visiting you HOME HEALTH CARE AND HOSPICE... THERE WHEN YOU NEED US. A publication for the associates and friends of the VNA of Erie County SEPTEMBER 2007 VNA Goes Paper-Less have the patient’s medical information more readily available, and it will improve communication among all involved in the patient’s care including all agency clinicians and the patient’s physician. The system will assist in improving the quality and accuracy of our documentation. It will definitely be an asset in helping us to provide the best care possible to our home health and hospice patients.” Nurses and therapists will be able to access patient data after business office hours at night, on weekends and holidays. Other benefits of automating clinicians at the point of care include improving communication between Home Care Coordinator Linda Przewrocki, RN, and Home VNA staff members, eliminating errors caused by manually Health Care Nurse, Vinnie Celline, RN, study patient data copying information from one form to another, and saving via Point of Care technology and laptop computers. time by reducing trips back and forth to the VNA office. Executive Director Jim Jaruszewicz said, “Our new point VNA of Erie County continues its second century of of care technology will streamline workflow and standardize delivering home health and hospice services by convert- clinical processes in the field and at the office. Both clinicians ing to a paperless documentation system known as Point and office staff will have access to the information they need of Care (POC). POC allows VNA staff to access and when and where they need it.” maintain accurate, current records, to gain efficiencies in Because the conversion to POC technology is a costly filing insurance claims and other billing processes, and will one, over $250,000, VNA is currently seeking funds to help enhance all other patient-care programs. implement the project. A gift of $20,000 has been received Each nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist while other resources, including foundations and private and medical social worker will be assigned a lap top continued on page 2 computer to use when visiting patients. The individual clinician will file reports electronically, enabling the medical records department to have current and accurate information available to all staff involved with the patient’s care. The POC system will enable clinical managers to monitor patient outcomes in real time, allowing for adjustment and improvement in care. Upon completion of a home visit the clinician will input data into the lap top and forward the information to the main system via a secured web-based transfer. Director of Clinical Services Christine O’Brien, RN, BSN, is eagerly anticipating the full realization of our Point of Care project. She says: “We are excited to introduce technology that will assist our clinicians in providing a higher level of quality care to our patients. The Point of Care documentation system will allow us to VNA patient Eileen Baldwin reviews her personal medical chart via laptop with her nurse, Vinnie. VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION New Board Members OF ERIE COUNTY The Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County announces the election of the following individuals to its Board of Trustees. They began their term of service following the VNA VNA Board of Trustees Annual Meeting on May 8. William Behmke, RN, MSN Patricia S. Chiz Terry L. Landon, LUTCF, an independent insurance agent licensed for Antonio I. German, MD multi-line business with Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency Inc. Licensed Debra J. Kubinski, PhD in PA, NY and OH., Terry has been in the insurance industry for 28 Mark J. Kuhar, Esq. Terry Landon, LUTCF years. He has served as President, V. President, Treasurer on Board of Mary S. Lincoln Directors of Erie Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and Nancy Lane Nelson the Insurance Club of Erie County. Terry has served on the advisory David M. O’Dessa board of Community Nursing Services of North East, and he is the Douglas G. Patton founder of “Project Safe Ride” in Erie County. Tamara S. Philabaum Robert P. Rhodes, PhD David M. O’Dessa, a resident of Edinboro, is retired Vice President of Advancement of Edinboro Patrice M. Rushe, RN University of PA. He has served on the advisory board of PNC Bank and the Erie County Lori L. Sala Ambulance Service, and as a football coach at Edinboro. David previously served on the VNA John R. Schultz Board of Trustees, completing his initial 12-year term in 2005 and chairing the Development Juliana Semple Committee for most of that time. Margaret Anne Shenk Gertrude A. Simmons James A. Steber Nancy J. Taylor has been employed at National Fuel for nearly 30 Heidi L. Sullivan years in a variety of positions. She is currently Senior Manager of Rosalie J. Swenson Corporate Communications Department – public relations, media re- Nancy J. Taylor lations, advertising and community relations - and Quality Assurance Karen J. Thomas Department. Nancy handles Public Utility Commission consumer com- William B. Trice, DDS plaints and programs for low income and special needs customers. Stephen Ventrello She served on the VNA board as a member and President, retiring in Lisa A. Watkins 2001. Taylor is a prior board member of the United Way of Erie County Wendy M. Weber and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Paul K. Wojcik Club of Erie. Mary B. Yakish Robert