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ORLANDO, FL - April 20, 2010 - The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is honoring five leaders from across the country for their contributions to home healthcare and hospice at the VNAA Annual Awards Luncheon, April 22, from 11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World Resort.

"Honoring our home healthcare and hospice leaders is an important aspect of our Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon," stated Andy Carter, President and CEO of VNAA. "It allows us to celebrate the unique qualities and contributions of individual leaders and staff working in nonprofit home healthcare and hospice," said Carter.

The Awards and Awardees include:

Clinician of the Year - Andi Parkhill, RN, BSN
Community Health Nurse, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, Red Bank, NJ

Andi Parkhill, RN, BSN, has an innate talent to connect with her clients by gently working her way into their lives. She was nominated for the Clinician of the Year award for her unique ability to embrace her patient not just as a single individual but as part of a community. Andi always goes above and beyond for her patients and the community and has combined the role of nurse and social worker so effectively that she has become a leader and resource to many.

Program Manager of the Year - Mary Agnes Carroll
Director of Corporate Health, Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Minneapolis, MN

Mary Agnes Carroll, Director of Corporate Health, is a wise, tempered leader who has used her "can do" attitude to inspire many. Mary has had an integral role in forever broadening MVNA's Public Health relationships, one of which led to a Guinness World Book of Records new record for the most flu vaccinations given on a college campus in one day. Her humor and humility make her a pleasure to work with and her leadership skills and exceptional program management have made Mary one in a million. These are just a few of the characteristics as to why Mary was nominated for the Program Manager of the Year award.

Volunteer of the YearAgency Board Member - Susan Sepples, PhD
Director and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Main School of Nursing and Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses of Southern Maine, Saco, ME

Dr. Susan Sepples has served on the Board of Trustees for over ten years and is currently Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee. She has brought to HHVN not only her years of board service but also a true understanding of what is at the heart of everything that they do. Dr. Sepples ability to generate enthusiasm around education, her advocacy for advancing the quality of nursing education and her dedication to the nursing profession is why she was nominated and selected for VNAA's Agency Board Member of the Year.

Volunteer of the YearIndividual Care Provider - Christine Knott, RN
Hospice Volunteer, VNA of Care New England, Warwick, RI

Christine Knott, RN, has been a hospice volunteer at VNA of Care New England for 18 years where she has served hundreds of patients and their families. Six days a week, she works at a local hospital as a full-time discharge nurse and on her one day off she is a hospice volunteer. Christine's limitless commitment to her patients, their families and friends and to the hospice program has made her a role model for other volunteers, staff and the community at large. She has shown how one individual can make a difference through selfless and caring acts.

Administrative Manager of the Year - Marjorie Forgang, RN, MSN
Chief Nursing Officer, Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, Red Bank, NJ

Marjorie Forgang, RN, MSN, CNO, is both a clinical and administrative expert in homecare. She has been a mentor to her staff by teaching the importance of understanding both patient outcomes and financial ramifications of clinical care in terms of overall program operations. Marjorie does not settle for status quo; instead, she strives for her and her staff to exceed expectations. She was nominated for the Administrative Manager of the Year award for her positive attitude and approach to motivate her staff to achieve the greatest heights.

Full bios and photos of award recipients are online now:


About VNAA: VNAA is a national association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based nonprofit home health and hospice providers that provide comprehensive services for Medicare, Medicaid, uninsured, and privately insured patients. VNAA members share a mission to provide cost-effective and compassionate care to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Visit today.

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