Following a thorough review of records, processes, policies and patients, the State of Indiana's hospice surveyor notified Deaconess VNA Plus officials that the Agency has received a Deficiency-Free rating on its most recent survey. In a message to staff, management noted, "Your professionalism, attention to detail, compassion and never-ending determination to provide our patients and families with the highest quality of care have made this remarkable accomplishment possible. Thank you!"
Deaconess VNA Plus has received a Gold Award in the category of Best In-Home Health Care Provider for the Evansville Courier Readers' Choice Awards. Readers of the newspaper write in their favorite businesses in a variety of categories; and two Gold and one Platinum winners are named. This is the third time in four years that the community has selected the Agency to receive this distinction.
Evansville Icemen Jersey Auction Nets Donation for Charlier Hospice Center
Posted on May 19, 2015
The ice has melted but the Evansville Icemen's generosity keeps on giving! For the second year in a row, David Cosby (center) of Quadco and Napa Auto Parts--the jersey sponsor for the hockey team--chose Deaconess VNA Plus to receive the proceeds of the end-of-season jersey auction in honor of the experience David and his family had with the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center. Thanks to loyal fans, the auction garnered more than $5,000 for the Agency! Pictured with David and his family are (from left) Deaconess VNA Plus staff, David Schutte, Development Program Director; Tom Norton, President, Board of Directors; and Gloria Horton, Executive Director.
North Student's Big Heart Benefits Agency
Posted on April 28, 2015
Gratefully accepting nearly $800 for the Charlier Hospice Center from Maddie Williamson and her mother, Rhonda, are (left) Dave Schutte, Deaconess VNA Plus Development Program Director, and (right) Gloria Horton, Executive Director.
"She is very compassionate," says Rhonda Williamson of her daughter, Maddie, a North High School senior. "She took this senior project to heart."
Three years ago, Maddie's grandmother, Carol Sidenbender, passed away. Maddie wanted to remember her in a special way, so when it was time to do her senior project, she thought of the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center, where her grandmother spent her final days. Under the guidance of her mentor, Natalie Lewis, Maddie coordinated a tee shirt sale, bake sale and a pork butt sale (with the help of Hickory Pit Stop and the Ellison family) and her efforts paid off with a total of $790.05 raised for the Center!
Maddie will attend the University of Southern Indiana this fall and says, "The people at the Charlier Center were so amazing, they inspired me to consider nursing as a career." Maddie adds that she could not have accomplished this fundraising effort without the support of her parents, Rhonda and Mike Williamson, and her grandfather, Gary Sidenbender.
Spiritual Care Coordinator Discusses Social Media and Bereavement
Posted on March 25, 2015
Sister Jennifer Miller, Spiritual Care Coordinator, was profiled in a recent WEHT/WTVW news feature titled "Death on Facebook", which examined the social media giant's new Legacy Contact option and how it may impact the grief process for surviving family members. See the full interview here.
Long-Time Hospice Medical Director Retires
Posted on January 26, 2015
Patrick Flamion, MD has retired as Deaconess VNA Plus's Hospice Medical Director for Evansville, including the inpatient John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center, a position he has held since the inception of VNA's hospice program nearly 25 years ago.
Stated Cindi Wessel, Director of Home Care and Hospice Operations, "Dr. Flamion has been instrumental in leading our hospice, supporting the growth and the future of the hospice program. He did not hesitate to oversee and provide direct care for our hospice patients when we opened the John and Betty Charlier Center. His dedication and commitment to patients and families is obvious with every contact. He never hesitated to have those difficult conversations with the patients and families, helping them understand what was happening and what they could expect. He addressed each and every one with compassion and caring." Cindi also thanks Dr. Flamion's wife, Janice, noting, "We appreciate her patience and understanding and the sharing of her husband with us whenever we called!"
We welcome Dr. Douglas Hatler, who has graciously stepped into the role of Hospice Medical Director. Dr. Hatler was involved with the Deaconess Hospice program for many years and also serves on the Deaconess Hospital Medical Ethics Committee, a testament to his integrity and belief in treating each patient with dignity, empathy and respect.
Three Honored at Annual Gala
Posted on November 25, 2014
The 4th Annual Giving Thanks Gala was held November 21 at the Evansville Country Club to raise funds to support the mission of Deaconess VNA Plus; and also to recognize three partners whose work is vital to that mission. Learn more about each recipient in our November newsletter, On The Home Front.