J. Zanotti, PhD OFFICERS 2006 – 2008: Tamara S. Philabaum Why Choose VNA? President If you want the services of someone you know and trust, someone who has the Paul K. Wojcik skill and experience to give you quality, comprehensive home health or hospice President-Elect care, ask for the VNA by name. We are Erie County’s FIRST home care provider, Patricia S. Chiz bringing health care into your home since 1906. Vice-President Be sure that you have the VNA for your home health or hospice care. If you or Lori L. Sala a loved one is not currently a VNA patient, and you are not satisfied with your care Secretary Douglas G. Patton providers or their agency, you have the right to change anytime during your care. Treasurer Ask for the VNA. Administration James J. Jaruszewicz Paper-Less, continued from page one Executive Director Virginia Bartone donations, are being pursued. With the necessary funding secured clinical operations Director of Business should be completely paperless by December 31 of this year. Development Director of Finance Angela Hadzega is spearheading implementation of POC technology. Angela Hadzega, CMA She says, “Transitions can be difficult, but rarely is something that is really worth doing, easy. Director of Finance The VNA is transitioning to a system that will provide for flow of information between disciplines Christine N. O’Brien, RN, BSN as well as between clinical, clerical and administrative functions. All of the key players will have Director of Clinical Services access to the latest information. A year from now we won’t know how we got along without it.” Mary M. Temple, CFRE We see the move to POC technology as a vital step in keeping VNA of Erie County Director of Development strong, efficient, and an important, independent provider of home health care and hospice Debra Tower services to the community. POC technology will position VNA to meet new challenges facing Executive Secretary our second century of service. 2 Thinking about Hospice? Hospice is a compassionate, patient-centered approach to medical care and support for people at the end of life and their families. It is care focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom control. Hospice recognizes that every person’s experience will be different. It is the mission of hospice staff to walk side-by-side with patients and offer support, not only for any physical symptoms, but for emotional and spiritual needs as well. This support extends to family members and caregivers, as hospice helps them cope with their own unique emotional and spiritual concerns. Are you, a family member or friend residing in Erie County, PA, facing an end-of-life situation? Are you looking for hospice information for yourself or someone you care about? Find out if hospice is the answer for your loved one or yourself by answering these simple questions... Have you or your loved one... 1. Started needing help from others with two or more 5. Started taking medication to lessen physical pain? of the following: Yes ! No ! a. Bathing Yes ! No ! 6. Started spending most of the day in a chair or bed? b. Dressing Yes ! No ! Yes ! No ! c. Getting out of bed Yes ! No ! 7. Fallen several times over the past six months? d. Walking Yes ! No ! Yes ! No ! e. Eating Yes ! No ! 8. Experienced unexplained weight loss so that clothes 2. Started feeling weaker or more tired? Yes ! No ! are noticeably looser? Yes ! No ! 3. Been hospitalized or gone to the emergency room 9. Noticed a shortness of breath, even while resting? several times in the past six months? Yes ! No ! Yes ! No ! 4. Been making more frequent phone calls to 10. Been told by a doctor that life expectancy is limited? your physician? Yes ! No ! Yes ! No ! If you have answered YES to any of these questions, there’s a good chance that hospice is the right answer for you or your loved one... and VNA Hospice can help. Contact VNA Hospice at 814-454-2831 or 1-800-441-6821. MacDonald Presents VNA Hospice Coordinator, Susan MacDonald, RN, OCN, CHPN, was a presenter at the 2007 Housing Services Conference, “Exceeding Expectations,” sponsored by the PA Housing Finance Agency in State College June 27 – 29. MacDonald addressed “Keeping up with Medi- care,” including the changes in Part D, the Hospice Benefit, how to access hospice services, and recognizing the appropriate time to tap into hospice services. Susie is Past President/Board member, Pennsylvania Hospice Network. She joined VNA as a hospice nurse in 1995, and has served as VNA Hospice Coordinator since 1996. In her present position, MacDonald is responsible for the supervision of direct patient care services and for the interdisciplinary team of the VNA Hospice pro- VNA Hospice Medical Director Dorothy gram. She plans, coordinates and supervises the delivery of care to Candib, MD, (left) and Hospice Coordinator, Susie MacDonald, RN, CHPN. Hospice patients and families. She was previously a radiation oncology nurse clinician and staff nurse at Northwest Medical Center for Cancer Care in Franklin, PA. MacDonald received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Slippery Rock University and an associate degree in nursing from Clarion University. She has received sub-specialty certifications in hospice and oncology nursing. 