Community Visiting Nurse Association celebrated the agency’s 68th Annual meeting on May 10, 2016, at the Bridgewater Manor. The theme for the Annual Meeting was “Bringing Care Home to You,” and the day marked a milestone celebration of Community Care Hospice’s 25th Anniversary. The event was attended by more than 140 people. Members of staff, board of trustees, friends, community partners and supporters gathered to celebrate the many successful accomplishments made throughout 2015. The keynote speaker was widely acclaimed health care humorist, David Glickman, who entertained the audience with his talent, wit, humor and unique insights.
The occasion was highlighted by the presentation of Community VNA’s 10 Annual Caroline E. Krajewski Manney Nursing Scholarship Awards. The scholarship was developed in memory of Caroline Krajewski Manney, director of Community VNA from 1969 to 1985. Ms. Manney was a true visionary, recognizing the importance of home care and community-based services in promoting the health of 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.
This year’s scholarship recipients are Adrienne Green of Basking Ridge, NJ, and Fernanda Altamirano of North Plainfield, NJ. Alyce Brophy, President and CEO of CVNA, noted, “Both Adrienne and Fernanda embody 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. Green, a student at Raritan Valley Community College who is pursuing an AAS-RN degree, commented, “I want to dedicate my life to helping and caring for children and their families. I didn’t choose nursing, nursing chose me. I was born to become a nurse.”
Ms. Altamirano, a student at Bloomfield College who is pursuing an RN-BSN degree, stated, “I want to become a nurse so I can care for people and do for them what they cannot do for themselves. I want to advocate for them and be their voices as well as educate them to help stay healthy.”
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 Joe Hardgrove, a nurse from Fanwood, NJ, whose dedication, kindness, compassion and professional skills are highly recognized and admired by his colleagues and patients. “Joe is passionate about his nursing career and provides excellent patient care with a warm caring touch and always a smile,” stated Ms. Brophy.
Lenny Laich, Community VNA’s Board President, assisted in the presentation of the award. Staff members were also recognized for their service anniversaries during the celebration.