Bennington Area Event

Memorial Service Hosted by Bennington VNA & Hospice

The Bennington Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, an office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, invites the community to attend a free memorial service on Sunday, December 11 at 3pm at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse on 108 School Street in Bennington. Through music, poetry, art and fellowship, this special ceremony, open to individuals of all ages and faith, will help pay tribute to loved ones that have passed away.  For questions about the service or to register, please call 802.442.5502

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Coping with the Holidays Workshop Offered in Bennington

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The Bennington Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, an office of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, will offer a free workshop to help individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one learn coping skills during the holiday season.

The workshop will be held on Monday, December 5 from 6-8pm and again on Thursday, December 8 from 2:30-4:30pm in the Rotary Room at the Bennington Free Library on Silver Street in Bennington. Led by Lucy Ijams, Chaplain and Elizabeth Fredland, LICSW from the Bennington VNA & Hospice, participants will learn suggestions for coping with loss and be provided with resources and information. Free materials are available for those who are unable to attend either date. To register for the workshop, please call 802.442.5502

“This workshop will provide individuals and families with the tools they may need to cope with loss this holiday season,” says Nicole Moran, MSN, BA, RN and director of the Hospice program. “Our caregivers, volunteers and staff care deeply for the families of our patients and this workshop is just one of the ways we can help them deal with grief and loss. “

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About the Hospice program of the VNAHSR

Under the direction of Allan Eisemann, MD, oncologist and Medical Director of VNAHSR, the staff provides a variety of services to patients and their families in both Rutland and Bennington County. A patient must be diagnosed with a terminal illness and admitted to the program by a physician. The attending physician continues to be involved in the patient’s care, and patients and family members work directly with nurses, social workers, chaplains, nurse aides and volunteers.

VNAHSR Recognition Dinner

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region celebrated its outstanding staff at a recent Employee Recognition Dinner recognizing all the employees from Rutland, Bennington and Dorset offices. Another successful year of caring for those who count on us in our communities.

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Kate Lawrence – VNAHSR Employee of the Year

Rounding out VNA week was the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) annual employee dinner. We’d like to take a moment to congratulate Kate Lawrence, MSN, RN, CWOCN, on being selected by agency staff as Employee of the Year! Kate has been involved with RAVEmployeed YrNAH services for nearly 20 years, and has been an employee of the agency for three. Currently VNAHSR is the only home health agency with a certified wound ostomy and continence care nurse serving Rutland and Bennington Counties. Congratulations, Kate!

BAVNAH Hospice Volunteer Training

Have you ever considered volunteering for a good cause? It takes very little time to make a positive impact in the life of someone in need. The Bennington Area VNA & Hospice (BAVNAH) will be holding a volunteer training course starting in March. This 9-week course will help teach you the ins and outs of volunteering your time with our hospice patients and their families. For more information about the program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Pleasant, at 442-5502.

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