3 HONOR ROLL OF CONTRIBUTORS REGINA CHROMIK Richard Chromik Grace Huntt The Board of Trustees, administration and staff of the Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County wish to extend appreciation to all those who have contributed since the last newsletter. Each gift PEARL CICERO Raymond Cicero helps to make home health and hospice care possible for all in need, regardless of the ability to pay. We thank those who have so generously contributed, as well as those families who requested LOU ANN COMER Ruth E. Russell that donations be made to the VNA in memory of their loved ones. MARILYN MAE CULVER If we have inadvertently omitted any donor, we offer our apologies and request that you call the Tad David Culver Development Office (814-454-2831) to verify our record of your gift. Those memorials and BARBARA FALLER DELEHUNT contributions received from January 1 through June 30, 2007 are as follows: Mary Frances Baumann Mr. & Mrs. John C. Bloomstine Mrs. L. Tim Brugger FRED BRINCHI Greater Erie Community Mr. & Mrs. David Cooney IN HONOR OF Ed Brinchi & Family Action Committee Vivian Lethaby Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dailey Kathy and Dom Debello CARL BROWN Louise, Ingrid and Doris Peterson Maxine Dorman JEAN KENNEDY KECK William “Bill” Blakeslee David & Karen Pryber Rebecca M. Dorman Lyman & Marylin Cohen Concord Ridge Farm Maxine Reinsel, Francis Kuhn, Ethel G. Dwyer Janet & Mike Edwards Ronnie, & Ed Bartoszek Beth C. Ebach DORIS SEACHRIST Kristin and Don Galloway John and Karen Warus Robert Ebach Vincent & Christina Cannata Family Barb, Michael & Matthew Giglotti Ellwood City Forge Glenn Funeral Home KENNETH B. CARLSON Joan Luciano Fels JUSTINE E. SHARPLES Hardwoods of Morganton, Inc. Joe Bedsole Robert Gallo Richard and Elaine Hasbrouck Gene and Marco Ann Behrens Betty N. Herget MR. & MRS. M.E. WECKERLY Nancy and Jon Ingersoll Bob Noel Agency Marie Hlifka Florence Narusewicz Sue A. Kafferlin Ed & Marlene Borenstein David and Patricia Holland Dennis and Mary Ann Little Don and Sheila Brooks Susan E. Lutsch Douglas A. Loesel Frank and Adele Congelio Mr. & Mrs. Victor Lutsch IN MEMORY OF George and Suzanne Loesel Mick Brothers Lumber Ellis Insurance Agency, Inc. Duane and Toni Farrington Patrick and Christine McDermott Charlotte P. Niewolak John and Karen Pearson Christine Gump Norris Company Real Estate PHILLIP AMBROSE Kim Proper & Friends Larry Hoak, CLU, CPCU, ChFC Mr. & Mrs. David Richards Holy Name Society Mark Silka & Heidi Beezub John F. Sules Agency, Inc. Tom & Kris Scarpitti Mary C. Imboden Roger and Sally Smith Gregory & Michelene Martin Mary G. Walker Mr. & Mrs. Frank D. Kujan Mr. & Mrs. William E. Thompson Lee and Sharron Maxwell Wednesday Morning Group Pat & John Timon Mervin Troyer & Lisa Blank Judith E. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Norman G. Troyer Mr. & Mrs. Richard Murzynski LOIS A. DELUCIA NATALIE BARTHELSON-CRAGO Trux, Inc. Julia and Robert Muscott Linda S. Cook Linda Ace Stanley R. Ommen Loretta R. Baran JUDY BROWN Anthony and Christine Pol KATHERINE DURKIN Bruce and Gail Boyce Mrs. Sidney Brown Raymond C. Pollock Dianne Bernard John and Susie Edler Nick and Marisa Ricchiuti & Family Richard & Patricia Heasley Sue Liebau CONCETTA BUFFALARI Elizabeth Ridder Pete & Carol Lubowicki Alphonse Buffalari Mary A. Schmidt MRS. NAT EDWARDS Jill Lutton State Farm Insurance Companies Mr. & Mrs. Richard A. Meehl Frank & Carole Petrungar RUTH BURNS Deborah and Jake Traskell Raymond E. Burns ELAINE FELLOWS DR. BARNABAS BERESKY Cindy Dunn MARY ANN CHAFFEE Gerald S. Salsbury Bldg Robert J. Adler Nancy Leube Donald Chaffee Carol & Kent Bright BEVERLY BECK FISCHBERG Dr. William W. Cohen BETTY CALHOUN ANDREW CHRISTENSEN Mildred and Louis Beck Mildred P. Figurski Bliley Technologies, Inc. Sigrid D. Christensen Amy and Don McNeill GECAC Drug & Alcohol Division MR. & MRS. B.M. FISCHLE & SON, Maggie Williams RICHARD Ronald J. Wurst & Elizabeth M. Hall Dr. & Mrs. Charles A. Joy VICTOR BERTI CAROL FISHER Mr. & Mrs. Edward A. Anderson & Family Ronald J. Wurst & Elizabeth M. Hall Beth Berti & Family Bruce & Pattie Sullivan & BERNARD FITCH Pauline & Louis Berti Donald L. Bevelacqua Jennie Berti Claire and Clifford Hill MARY MEAD FLANAGAN Joyce McGhee & Mark Howell Wendy* and Chuck Weber Brenda Corbett & Wally Kanonczyk Mr. & Mrs. Martin L. Karpik DEBORAH FLANNERYS Jay and Judy Lynch Ruth Morgan Ron & Kathy Nietupski Virge and Den O’Donnell MARYBELLE FOX Jack L. Fox WILLIAM “BILL” BLAKESLEE Doris Brown ROBERT FULLER Robert & Nancy Dailey Mary Bensur DAVID BOWES MARK GALLAGHER Robert and Nancy Dailey Peggy Baker Christopher and Patricia Bloomstine FRANK BOYER Mr. & Mrs. William Bloomstine William J. Heard Frances Casey Sybil M. Janes Mr. & Mrs. David Chrzanowski Janet M. Jones Bonnie H. Clark William W. and Anna May Rose VNA Volunteers attended a summer gathering held at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Danowski Rod L. Troester Edward DiMattio Florence M. Vigorito Luetta Gross. Seated, left to right are: Marge Dunham, Marge Davis, Erie Insurance Group Helen M. Walchack Luetta Gross, Jan Tower and Volunteer Coordinator Jean Kennedy Mary C. Fleming Keck. Standing, Laura Konen, Pearlie Spicer, Lenore Mulcahy, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Greene VIOLA BRENNAN VNA Business Development Director Ginny Bartone, Richard and Elaine Hamilton Winnie & Terry Gardner Julie & Mark Hartmann Evelyn Coleman and Herta Danowski. Chuck & Lisa Jenkins 4 Vitus and Mary Ann Kaiser EILEEN LEPICH Maureen L. Luchs Janine Berlin Lynne Miller Dick & Lynn Bowen R.A. Orlando, Realtor David P. Condon Mary M. Reinsel Atty. Frederick J. Condon Scenery Hill Condominium Assoc. Jeffrey and Lisa Condon Atty. & Mrs. Peter Schaaf Patrick