member of the team.
The program concluded with a special presentation by Virginia, "Ginny" Blackmer, APRN, CWCN. Ginny is a wound care specialist and gave an informative look at the various methods of wound care from the time of the Egyptians to today. Many new methods are now being used for chronic wound treatment at the new wound center at Lakes Region General Hospital, one of which is a low-frequency ultrasound that assists with tissue growth.
The annual meeting and awards ceremony guests were treated to homemade refreshments before the meeting was adjourned. The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association is located at 186 Waukewan St. in Meredith. For more information call 603-279-6611 or visit www.lrvna.org.
The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association was founded in 1923. Initially consisting of a single nurse with a mission in Meredith, LRVNA currently serves Meredith, Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Sandwich, Laconia and Gilford, providing a full range of nursing, social services and therapeutic services.
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