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.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northwest Indiana (VNA) is kicking off its annual Christmas for the Elderly program. Each contribution to this wonderful program helps the VNA meet the basic needs of senior citizens in the community, enabling them to remain safe and independent in their own homes even as they struggle with chronic illness, disability, isolation, and poverty.
Before the VNA Christmas for the Elderly program began, VNA nurses and aides were often frustrated by the poverty some of their patients faced on a daily basis. Needs either went unmet or were filled by staff from their own pocket. The VNA Christmas for the Elderly program provides an avenue for staff to request assistance to help improve their patients’ health, safety and overall quality of life.
The program has raised more than $750,000 since the program began in 1988 in cooperation with The Times. While the spotlight is on the program during the holiday season, VNA Christmas for the Elderly provides assistance to those in need throughout the year as the needs of qualifying seniors are made known.
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On Saturday, September 17th, nearly 400 cyclists from all over the Midwest took to the roads through Porter County, LaPorte County and into Michigan to participate in Lorie’s Lakeside Century, raising more than $15,000 in support of the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA).
Lorie’s Lakeside Century is named in memory of Lorie Kirkley, a cardiac rehabilitation nurse at Porter and an avid cyclist who lost her life to a violent crime in 1999. Proceeds from the ride benefit the programs and services of the VNA in Lorie’s memory.
Riders raising $100 or more in support of their ride were able to have a memorial sign in honor of a loved one placed along the route. Rider Mandy LaFever raised over $1,100 in memory of her grandfather, Bill LaFever. “The VNA took such good care of my grandpa. He just passed away about 2 weeks ago. We miss him so much and wanted to do something to thank the VNA for helping him and our family,” said LaFever.
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