and Amanda Condon Dr. & Mrs. Michael A. Scutella Elizabeth E. Cooper Robert & Mary M. Scypinski Kim and Stephen Cullen Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Zambroski Sandi Drkulec Pat and Nancy Dunn STANLEY J. GRANDY Fairview Township Supervisors Gloria Grandy First National Bank of Pennsylvania- North Region MARIANNE E. GRISWOLD Bonnie Foss Jane Babbitt Richard & Linda Graziani Marjorie Blass Lisa Hall Natalie Hall Chisholm Rich, Colleen, Erin, Katie, Matthew and James A. Currie, Jr. Jack Hendrzak Lois and George Gordon Carrie and Ed Hershberger Louise and Doug Hewitt June and Bob Hetz Lois S. Mayer Blanche & Ben Hill Elizabeth M. Miller Richard & Mary Holliday Susan VanCleve Riehl Mary C. Imboden Lillian L. Seifreit Ron and Linda Palombi family and friends organized the Third Annual Maggi Jairdullo Kathleen G. Spafford No-Tap Bowling Tournament in memory of their daughter, Lisa Palombi Bill and Jean Joseph Mollie A. King ROSE MAY GUZOWSKI Woodruff. Held on February 11 at Eastland Bowl, the tournament netted over Mark and Joyce Kulyk Bill & Judy Carlson $5,000 to benefit VNA Hospice Services of Erie County. At a luncheon held Frank & Laura Liebel Gene & Jeanne Conn in their honor, the Palombi Bowling Committee made their presentation to Mary Sue Mantarro Michele Earll VNA officials. In photo, front row, l to r: Darlene Spitzer, Jean Graziano, Julie Maren Linda Henson Gaby Morlett George & Columbia Vlahos Grace Watson. 2nd row: Mary Tighe, Linda Palombi, Ron Palombi, Carmel Rosemary & Joe Murphey Mary & Joe Winkler Campanelli. 3rd row: VNA Hospice Coordinator Susan MacDonald, RN, David O’Brien CHPN, Audrey Mrzowski, Lisa Woodruff’s son, John Woodruff Amy Rivituso JEAN HALLER and VNA Executive Director James Jaruszewicz. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rohrbach Mr. & Mrs. George Kolbacher Steven and Carrie Rudow Barbara Saheb Ray and Rose Sarney and Barbara Welson PAULINE JOHNSON Juliana Semple* Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Walker Lila J. Severin Monica M. Singer and Family RUTH KEELER Robyn F. Sippel John Abbate Frank and Joanne Smith Dolores M. Tully Allen & Laura Sondej Sharon Sullivan and Friends ESTHER KERR Richard & Maxine Szparaga Robert M. Nosko Lois Teufel J.T. Timon FRANCES KLEINER Pat & John Timon Anonymous Tom and Rita Timon Clarence Gilson & Sandra Gunesch Jim, Nicole & Kaci Wiater Beth Wisniewski WILLIAM K. KNAUSS Alice M. Wuenschel Marie Boice FRED LICHTENWALTER MARJORIE “PEGGY” KRILL Gannon University William E. Krill Mary Lichtenwalter Patrick Scoggin Family JEAN KUHN-WISE Turner Construction Company M. Joseph Kuhn & Kimberly S. Myers GRACE E. LOGAN ARTHUR N. KUNEMAN Jeanne Bender Robert A. Adams Marlene A. Sienkiewicz Doug and Adele Bethune VNA staff welcomed guests at the Family & Friends Picnic in July. The Rietter Family and Helen Lynde EMIL MICHAEL MAGDIK From left, Medical Social Worker Denise Iavarone and Rich & Harriet Mirilovich R.T. Dailey & Emily Dailey Clay Richard & Renee Mirilovich Home Health Aides Kathy Love and Linda Imler. MARY MAHER ALICE KUZMA Sam and Bill Bowen William & Helen Bonnett Nick & Chris Iwig ANNA B. HANSEN Ed and Janet Grunzel Mary V. Bowen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Palmer Nevada Swailes Jennie Hicks Sandra E. Brindle Sportsmen’s Athletic Club Lake Erie Enterprises Debbie & Dave Carter SAMUEL HARCOURT Dave and Karen Mead Kathleen J. Dandoy Mr. & Mrs. Duane Bush and Karl Michael Nesbella Family Kathryn E. Graves 2006 in Review Mr. & Mrs. Edward Koster Nancy M. Sauers, D.M.D. Norma Hanisek Mr. & Mrs. Keith Maxon Ralph and Charlotte Schultz Nancy S. Kershaw Laurie and Matt Nelson Audrey and A.J. Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Doug Lowry Allen & Barbara McCall Last year, VNA of Erie County THELMA HECKER MICHAEL HOFFMAN J.A. Miller provided: Eugene Hecker John and Sally Balkovic Linda J. Osterberg Matt Pipich & Kathy D’Aurora • 9,905 skilled nursing visits G. EUGENE HEIPLE DANE HOGAN Joe and Linda Pitts Alberta H. Heiple Robert & Nancy Dailey Vivian Rhoades • 7,273 therapy visits Larry & Marcia Russell • 1,141 home health aide visits MARIE HESBURN SCOTT HOVER Bob & Val Sisson Juanita Thompson Catherine I. Green & Family Larry Sisson • 9,496 Hospice visits Florence V. Sorenson Our clinicians drove over 260,000 DR. JACK HICKS EDWARD T. HUDY Dorthy E. Super George and Phyllis Chitester Marilyn Hudy Lois Teufel miles to serve 1,360 home care John and Joanne Cook & Family Dr. & Mrs. Robert H. Enterline ANTHONY IZBICKI MARY E. KUZMA and hospice patients. Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Glass Mary M. Temple Dr. & Mrs. Leonard J. Kuzma 5 FRED MANNA Mary E. Traczenski CASIMIR STASZEWSKI Julia Manna United Methodist Women First National Bank Rebecca A. Widdecombe Alice Kenton and Family GEORGE MCCALEB Beverly J. Widdowson JoAnn Stager Jill & Dane Charlton Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Widdowson RAY STEINBAUGH CLARA MCCRACKEN Stella R. Steinbaugh Mr. & Mrs. Don Wonderly JANET RICE Joyce A. Sayers RUDOLPH STIFTINGER THOMAS MCFARLAND Peggy Baker Margaret McFarland NANCY RICHARDSON Louise Becker Doris Pierce Joan T. Collins BEATRICE MCNAMARA Wayne Pierce Bob and Anne Conroe Clinton G. Gerlach, Trustee Jack and Charlotte Daubert Colleen Hammon SHIRLEY RIEBEL Buddy & Rhonda Guerino Mr. & Mrs. Robert Knox Edwin Riebel Chris Moretti Family Brian D. Lake Sheryl Sanctis Jeanne and Larry Loehrke RALPH E. RIEHL, JR. Joseph and Barbara Schmidt John, Charlene, John, Jr., Dr. & Mrs. William