Community Visiting Nurse Association celebrated the agency’s 67th Annual Meeting on May 12, 2015, at the Bridgewater Manor. The theme for the Annual Meeting was “Extending Our Mission,” and the event was attended by more than 140 people. Members of staff, Board of Trustees, friends, donors and supporters gathered to celebrate the many successful accomplishments made throughout 2014. The keynote speaker was Patty Wooten, a nurse-humorist and an industry icon whose laughter, wit and wisdom heal the hearts of audiences around the world.
The occasion was highlighted by the presentation of Community VNA’s ninth annual Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Award. This year’s scholarship recipients are Shannon Pilsbury of Warren, NJ, and Rosemarie Freschi of Raritan, NJ. The scholarship was developed in memory of Caroline Krajewski Manney, former Director of Community VNA from 1969 to 1985.
Alyce Brophy, President and CEO of CVNA, noted, “Both Rosemarie and Shannon exemplify the values of Caroline Krajewski Manney, the agency’s former director. They are passionate about learning, dedicated to making a difference and value the promotion of health and wellness in our community.”
Ms. Freschi, a student at Saint Peter’s University who is pursuing a BSN degree, commented, “I chose nursing because it is a career that allows me to become an influence in each patient’s life and provides me with the opportunity to make a difference.”
Ms. Pilsbury, a student at Stockton University also pursuing a BSN degree, stated, “My first day of nursing clinical I knew that I chose the right profession for me. That day I was beyond excited to put on my scrubs and for the first time I actually felt like a nurse. I realized that the skills I learned in my foundations class would be tasks that I perform every day for the rest of my life and I could not be happier about it”.
Ms. Manney was a true visionary, recognizing the importance of home care and community-based services in promoting the health of individuals and the community. The award is presented to an individual or individuals who reside in Somerset County, are pursuing a career in nursing and who demonstrate dedication to the field of nursing and community health. Helping to present the award was Carol Patterson, Associate Professor in Nursing, Raritan Valley Community College, and current CVNA board member.
The agency’s Marie G. Gemeroy Award, established to honor the organization’s first Director and her commitment to community health, is awarded annually to an individual(s) who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization and/or its clients.
This year, the award was presented to the staff at Community VNA’s new Warren County Office in recognition of its exceptional accomplishment and outstanding performance on the opening of a new branch office. “I offer a special thank you to the staff at Warren for their willingness, their commitment and their energy to help build a new office,” declared Alyce Brophy, President/CEO. “It was not an easy task, and they accomplished it with such professionalism, ensuring that the residents of Warren County received the care they needed.”
Lenny Laich, Chairman of Community VNA’s Board of Directors, assisted in the presentation of the award.
Staff members were also recognized for their service anniversaries during the celebration.
Community Visiting Nurse Association and its affiliates, Community VNS, Community Home Care and Community Care Hospice are non-profit home health and hospice providers serving Somerset and Middlesex counties since 1948 and Warren County since 2014. They are licensed by the State of New Jersey, certified by Medicare and Medicaid and accredited by Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Community VNA provides home health care, hospice care and community services.
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