Awards given at VNA of NWI annual dinner
Nearly 100 staff members, donors, board members, volunteers and guests attended the recent Visiting Nurse Association of Northwest Indiana's annual dinner held at the Old Town Banquet Center in Valparaiso. The event was preceded by a reception for VNA Forever Society members.
President and CEO of the VNA of Northwest Indiana, Ann O’Heir, said they like to take an evening out every year to recognize their team. “We have a great, cohesive team that has such a strong leadership. We care for people and we care for them quickly when they need us,” said O’ Heir. “These nurses, aids, and pastors are out on their own in the field. They don’t have that additional support that the caregivers do in hospitals and extended care facilities. We have such a serious career with what we do on a day-to-day basis, so, this down time is nice to be able to laugh and relax together.”
Friends and family gathered at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso on Tuesday evening at the VNA’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to honor and remember loved ones during the holiday season.
Over 200 attendees crowded the gorgeous Stardust Ballroom at the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel, and Spa Saturday evening to share a meal and help raise awareness of the Visiting Nurses Association of Northwest Indiana, as well as to raise money needed to update the Arthur B. and Ethel V. Horton VNA Hospice Center in Valparaiso.
Under bright blue skies, more than 250 people joined the Visiting Nurse Association of NWI at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso on Sunday, May 7th, to walk in memory of loved ones at the 16th annual VNA Stroll for Hospice.
Prior to the kickoff of the walk, VNA President and CEO Ann O’Heir welcomed the crowd. “Thanks to the generosity of so many, the VNA remains a vital support system in our community, providing hospice care and services such as VNA Meals on Wheels and grief support for children at the VNA Phoenix Center.” O’Heir also invited veterans to the front of the crowd to be honored for their service and lead the stroll.
Families joined together as teams, competing for the top prizes by raising pledges to support their stroll. Each winning team and individual received a commemorative Stroll for Hospice brick in appreciation of their efforts. This year, Team CSI rounded up the most sponsors of their walk and the Jack Johns Team raised the highest amount in sponsorships. Individuals receiving awards were Carol Koss, who raised the most money in memory of her husband Bill Koss, who was a VNA Hospice Volunteer, and Bill Beck, a longtime VNA Hospice Volunteer. This year’s largest team was Team Rick and Buzz, with 26 team members.
All those who collected pledges in support of their walk were entered in a drawing to be named the 2018 VNA Stroll for Hospice Grand Marshal and Denise McDermott was selected to lead the walkers next year.
Along the first leg of the route, strollers were greeted with the famous pretzel bites from Bens’ Pretzels and mini burgers from Pikk’s Tavern. And, all along the route, strollers were able to see signs in memory of loved ones. Following the walk, strollers gathered for a picnic lunch, followed by Culver’s Custard, donated by Culver’s of Valparaiso. In addition, there were lots of family friendly activities, including a bounce house, face painting, games, and even a DJ to keep things hopping.
Special thanks to the VNA Stroll for Hospice top sponsors: Nipsco, Porter Regional Hospital, LaPorte Hospital, Golden Tech, Crown Counseling, and CrossCountry Mortgage.
The Visiting Nurse Association of NWI (VNA) proudly announces its approval of accreditation status by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for hospice care.
Achieving accreditation is a process where healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.
ACHC is a not-for-profit organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. ACHC is ISO 9001:2008 certified and has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice and DMEPOS.
“Accreditation is a review process that allows us to demonstrate our ability to meet predetermined criteria and standards of accreditation established by a professional accrediting agency. It represents agencies as credible and reputable organizations dedicated to ongoing and continuous compliance with the highest standard of quality. Achieving accreditation demonstrates that we continuously strive for excellence and we have achieved compliance with rigorous national quality standards and requirements for hospice and inpatient hospice services. This in turn provides our patients and families with peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in very capable hands,” says VNA President and CEO Ann O’Heir.