VNA joins list of United Way funded partners

Beverly Smith, CFRE, Director of VNA & Hospice Foundation; Abaco Richardson, ARNP-C, Nurse Practitioner and Telehealth Coordinator; Lundy Fields, VNA President and CEO; Michael Kint, United Way CEO; Meredith Egan, United Way COO.

NEWS RELEASE

The Visiting Nurse Association of the Treasure Coast (VNA) is pleased to announce that as of July 13, 2018 the United Way of Indian River County will begin funding the VNA’s Telehealth: Chronic Disease Management program in the amount of $60,000 spread over two years.

“We are so grateful to the United Way, their Board of Directors and Citizens Review volunteers for recognizing the positive outcomes our Telehealth program is contributing to the overall health of our community,” remarked Lundy Fields, VNA’s President and CEO. “We are proud to be identified as a high performing organization that provides services aligned with United Way’s three strategic priority areas of Education, Financial Stability and Health.”

“Funding decisions were based on your agency’s application, measurable outcomes, agency presentation, the demonstrated strengths, growth opportunities and effectiveness of your organization and program(s) and, of course, available dollars,” stated Nate Bruckner, United Way of Indian River County’s Director of Community Impact, in a letter of commitment addressed to Fields and the VNA’s Board Chairman, Sue Tompkins.

To date, over 2,000 VNA patients have received the benefits of our in-home telemonitoring technology. With financial support from the United Way, the VNA will be equipped to assist an additional 622 patients by 2020. “Telehealth allows us to monitor and interact with our patients daily, helping to identify issues early on so that changes can be made to the patient’s medical regimen if needed. Our goal is to provide high-quality patient care, educate patients and their families so they are empowered and able to participate in their own healthcare, and prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions,” said Abaco Richardson, ARNP-C, Nurse Practitioner and Telehealth Coordinator for the VNA.

Telemonitoring is especially useful for patients living with chronic illnesses such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. VNA’s in-home telemonitors: collect patient vital data and transmit it to nurses and physicians daily for review; ask a series of evaluative health-related questions tailored to meet our patients’ unique needs; increase our response to patients needs as they occur and provide patients with the right care, in the right place, at the right time, thus reducing the number of visits to the hospital and increasing patient independence and self-esteem.

For more information on VNA’s Telehealth program, visit www.vnatc.com or call 772.567.5551.

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.

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