Uniseal, Inc. Employees Support Hospice Program
Posted on November 13, 2014
We count among our blessings this holiday season the employees of Uniseal, who raised more than $4,000 worth of contributions for our Hospice program!
Uniseal employee, Carol Grant, was so impressed by the care Deaconess VNA Plus provided to her mother (and particularly by Hospice nurse, Laura Spoon), she decided to organize a variety of fund-raisers, including a "bucket challenge" completed by the company's president, Brandon Willis. Carol also conducted a drive for staple food items to fill the family kitchen pantry in the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center, an inpatient facility located within the Deaconess VNA Plus Evansville office.
We thank all of the employees who contributed to this effort, and especially to Carol for her generosity of spirit!
Hospice Medical Director and Hospice Volunteer Named 2014 Health Care Heroes
Posted on October 27, 2014
Dr. Patrick Flamion, Deaconess VNA Plus Hospice Medical Director, and George Davidson, Hospice Volunteer, have been recognized by the Evansville Courier among this year's Health Care Heroes for their dedication to the people they serve. Read more about these deserving gentlemen in the October edition of our e-newsletter, On The Home Front!
Gibson County Senior Expo Set for September
Posted on August 26, 2014
If you're looking for a day out that's fun and educational, mark your calendar for the Gibson County Council on Aging Senior Expo, set for Friday, September 26, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Gibson County Council on Aging located at 212 S. Richland Creek Drive in Princeton, Indiana. The event will feature several vendor booths (including Deaconess VNA Plus); and door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
Diana Nyad Featured Presenter at 7th Annual MAIA Conference
Posted on May 30, 2014
Represented on the planning committee for the annual Mid-America Institute on Aging Conference, Deaconess VNA Plus is proud to announce that Diana Nyad, the world's greatest endurance swimmer, will be the closing speaker for the two-day conference, which takes place Thursday and Friday, August 14 and 15 at the University of Southern Indiana. Learn more here.
Tell City VNA Plus Office Named Best of the Best
Posted on April 21, 2014
The Tell City office of VNA Plus Home Care & Hospice has been selected as the first place winner in the Perry County News“Best of the Best” contest in the Home Health Provider category! The winners are chosen by readers who cast their votes in a number of categories; VNA Plus also received the first place award in 2012.
Fun on Ice Nets VNA Plus Cold Cash
Posted on April 4, 2014
In true community spirit, the Evansville Icemen conduct an auction of their warm-up jerseys at the end of each season and allow that year’s sponsor of the team jerseys to choose a not-for-profit agency to receive the proceeds.
This year’s jersey sponsor was Napa Quadco Auto Parts. One of their local owners, David Cosby, had a personal experience with the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center, located with the VNA Plus Evansville office, when his father (David Cosby, Sr.) was admitted as a patient. The Cosby family was so impressed with the care provided that David, Jr. selected VNA Plus as this year’s auction recipient…and the Agency netted more than $5,800 from the event!
Many thanks to the Icemen organization, Napa Quadco, the Cosby family and the many spirited fans who bid on the jerseys and helped make this effort so successful!
Hospice Medical Director, Grief Program Recognized by Leadership Evansville
Posted on March 20, 2014
More than 800 people attended the 19th Annual Leadership Evansville Awards program Tuesday, March 18 to honor a record number of nominations for the positive things being done in the community. Among the nominees were Dr. Patrick Flamion, Medical Director of VNA Plus Hospice, and “Life Beyond Grief”, a VNA Plus-hosted program for anyone in the area coping with loss. Read the complete article here.
First-Grader Raises Funds for Charlier Hospice Center
Posted on February 4, 2014
Mia Ashbrook, a first-grader at Resurrection School in Evansville, was challenged by her teacher to take part in a service project. Each child in the class was given $5.00 and asked to see what he or she could do with that money to help others. After talking with her parents and grandparents, Mia decided to raise money for the John and Betty Charlier Hospice Center at VNA Plus, where her great-grandfather, Charles Emmerson, had been lovingly cared for. Her mother helped her bake cookies to sell to friends and family.
And sell she did! On January 30th, Mia stopped by VNA Plus to present $650.00 to benefit the Charlier Hospice Center…and according to her grandmother, Debbie Barth, more money is coming! Sister Jennifer Miller, Spiritual Care Coordinator, helped provide spiritual guidance to Mr. Emmerson and his family during his illness and death, and gratefully accepted Mia’s donation. Mia also brought in new games and toys for the children’s room of the Hospice Center. Thank you, Mia, for your support of our mission!