Val & Pat Wingrove Chris and Patricia Roth Makarowski Jerome J. Swabb JEANINE STRAESSLEY Frank and Betsy Ulf JON ROTHSTEIN Winners of the VNA Staff Chili Cook Off William J. Straessley John and Cathy Vincent Linda Rothstein held in March were First Place, Medical HELEN SULEWSKI WILLIAM JAMES MESTER EDWIN ROWAND Social Worker Sam Harakal, LSW, with Marjorie J. Hill Richard A. Mester Mike and Lynne Bailey Second Place honors going to Hospice Sue and Bob Bajoras Nurse Carrie Wyten, RN, MSN, CHPN. ROBERT J. SUMMERS CHESTER MICKEL Larry and Chris Bell Gloria N. Summers Stella R. Steinbaugh Thomas R. Biebel Tom and Kim Byerly MARGARET “PEGGY” TARR ROBERT MICKEL Richard & Ann Cavallero NANCY SERENE Ottilie Glazier Stella R. Steinbaugh Don and Carol Climpson Larry Serene & Sons Al and Joan Nathal Madeline R. Corwin DOROTHY MILLIREN Alice F. Cost CECELIA SERENO LAWRENCE E. THOMPSON, SR Thomas Milliren Marcie and Tom Davis Family o f Ceil Sereno Juanita Thompson Steve and Julie Davis Peggy Johnson Shoskin FRANCES MONIEWSKI Gary and Lynn Delio PAULINE TOME Emma Fearn Mike and Lisa Filipski ROBERT SHARPLES, SR. Samuel E. Tome Joseph & Diane Formanski Justine E. Sharples DENNIS MOONEY Robert E. Freaney, Ret. CONRAD TRUITT David and June Arneman Evelyn Garofalo THOMAS SHARPLES Grace B. Truitt Linda A. Baacke Hamot Medical Center Justine E. Sharples Michael Blessel Nursing Supervisors KEITH TURNER Dorothy Brooks Dick and Pat Hitchcock JANE SITLER David & Karen Nelson Kathleen & Paul Carr John J. Hromyak Robert Sitler Susan Cuffin Mark and Sandy Jordano FREDA WALKER D.G. & J.A. Diehl David and Mary Kay Kalivoda WALTER SMITH William & Robin Bessire Grant D. Duffield Evelyn Lynch Kiehlmeier Joe & Denise Ceresa Bob & Luella Cochran Jeffery Feld Joseph A. Kiehlmeier Erie County Dept. of Human Services Steve & Jane Hetz Joyce Foht Mary Ann Kiehlmeier Helen A. Kowalski Lake County Law Library Teri Forner Ed and Dee Korytowski Mary D. Pfadt Kay & Ed Redmond Thelma C. Gunter Jeannie and Keith Kruger Henry L. Schultz, Jr. Ya-Fei Hsu Louise M. Lang Laure Smith EMMA WALTERS LeRoy & Roberta Lawrence Randy and Stacey Lorei Helen L. Snyder PHB, Inc. Rosemarie MacLauchlan RAYMOND STADLER Helen Poker Mary C. McCarthy “The Condo” BILL WEAVER Pat & Al Redding & Family Patty and Tom McClintock Susan DaLoise MEC Gift Fund David J. Rocco Mr. & Mrs. John McSweeney Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Dept. Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Tanner Millie and John Molitoriss Marge and Jim Kashak HERBERT WERTZ Paul & Peggy Taylor Thomas Motsch Thomas and Robin Nagy Marilyn Wertz Agnes G. Trott Catherine K. Owens Joan Sanner Jean and Bill Press Smith Meters, Don Stadler Co-Workers R. BENJAMIN WILEY JOAN (DOROTHY) PORTER MORTON Janet Gruber and John Saraceno Rosemary Stadler Greater Erie Community Action Marilyn B. Bush John and Marty Schell Committee John & Sue Guianen Robert Sornberger A.G. and Mary Patricia Neubert Mike, Mary, Michael Sparks & JAMES WILKINSON Wendy* and Chuck Weber Marge Dennen Darleen Wilkinson St. Vincent Health Center GEORGE M. MUTCH Labor & Delivery BETTY WILLOVER Joyce A. Sayers Ann Rae Suwak Judy Brown Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Vorp Kay Carringer LILLIAN NAVECKY Larry Wood Mr. & Mrs. Bill Harvey Allan, Diane and Allan Navecky Elizabeth D. Wurzer Mr. & Mrs. John Kleiner Patti Leipheimer WILLIAM O’LONE SHARON ANN ROWE Loomis Co. Employees Dennis & Lora O’Lone Local 2374 Pamela Nemenz Maryann Piscitelli MARCIA PIEPER REGINA ROZANSKI Process and Data Automation, Inc. William & Robin Bessire Richard Rozanski School District of the City of Erie, PA Kathryn Bible Dennis and Victoria Smith Marilyn Davis & Jerry Cochran WILLIAM RUSSELL Norma Weber Ralph & Genoveva Cochran Ruth E. Russell Susan T. Zimmerman Erie Bearings Co. Employees ERIEZ Manufacturing ANTHONY H. SAMOL DIANE WOCHNER Mary Lou Lacek & Neil Aldin Anthony M. Samol Mary Bensur Harriet Lapp Robert and Susan Lara WILLIAM SAYERS J. RUSSELL WRIGHT Barbara Litz Joyce A. Sayers Judy and Bill Bentley Jeanne M. Pacansky Executive Director Jim Jaruszewicz Liberty Electronics, Inc. Beverley I. Phillips DONALD SCHMITT Bryan, Dawn, & Ian Rawa Pieper Family Mary Conway presented the “Champion’s Award” Loretta M. Rawa Joanna L. Scalzo to Mark Moya for his winning series Spectrum Control Employees Florence V. Sorenson RICHARD SEACHRIST at the Third Annual No-Tap Bowling Mr. & Mrs. James Weber Mike & Roberta Starks Vincent & Christina Cannata Tournament in February. Mark is the Jeanine Timon Family JUDY ZIPP son of VNA Quality Improvement Lisa* & Ramon Watkins 6 nurse Barbara Moya, RN. Marge Dunham Volunteers Needed MEMBERSHIP GIFTS In memory of Howard Dunham Winifred M. Eakin In memory of Glenn E. Eakin Do you have office skills? Can you type, file, January 1 – June 30, 2007 Dr. & Mrs. John J. Eckberg use a computer, copier and fax? Are you familiar with Jeanette Edinger Julie and Bill Adair Helen Faller word processing programs such as MS Word or Raychel L. Adiutori Dorothy Floros In memory of Julio Valerio In memory of William G. Floros Corel WordPerfect? Are you interested in volunteering Joanne Ainsworth Jack L. Fox some time in the VNA office? You don’t need to have Irene G. Allison In memory of Marybelle Fox Mary W. Ames Robert P. Frenzel all of these skills, but if you’ve always wanted to do In memory of Robert H. Ames Janet Frontino Mary H. Andrews In memory of James Frontino something for VNA or VNA Hospice, this may be just In