CVNA Celebrates 69th Annual Meeting
Community Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) celebrated its 69th Annual Meeting at the Raritan Valley Country Club on May 9.  The theme for this year’s meeting was “Teamwork -- Together We Make a Difference,” and the event was attended by more than 130 people.  Local health care officials, community providers, members of the staff, Board of Trustees, friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the many successful accomplishments made throughout 2017.  The keynote speaker was national motivational speaker Glen Cavello, who enlightened the audience with his unique perspective on leadership, home care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

This year’s Marie Gemeroy Award, the highest honor this organization bestows upon someone who has gone above and beyond in their performance, support of the organization, or commitment to their patients, was presented to two individuals, Catherine McLaughlin, Home Health Aide Manager, and Patricia Mathews, Co-Patient Care Manager of our Warren County office.   

Ms. McLaughlin (center in the photo at left), of Long Valley, New Jersey, has been with the organization for 10 years.  “Her willingness to take on additional tasks, her funny, capable and compassionate nature helps to build relationships within and outside the agency and are her greatest strengths,” stated Alyce Brophy, President/CEO of Community VNA.  “She is a manager who didn’t give a second thought about stepping out of her role to fill the gap and do what was needed to be done, and that gained her this honor.”  

The second recipient, Ms. Mathews (center in photo on right), of Clinton, New Jersey, has been with the organization for 2 years.  Ms. Brophy commented, “She has the ability to adapt to whatever home care throws her way.  She has taken on a variety of assignments within the organization.  She is a talented, amazing young woman who loves nursing as well as supporting her teammates and the organization.”

Helping to present the awards to Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Mathews was Carol Patterson (shown at right in each photo), CVNA Board Chair.  Staff members who reached service milestones were also recognized for their service anniversaries during the celebration.

Community Visiting Nurse Association and its affiliates, Community VNA, Community Home Care and Community Care Hospice, are non-profit home health and hospice providers serving Middlesex and Somerset 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 the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).  Community VNA provides home health care, hospice care and community care services.

For more information or to request services, visit the Community VNA website at www.communityvna.org or call 908-725-9355.