The Farmington Valley VNA has been distinguished among the top 25 percent of Home Care agencies in the nation for 5 consecutive years. These prestigious “HomeCare Elite” awards reflect our commitment to providing high quality, comprehensive, compassionate in-home and community-based health care.
The Judith Hriceniak Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership
The Farmington Valley VNA is proud to announce that Karen Bignelli, Manager of Nursing and Hospice Services, was honored with the prestigious Judith Hriceniak Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership by the Connecticut Association of Home Care at Home (CHCAH) at their annual 2017 conference. The Hriceniak Award is CAHCH’s highest honor, and is presented to an RN who is a visionary role model in the development and implementation of innovative projects that positively affect the ever-changing home care environment. It is a well-deserved recognition for Karen, who has worked with the Agency for over 26 years. Congrats, Karen!
For the seventh year in a row, the Farmington Valley VNA proudly announces that it has been named to the Top 500 of the 2018 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing Medicare-certified home health agencies in the United States. Now in its twelfth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance.
Congratulations to our agency’s executive director, nurses and clinicians, administrative and support team who consistently demonstrate a commitment in delivering high quality care within our community! Quality Benchmarks/Patient Satisfaction
Eagle Scout Projects
With the kind support of two local Boy Scouts, the Granby Food Bank—a program of the Farmington Valley VNA—now has both, a food storage bin and a shade-covering gazebo. Granby resident Charlie Brinegar, 16, a Life Scout with Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 175, began working on his Eagle Scout Service Project in the Spring of 2017. With combined effort with Dan Fauteux of Fauteux Construction, Charlie gave back to his community by constructing a donation storage bin at the entrance of the Food Bank, and continues towards the prestigious Eagle Scout rank.
Brendan Sayers, a resident of North Granby, was 17 at the time when he began his Eagle Scout community service project, also at the Granby Food Bank. Now at UCONN, Brendan completed the construction of a gazebo with the assistance of Scout and community volunteers at the Food Bank in August of 2017, and has since been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to our community Scouts. We are honored that they choose chose Farmington Valley VNA as their community project!
The Master’s School "Job Shadow Day"
During the Fall of 2017, the Farmington Valley VNA’s own Nancy Scheetz participated in The Master’s School “Job Shadow Day”. Along with other local businesses, Nancy shared her professional expertise with 70 high school students, who gained knowledge and mentoring on careers to pursue following high school graduation. Students pared up with clinical staff of the VNA, and made home visits to better understand the field of Home Care. Thanks Nancy and the VNA staff for your time in expanding the horizons of our future work force!
Connecticut’s largest statewide nursing recognition, the Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing, honors those who have demonstrated excellence above what is normally expected, thus making a significant impact on patient care. Farmington Valley VNA proudly celebrates three nurses who have been recipients of this prestigious award. Robin Baker (1st photo), Registered Nurse and Nursing Manager here at Farmington Valley VNA, has received the 2018 Nightingale Award for Excellence in Nursing. Terri LeDuc (2nd photo), a school nurse for the Granby Board of Education, was 2017’s receipient recipient and hospice nurse Jacqui Coveney (3rd photo) received the honor in 2016. We praise the efforts of our nurses’ faith in honoring the VNA’s mission.
Nancy Scheetz, our Executive Director, celebrated the unveiling of 'Embrace Peace' the iconic statue celebrating the end of WWII. Part of the Art Trail on display from May 15th through September 15th, 2018, the statue is sponsored by the VNA in recognition of the role nurses play in our society and in recognition of their 110th year of service.
Committed to the growth and success of local small businesses, the Farmington Valley VNA is proud to be a member of both the Simsbury and Avon Chamber of Commerces. Our very own Executive Director Nancy Scheetz proudly represents the agency by serving as the 2017-2018 Vice President for the Simsbury Chamber. In addition, one of our clinical staff members serves on the Avon Chamber’s “Health and Wellness” Committee.
Connecticut Association for Health Care at Home (CAHCH)
The Farmington Valley VNA is a licensed and certified provider member of the Connecticut Association for Health Care at Home (CAHCH). Nancy Scheetz, Executive Director of the agency, serves on the association’s Board of Directors and chairs the Community Awareness Committee, which facilitates all public relations for the association.