memory of Lewis Andrews Eleanor Fuhrer right for you. Please call Jean Kennedy Keck at George Aulenbacher In memory of Sharon Gardner William R. Austin Dr. William P. Garvey 454-2831 for details and further information. In memory of Harriet Austin In memory of Kathryn Barber Sara A. Barrett Rose M. George In memory of Urban S. Barrett In memory of Pondy George Marion Bartnik Carol Gettinger Mr. & Mrs. John Kotyuk In memory of Mary L. Bartnik Sandy & Rick Gnacinski M. Joseph Kuhn & Kimberly S. Myers Peter & Mary Bates In memory of Ruth & Ray Glaspell CONTRIBUTIONS Betty R. Kulyk LeRoy Lewis Helen R. Bauer Mildred and Louis Beck In memory of Stanley Gnacinski Unrestricted Gifts to the VNA Beverly Lewis-Carpin In memory of Beverly Beck January 1 – June 30, 2007 Wayne Lillie Mr. & Mrs. Victor Lutsch Fischberg Florence K. Major Sue A. Beck, Esq. Donald Adams Joseph Biggie Julia Manna Anonymous In memory of Kathleen McShea Jane Babbitt Susan Biggie Sandra Menzel Jacqueline A. Baker Petrocco Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc. Adam Barscz Wilma J. Blum Jean Belle Mertens Mildred and Louis Beck In memory of Mary M. Moon Sue A. Beck, Esq. Burton Blum National Fuel Gas Company Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Robert Brabender Evelyn Boleratz Edmund A. Nowicki Joseph Cherico Gertrude Bonini Helen Orlemanski Richard Chromik Howard & Rose Bovee William P. Palmer Church of the Cross Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lisa Marie Palombi Woodruff Memorial Diane Coffman Brabender Bowling Tournament Lyman & Marylin Cohen William Brandon Jennie Pazdziesz Raquel Cross Lillian Briody Penn State Cooperative Extension Josephine H. Czajka In memory of The Perry Family William Devlin Charles Briody Frank Pruveadenti Thomas A. Drake Mr. & Mrs. Richard Edna Rennie Robert P. Frenzel Brooks Mr. & Mrs. Wesley L. Reynolds Catherine & John Gallagher In memory of Sonya Robison GE Elfun Project Dolores Brandon Sacred Heart Golden Hearts GE Foundation Sidney Brown Lori L. Sala* VNA Hospice nurses convene at a weekly Antonio I. German, MD* In memory of Domenic & Sandra Sette Chet Giermak Justine E. Sharples Judy Brown Hospice Team meeting: left to right, Betty Wadeck, Beverly Gittrich Mr. & Mrs. Paul D. RN, and Beth Terrella, RN. M. Anne Shenk* Michael J. Gormley Brugger Kathleen A. Slubowski Dorothy D. Griswold Tim & Laurie Brugger Frances Stiftinger Marianne E. Griswold Alphonse Buffalari William J. Straessley Lilly Goldstein Nina Grumblatt In memory of Concetta Buffalari Jane Taylor In memory of my family lost Elnora S. Hanson Clara Butkowski Juanita Thompson in the Holocaust in 1944 Emme W. Hawn In memory of Henry Butkowski Cindy Toland Elaine Grettler L. Joyce Heinzelman Charles H. Campagne Joseph F. Villella Mary Alice Hammond Geraldine (Jane) Hilbrich Remle H. Cann Geraldine Wakeley In memory of Therese Pier Fred Housman In memory of Edna & Elmer Hess Waterford Lioness Club Elnora S. Hanson David Hume Frances Casey Woman’s Club of Erie In memory of Leroy O. Hanson Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Kern In memory of Thomas Casey Helen Zawistowski Maxine Harvey Charles Catalde Richard & Patricia Heasley In memory of Julia Catalde In memory of John & Mildred Barber Donald Chaffee Eugene Hecker Richard Chromik In memory of Thelma Hecker In memory of Regina Chromik Dorothy E. Heintz Raymond Cicero In memory of the In memory of Pearl Cicero Heintz & Wozniak Families Lyman & Marylin Cohen L. Joyce Heinzelman Congregation of the Divine Spirit Irene Henderson Linda S. Cook Howard H. Hennell In memory of Marjorie Shaffer Dorothea Higgins Carolyn M. Crawford In memory of Joanne Whitehill Smith In memory of Katrina Woodworth David Hume Tad David Culver In memory of Shirley Hume In memory of Marilyn Mae Culver Orienta Iesue Rr. Adm. Charles Curtze, Ret. In memory of Joseph Iesue Herta Danowski Mary C. Imboden Kenneth D. Darr Frances Johnson In memory of C. Virginia Darr In memory of Meredith S. Johnson Aris Davis Karen Johnson Janice Davis In memory of Brenda Johnson, In memory of Donald Davis Steven Johnson, David Johnson & Donald R. DeNardo David W. Johnson, Sr. In memory of the Deceased Members Jane Joslin of the DeNardo & Belinski Families In memory of Francis Joslin Mr. & Mrs. James DeSantis Elena R. Kardos In memory of Lillian DeSantis In honor of VNA Help Our Home Health Aides proudly wear new VNA logo shirts. LaWanda Dominik Henry Katzwinkel Seated are Kathy Love and Loretta Swanson. Standing left to right In memory of Dimitri T. Dominik Herb & Dave Kern are: Judy Price, Carol Albertson, Linda Imler and Sue Barton. Stanley Donikowski In memory of Sally Kern In memory of Robert B. Davis Mary Alice Kern 7 Mr. & Mrs. John Pace Roger Mushrush & Rogena Zelinski William P. Palmer Dan & Mary Ann Tempestini In memory of Sandra Tressler In memory of Joseph Barabas, Jr. Mary Papanikos Juanita Thompson Jennie Pazdziesz In memory of Marie Hesburn & Robert Peterson Lawrence E. Thompson, Sr. Gary Popson Janice A. Totleben Edward Pryber John & Yvonne Trettel In memory of Ann Marie Pryber Mr. & Mrs. Norman G. Troyer Kenneth L. Pyle Grace B. Truitt In memory of Nancy A. Pyle In memory of Conrad Truitt Margaret Reed Audrey W. Twiss In honor of VNA Help In memory of Pearl Welther Joe & Carol Restifo Charles Ventrello Robert P. Rhodes, PhD* Clara Waskiewicz Christine Rice In memory of Walter Waskiewicz In memory of Frances Keith Mildred Weber Laura J. Richardson In memory of James Weber In memory of Rebecca Richardson