Retired nurses help vaccinate homebound neighbors
In honor of National Nurses Week, VVCC celebrates the efforts of its dedicated team of volunteer nurses who reassured neighbors isolated during the pandemic and then helped them get vaccinated. VVCC Board Member Mary Jane Thompson, (2nd left) recently hosted a luncheon to recognize their efforts.
"The team started one year ago making phone calls to see if neighbors were okay, if they were scared, and if they were in need of food or medications," she said. "In one week the nurses called 900 neighbors. Many of the nurses kept their lists and continued phone calling throughout the year to make sure neighbors were still doing alright."
The nurses also volunteered to call neighbors to see if they needed help getting vaccinated. Some of them even helped with the in-home vaccinations.
"Our nurse volunteers dedicated their many years of expertise to ensure our homebound elderly throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley are safely vaccinated," said Executive Director Kent Ellsworth.
He adds over 400 homebound elderly are now vaccinated. "The courage of the nurses and in-home vaccination teams to take action has given piece of mind to our neighbors and their families. Kudos to their exemplary spirit of caring!"
Volunteer vaccination team members are: Richard Adams, Laura Bambush, Kathy Fischer, Paul Hanson, Liz Hardgrove, Guy Lamunyon RN, Penny Mathieu, Betty Morgan, Helen Paravano, Bruce Peek MD, Donna Ruhe, Spencer Schrandt, Pam Schumacher, Jan Stilkey, Mary Jane Thompson, Marilyn Warren, Joanne Adams, Rita Harding, Nancy True.