Community Newsletter - Autumn 2020
From the Desk of Julie
I am filled with pride when I think about this organization and the people who make it such a special place to work and receive care. Their passion and dedication made all the difference when we were suddenly faced with the reality of a pandemic.
 
One of our top priorities as a health care organization is to focus on emergency preparedness. In the event of an emergency, we still need to be there to care for our patients, and this pandemic certainly tested and proved our readiness to respond. Technology investments in recent years were instrumental in helping us shift to working remotely and staying connected to each other and our community. We didn't skip a beat and this team went above and beyond during a very stressful time.
 
As a mission driven, nonprofit organization, we care deeply about our work and well-being of our local communities. So much so, that we've grown tremendously over the past decade to be able to provide the best in home health services for you and your loved ones. Our growth and commitment to excellence has earned us recognition as the NH Health Care Business of the Decade. A significant accomplishment in our organization's 107 year history.
 
To our staff, volunteers, patients, donors, businesses, foundations and friends. Thank you for being a special part of Cornerstone VNA as we navigate through challenges and changes. As always, we are here for you through every season of your life!
 
Stay well,

Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO
Drive-Through Flu Clinic September 30
We are hosting a Public Drive-Through Flu Clinic on September 30 from 10am-12pm in the Cornerstone VNA parking lot at 178 Farmington Rd, Rochester NH. It is the easiest way to get a flu shot this year! All are welcome!
Join Us for the Virtual Seacoast Half Marathon
Cornerstone VNA is proud to be the beneficiary of the 2020 Seacoast Half Marathon! Please help share this great news and visit the Seacoast Half Marathon for more information!

As a virtual event, we have some great race options - there's something for everyone!

  • Run/Walk a 5k, Quarter Marathon or Half Marathon
  • Pick your day between October 31 - November 8
  • Run anywhere. Run for good!
Resources - Support - Community
Vet to Vet Virtual Café **NEW**
Cornerstone VNA is now hosting a monthly Vet to Vet Café. All veterans are welcomed to meet up and simply listen, share their stories or just enjoy their coffee.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our cafés will be virtual until further notice. Our next virtual café is on Tuesday, October 20 at 10:30 am. Email Ann Vennard or call 603-994-6941 for the link to join.

Cornerstone VNA is proud to be a We Honor Veterans Level 4 Partner.
Virtual Caregiver Café
“Fill your mug with your favorite brew, and fill your heart with something new."

Due to COVID-19, our monthly caregiver cafés continue to be virtual! Join us on-line and touch base with our team and other family caregivers. We will often invite special guests to cover topics of interest to provide support and encouragement to you during these challenging times. Email Ann Vennard or call 603-994-6941 for the link to join.

The next virtual Caregiver Café is Wednesday, October 28 from 10:30 am - 11:30 am.
Our latest edition of the Caregiver Connection newsletter just came out. It is filled with caregiver resources and helpful tips. If you are a family caregiver and would like to be added to our distribution list please visit our Family Caregiver web page and fill out our email form.
In The News...
Program Spotlight - Palliative Care
Welcome Dr. Kunkemueller - Palliative Care Medical Director
“The Palliative Care Medical Director is a new position within our growing Palliative Care Department,” explains Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO of Cornerstone VNA. “We are so pleased to have a physician joining our Palliative Care team, especially Dr. Kunkemueller, who is returning to Cornerstone VNA and eager to help us expand this important program.”
Christine Dumont - Palliative Care Manager
We are delighted that Christine Dumont, NP, MSN, APRN, has assumed the role of Manager of the Palliative Care program.

“I was very happy to have joined Cornerstone VNA as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner last year, and now I’m excited to have transitioned into a management position where I can oversee the continued growth and success of the Palliative Care program.” 
About Palliative Care
Palliative Care is specialized medical care that addresses the pain and anxiety of a complex illness, especially for patients living with Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cancer, or other chronic illnesses that can cause distressing symptoms.

Recognizing the importance of providing this specialized care for our patients, we launched our Palliative Care program in 2014. Thanks to the program's growth and success, our team now includes Palliative Care Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, Nurse Practitioners, Christine Dumont, Kathy Boyd, and Hayley Bustos, Certified Palliative Care RNs, Mitch Maihiot and Allie Moriarty, and Office Support Nurse, Deb Doyon.

We have developed a strong reputation among our referral partners, who see the value of the program, and appreciate our team’s level of expertise and their collective efforts to provide high quality patient-centered care. We are looking forward to providing Palliative Care specialty inpatient consults at Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital starting this fall.
Palliative Care Provider Spotlight
Hayley Bustos, RN, FNP-C, ACHPN
Kathy Boyd, RN, MSN, FNP-BC
Welcome New Hospice Director
Welcome to our new Hospice Care Director, Tamara “Tammy” Crooks-Faulkingham, RN, BSN. Tammy began her career in health care working as a nursing assistant when she was just 16 years old. Tammy shares, “From a very young age, I really enjoyed caring for people, and that passion for helping others has carried me through my entire career.”
NH Business of the Decade - Health Care
Join Our Award-Winning Team
You could be the perfect fit! Explore opportunities to make a positive difference as a member of our award-winning team.
Support Cornerstone VNA
Donations to Cornerstone VNA help us continue providing access to care for those in need and further support innovate programs and services for people of all ages from birth through end of life.
Awards and Recognition
Home Care. Hospice Care. Palliative Care. Life Care - Private Duty. Community Care.
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