ROCHESTER – January 2023 marks the 110th anniversary of Cornerstone VNA, a local non-profit home health and hospice care organization serving Strafford, Rockingham, Belknap and Carroll counties in New Hampshire and York counties in Maine.
Celebrating its 110th anniversary, Cornerstone VNA is proud of its impressive history of home care. In 1913, under the leadership of President and philanthropist Norma Snow and the Ladies Aide of the First Church Congregational, the Rochester Women’s Club formed the VNA to provide home care services. For more than a century, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to providing services to people of all ages so families can stay at home together, even as they face the challenges of aging, recovering from surgery, chronic or life-threatening illness, or end-of-life care. A full-service home care organization, Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care – Private Duty, and Community Care.
Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO states, “I have been a proud home care nurse since 1987 and joined Cornerstone VNA in 1994. I have experienced so much personal and professional growth in my time at Cornerstone VNA, and it has been my honor to lead this organization as President/CEO for the past 10 years.” Julie continues, “Although we are in Having grown tremendously over the past few years, we still pay tribute to our founder and our remarkable history of providing quality care to our patients and community.”
Over the past decade in particular, Cornerstone VNA has experienced significant growth, earning it recognition as a Business NH Magazine 2020 Health Care Business of the Decade, as well as numerous other awards, most recently the Falls Chamber of Commerce 2022 Nonprofit of the Year and 2022 Best of the Seacoast Best Home Health Care.
As the region prepared for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Cornerstone VNA was well prepared thanks to its ongoing emergency preparedness efforts. They continued to care for patients and developed innovative ways to stay connected with their local communities. They also broke ground on a major investment project in October 2020 to expand their building and refurbish their existing premises to meet the growing needs of their patients, staff and community members. Over the years, Cornerstone VNA has remained proactive in its approach to researching and implementing innovative specialty services, including a remote telemedicine monitoring program, to meet the complex needs of its patients and ensure positive outcomes.
With over 170 team members, Cornerstone VNA has exceptional longevity. Sandy Powers, RN, has been a registered nurse at Cornerstone VNA for 31 years and is affectionately known as “Nurse Sandy” by her patients. Sandy notes, “I’ve had a variety of roles over the past 30 years and it’s been a wonderful ride with all of them. I have gained so much knowledge from working as a home care nurse.”
From longtime nurse Sandy to recently hired team member Megan Casey, RN, BSN, the positive feeling of being a nurse and working in home care is just as powerful. Megan says, “There is something remarkable and rewarding about caring for patients at home, often in their most acute and vulnerable states, and being part of an organization (family) that offers endless support and appreciation. I not only love what I do, I live for it.”
To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133. Visitors to the site can also learn more about the history of Cornerstone VNA by reading their historical blog posts, which are published monthly throughout the year.