Wendy* and Chuck Weber Mr. & Mrs. Edward C. Rogala Barbara Wenner Molly Rogowski In memory of Walter White In memory of Richard Rogowski Doris & Bernard A. Wheaton Richard Rozanski In memory of the McGrath Family In memory of Regina Rozanski Clair & Bernice Whippo Patrice M. Rushe, RN* Robert Wingerter Matthew S. Rutkowski In memory of Anne C. Wingerter In honor of Anna Rutkowski Joan Wohlgemuth Shirley & Harold Sack Paul K. Wojcik* In memory of Harold “Kip” Sack Susan Zanco VNA Volunteers enjoyed the Friends & Family picnic. Left to right, Lori L. Sala* In memory of Ida Schneider Pearlie Spicer, Lenore Mulcahy, Luetta Gross and Aldene Olson. Joyce A. Sayers Robert* & Winnie Zanotti In memory of George M. Mutch, Janet Rice & William Sayers Paul Knickerbocker In memory of Edmund W. Mehler Janet Schlabach Susie Knupp Mr. & Mrs. Richard Menosky In memory of Gen Albertson In memory of John William Knupp Sandra Menzel Norman Schwab Marietta B. Knuth Merck Partnership for Giving In memory of Caroline Schwab Debra J. Kubinski, PhD* Merle Wood Funeral Home Domenic & Sandra Sette Mark J. Kuhar, Esq.* Jean Belle Mertens In memory of Dorothy Notarione Martha E. Lamb In memory o fJohn Robert Mertens Geraldine B. Shafer In memory of Lewis L. Lamb Richard A. Mester In memory of John Shafer J. Robert Lee In memory of William James Mester Justine E. Sharples In memory of Irma Lee A.J. Miceli In memory of Robert Sharples, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Donald S. Leslie, Jr. In memory of Joanna Stapleton Anne Shenk* Howard & Jane Levin Wilma E. Miller Lois Shreve Mary S. Lincoln* In memory of Raymond Miller In memory of Russell Shreve Viola Lintelman Mary M. Moon Charles Smisko In memory of Edith H. Cooney Jean Moore In memory of Gladys Smisko Margaret Loeb In memory of Lloyd t. Moore, Jr. Ruth M. Smith Marjorie Long Frances Mozdy In memory of Edward A. Smith Audrey Loomis In memory of Leo Mozdy Nancy & Arnold Smrcka Richard Lubiejewski Gordon Sr., Allan, Kathleen G. Spafford Mr. & Mrs. Victor Lutsch Darlene & Nancy Navecky James A. Steber* Joan Mainzer In memory of Lillian Navecky David & Cynthia Steinhoff Florence McFadden Agnes Olesky & Family William J. Straessley Mary Kathryn Mehler In memory of Edward Olesky In memory of Jeanine Straessley Thomas Strawbridge Hamilton Strayer Adele Thompson enjoyed a Mary Lu Sturm In memory of Ralph Sturm close encounter with a monarch Heidi F. Sullivan* butterfly at Wings of Hope, the Gloria N. Summers 3rd Annual Memorial Butterfly In memory of Robert J. Summers Release to benefit VNA Sue Sutto Dr. & Mrs. Leo J. Swantek, Jr. Hospice on August 5. In memory of Our Parents Jane Taylor In memory of Frederick Taylor John R. & Ruth Teeple In memory of David Mushrush, Matching Your Gift tching Your Matc Gifts to the VNA of Erie County are matched by many corporations, locally and nationwide, including GE*. If your employer (or former employer if you are retired) has a Matching Gifts Program, please send us the completed form, available through your VNA Rehabilitation therapists gathered for a group photo in new company’s human resources/administration office. VNA logo shirts. Seated left to right are Physical Therapists Joe For more information, please call VNA Development Przybycien, Jill Henry and Tracy Swiderski. Standing (same order) Office at 454-2831. are: Occupational Therapists Robert Cooney and Lynn Rockwell- Christoph; Phyical Therapists Beth Weindorf and Gary Gross; *GE employees or retirees, call 800-305-0669 to have Rehab Coordinator Sue Colvin. your gift to VNA matched by a company contribution. 8 Lifetime Members Trust Income Jacqueline A. Baker January 1 – June 30, 2007 Wishing... Constance Brereton Suzanne E. Britton William M. & Frances G. Schuster Fund of the Erie Community Foundation We often hear VNA Winola Dahle Dr. & Mrs. George J. D’Angelo Louise K. Wells Trust of the Erie Community Foundation friends say, “I only wish Susan H. Hagen I could make a large gift Betty R. Kulyk J. Edward May Estate Gifts to VNA because of all Lisa M. Meeder-Turnbull Mrs. Douglas B. Nagle, Jr. January 1 – June 30, 2007 the wonderful care that Lane Nelson* David M.* & Janet O’Dessa Agnes V. Bauer I and my family have Robert P. *& Caroline Rhodes Betty D. Rose received.” Sometimes we Juliana Semple * James A. Steber * Charitable Gift hear, “If I ever win the Nancy Frank Baldwin Sturtevant Janice Underhill Annuities lottery, VNA will get a big Stephen Ventrello * January 1 – June 30, 2007 ‘chunk’!” We know that people Robert J. * & Winnie Zanotti Paul E. Zarenko Paul E. Zarenko like these generous folks are thinking of VNA with each gift they Tree of Memories Wings of Hope, make, and we are most grateful for those Donors Butterfly Release thoughts and gifts. January 1 – June 30, 2007 January 1 – June 30, 2007 If you think you would like to make a “bigger” gift to Mr. & Mrs. Marco M. Alberico Jim and Kim Ragen Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home, Inc. (Sponsor) VNA, you might consider naming VNA as a beneficiary Charles & Marion Smith Erie Diocesan Cemeteries (Sponsor) in your will or other estate plan. It’s a simple process. Just K. Loring Sumner James Mullen & Family Jean Tell contact your financial advisor or attorney and indicate Tree of Memories that you want to assign a specific amount, or a percentage, Co-Marketing to the Visiting Nurse Association of Erie County, located Sponsors January 1 – June 30, 2007 Sponsors at 1305 Peach Street, Erie, PA 16501. Action Printing & Business Forms, Inc. January 1 – June 30, 2007 Please let us know of the charitable intent in your Bel-Aire Clarion Hotel & Conference Center BNY Mellon Wealth Management estate plan. We will enroll you in our Heritage Guild National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc. and thank you for being a very special member of Brugger Home for Funerals Dial Realty, Inc. the VNA family. Contact Mary Temple, VNA Director Endowment Donors Knox, McLaughlin, Gornall & Sennett, P.C. of Development, at 454-2831 for more information. January 1 – June 30, 2007 Evelyn Coleman *Member, VNA Board of Trustees Timothy & Andrea Hardner Friends & Family Picnic Family July 10, 2007 Attending the Agency picnic in Madison Schaeffer liked Custodian Phil Temple helped with grill honors Griswold Park were board member the balloons at the VNA’s at the Friends & Family picnic. Karen Thomas and her son, Amani. Friends & Family picnic. 9 Annual Meeting VNA Hospice nurse Betty Wadeck reunited with Mrs. Grace Truitt whose late husband was a VNA Hospice patient. Quality Improvement nurse Sue Quinn, RN, BSN, (left) and Home Care Team Liaison Sandy Hoisington received awards for achieving the distinction of serving VNA for fifteen years. Help Desk Technician Sandy Starkweather received the Agency’s 25-year award for employee service. Receiving 10-year service awards were (left to right): Home Care Team Liaison Betty Filley, Director of Development Mary Temple, CFRE, and Home Health Aide Carol Albertson, CNA. Executive Director Jim Jaruszewicz presented a 10-year employee service award to VNA Director of Clinical Achieving the five-year service award were (left to Services Christine right): Rehabilitation Coordinator Sue Colvin, PT; O’Brien, RN, BSN. Medical Social Worker, Sam Harakal, LSW; and Quality Improvement Nurse Lenora Harris, RN. Retired VNA Volunteer Paul Knickerbocker shared memories with Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Counselor Jean Kennedy May 8, 2007 Keck, LPC, NCC. 10 VNA Volunteers Luetta 3rd Annual Gross (left) and Evelyn Coleman shared an umbrella and registration Wings 0f Hope duties. Butterfly Release Ben, grandson of Juliana Semple — member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Adrianna Mattocks tenderly Butterfly Release — thrilled in held a monarch butterfly the beauty of the monarchs and for a brief moment. butterfly bushes. Hundreds joined VNA Hospice in remembering loved ones and August 5, releasing 500 monarch butterflies in Griswold Park. 2007 Help is Just the Press of a Button Away VNA of Erie County is pleased to provide members of Erie County’s senior and physically challenged community with America’s most trusted medical alert service. For more than 30 years, Lifeline has enabled millions of people to live with greater independence, peace of mind and dignity in the place they feel most comfortable-their own homes. Because the Lifeline service also helps family caregivers to balance the needs of their loved ones with the demands of their own busy lives, Lifeline is of immense benefit to them as well. If you have any questions, would like to talk about your particular needs, or are ready to begin service, we welcome your call at 800-543-3546 ext. 2815. Please Mention Program Code PA774. Use the coupon below for free installation. Coupon expires December 31, 2007 Available at participating programs only. Not to be combined with any other offer. Applicable tax may be applied. Monthly service and shipping and handling fees apply. Minimum stay on service may be required. 19M PA 774 11 NON-PROFIT ORG US POSTAGE PAID ERIE PA PERMIT #678 ~ Upcoming Events ~ Horse-Drawn Hayride & Scarecrow Festival VNA Home Health Aide October 6, 8, 13, 20 & 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kathy Love helped at Partial proceeds benefit VNA Hospice Wings of Hope registration table and was rewarded More information at www.thundervalleystables.net with a real “butterfly kiss.” or 814-476-1322 Bowl for VNA Hospice Lisa Marie Palombi Woodruff Memorial No Tap Tournament Sunday, October 28, noon Eastland Bowl, 38th & McClelland Contact Ron Palombi, Sr. at 455-0535 for details Annual VNA Hospice Memorial Service Sunday, November 4, 1:30 p.m. Elmwood Presbyterian Church, for families of patients who have Pat Fronzaglia (left) and died during the past year Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Counselor “Grief in the Holidays,” Jean Kennedy Keck shared a special moment with a presentation monarch on August 5. Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. Elmwood Presbyterian Church, to help deal with the holidays after the loss of a loved one. Call VNA office, 814-454-2831 for details. VNA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings Friday, November 9, 5 – 9 p.m. Interchange Road Call 454-2831 for details. Visit us online at www.erievna.org Annual VNA Hospice Tree of Memories You’ll find helpful information about VNA home health and to benefit VNA Hospice hospice services, including palliative care, rehab therapies and November 16 through December 31 Lifeline personal response system. You can learn about VNA’s Information will be mailed in November. 100+ years of serving the Erie community, explore VNA career and volunteer opportunities, link to dozens of health-related For details on any of these events, websites, or make on-line contributions to support the caring call the VNA, 814-454-2831. mission of VNA of Erie County.
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