The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) would like to congratulate Moreen Burkart, VNA’s Senior Music Therapist on being named Woman of the Year by Junior League of Indian River, under the Civic/Non-profit Professional category. As a Woman of the Year nominee, Burkart was recognized as a woman who demonstrates high ethical standards personally, is a recognized role model, has a strong sense of community responsibility and is outstanding in her contributions within Indian River County.
Winners were selected by the Junior League of Greater Orlando, based on applications submitted by their nominees. As a Woman of the Year winner, Burkart was uplifted for having a positive impact her work has had in our community. “It was such an honor to be recognized for the progress we are making because of the music therapy program, and I feel very fortunate to have the VNA’s continued support,” said Burkart. “I see many opportunities for music therapy to help in our community and hope that as we continue to advocate, more music therapy jobs will be created so that anyone interested in our services can receive them.”
Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music therapy, Burkart moved to the area in 2012 and saw a need to create a music therapy program in our community to help local patients. She set out to do just that, and in 2015, Burkart successfully created Indian River County’s first music therapy program, run by a board-certified music therapist. Since the inception of this program, more than 700 hospice patients and families have benefited, and the program has tripled in size, going from just Burkart to three full-time music therapists. She is fulfilling her mission of bringing music therapy to VNA patients as well as the greater community.
VNA’s program provides free programming through partnerships with organizations like the Scully-Welsh Cancer Center and the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association. Through these collaborations, the VNA’s music therapists provide music therapy to individuals battling cancer, both in-patient and at the infusion center, while they are receiving chemo therapy. At the Alzheimer and Parkinson Association, VNA’s music therapists provide group music therapy sessions for the Dementia-day program, as well as a weekly neurologic music therapy group, specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s to help improve their gait and balance.
In 2015, the VNA was awarded the prestigious Indian River Impact 100 grant of $100,000 as of the grant proposal that Burkart co-wrote and presented to the 400 members of Impact 100. She also created VNA’s internship program, which is a national roster internship site for music therapy students.
For more information about VNA’s Music Therapy Program or other VNA services, call 77.567.5551 or visit www.vnatc.com.
About the VNA
The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides home healthcare services—including Medicare-reimbursed and private-duty nursing; home health aides; physical, speech, and occupational therapy; in-home companions; and personal transportation—throughout Indian River County. The agency is also the only licensed hospice provider in Indian River County, offering end-of-life care in patients’ homes, local hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and the VNA Hospice House. The VNA also provides community wellness services such as flu vaccinations, no-cost blood pressure/blood sugar screenings, and speakers on health-related topics for local community groups.
About Junior League of Indian River
The Junior League of Indian River is an organization of women serving Indian River County since 1990, who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action of trained volunteers.