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On May 1, 2013 Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice attended the 2013 Innovation Showcase and Star Awards presented by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts. Awards were given for Innovation in Operations & Cost Containment, Innovation in Patient Care, Innovation in Cross Continuum, Excellence in Staff Development and Excellence in Community Outreach.
Wendy Chieffo, Volunteer Coordinator, was nominated from Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice and received Honorable Mention for the Visiting Volunteer Program. Hospice Volunteers are crossed trained to provide support to seniors aging in place. Volunteers gain an understanding of issues the elderly face and learn healthy aging strategies. Volunteers are assigned to visit patients who are discharged from home health services to prevent relapse.
Pictured below Wendy Chieffo, Volunteer Coordinator (left) and Ellen Sparrow, LICSW, ACHP (right).
On April 24, 2013 Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice/Nashoba Associated Boards of Health held their annual meeting at St. Anthony of Padua Church Hall in Shirley, MA.
The event included multiple education tables for the employees to interact with in a Round Robin fashion. Tables at the event included Employee Benefits, Infection Control, Hospice, Body Mechanics & Low Level Laser Treatment (LLLT), OASIS and Outcomes, Hands on IV station, Medical Orders for Life- Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) and Written Information Security Program (WISP) and Confidentiality. A Medication management table was presented by Colin McNabb of McNabb Pharmacy in Townsend and Fitchburg State University junior nursing students presented Maternal Child Health, Post Partum Assessment, Newborn Assessment and Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Awards for years of service were given to James Garreffi and Ira Grossman for 25 years, Sally Hamel and Kathy Poulsen for 20 years (bottom picture), Bridgette Braley for 15 years, Janet A. Young, Renee Cook, Sharon Fata and Caryn Cote for 10 years, Jane Sullivan, Karen Bernhardt, Wendy Chieffo, Kalene Gendron, Christine Melvard, Nancy Green, Anne Beauvais, Alison Legault, Jessica Gorman and Wendy Lawrence for 5 years.
Thank you to Ansaphone, Byram Healthcare, Creative Print Products, HealthWyse, Moore Medical, Ricoh and W.B. Mason for the donated products. Also a special thanks to McNabb Pharmacy and Fitchburg State University for support of our agency mission.
It was a great day for recognition and a chance for employees to receive some education.
Shirley, MA April 17, 2013 — Karen Bernhardt, BSRN, MA, Administrator, Alison Legault, RN, Hospice Manager and Ellen Sparrow, LICSW, ACHP are proud to announce the agency received a deficiency-free survey by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The survey was held this past week in our Shirley office and consisted of a review of all facets of the operation including documentation review, observation of care and services provided, interviews and joint visits with staff, residents and families. Ms. Legault stated, "this is a great accomplishment and we are extremely proud of the entire staff for their hard work and dedication." The Agency has a history of excellence in the provision of care, however it is very rewarding when our quality of patient care and compassion are validated. Special thanks to all of our wonderful Home Care Aides and Hospice Volunteers.
Pictured from left to right in back row: Melissa Lord, RN, Dr. David Spiegelman, MD, Hospice Medical Director, Rene Anderson, Clergy, Ellen Sparrow, LICSW, ACHP, Karen Bernhardt, BSRN, MA, Administrator, Michael Cain, RN.
Pictured from left to right in front row: Emily Lemire, LICSW, Jane Matthews, RN, Alison Legault, RN, Hospice Manager and Wendy Chieffo, Volunteer Coordinator. Missing from the picture is Renee Cook, RN and Karen Campbell, Bereavement Coordinator.