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Twenty-Third Annual Awards Presentation Held at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill

June 29, 2017

A beautiful summer-like mid-May evening brought together more than 150 guests for VNA of Hudson Valley’s 2017 Annual Awards Presentation, which took place on May 18th at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown. Honorees included Ronald Corti, President and CEO of St. John’s Riverside Hospital; Maura Del Bene NP, Director of Palliative Medicine Service, WESTMED Medical Group; Robert Simione, Principal Emeritus of Simione Healthcare Consultants; and Beverlyn Fray of White Plains. The event was hosted by Janine Rose.

The elegant atmosphere and decor, delicious cuisine, beautiful live music, and exciting silent auction made this year’s theme, “An Evening in Oz,” a memorable and enjoyable one. Upon arriving, guests were ushered in on a yellow brick road which brought them to the cocktail hour, where they had the opportunity to mingle with characters from Oz, including Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. Later in the program, Dorothy sang a lovely rendition of “Over the Rainbow”.

Ron Corti expressed his gratitude upon receiving the VNA of Hudson Valley Award of Merit: “This honor means a great deal to me because as a member of the board, [of  VNA of Hudson Valley], I have always been aware of the wonderful work that the staff provides to the community. But it wasn’t until recently that I got to see this work in action. During my mother’s illness I saw firsthand the special commitment it takes to be a visiting nurse and the care and respect with which these nurses treat their patients. They made a difficult time more bearable for my whole family.”

In her remarks, Maura Del Bene stated, “To receive the Ellen Wood Healthcare Award from the VNA is an honor. It has been a privilege to partner in the care of our shared patients and families. Being a Nurse Practitioner that specializes in palliative care…has been an experience filled with trailblazing. It has been more successful with the partnership of VNA of Hudson Valley and VNA’s Palliative Care Team.”

The Dana Reeve Caregiver Award recipient, Beverlyn Fray, said, “The VNA of Hudson Valley has been the difference between our attempts to navigate our day-to-day crisis alone, and having the caring support of medical professionals who understand what it means to live well between doctor’s visits. I am grateful to be recognized by the VNA of Hudson Valley for the care I give my sick and aging parents. Caregivers must move past sympathy and empathy to identify with the 24-hour reality of ongoing needs. I am determined that my parents know and have confidence that, as long as they need me, they can depend on me.”
The recipient of this year’s Corporate and Community Service Award, Robert Simione, reminisced about how he had worked for many years with the VNA of Hudson Valley on an operational, financial, and strategic level. As a consultant for more than 45 years, he had seen the home care landscape change dramatically, for better and worse. Simione stated, “the VNA of Hudson Valley has met those challenges very successfully…it has always been one of my favorite agencies.”

Michele Quirolo, MS, RN, CHCE, President and CEO of VNA of Hudson Valley, said that “the VNA is honored and privileged to have the opportunity to recognize such outstanding individuals. Each embodies the essence of the word, caring...through their work in the health care field or through their commitment to family.”

Funds raised at the event will support VNA of Hudson Valley’s innovative and charitable community programs, including palliative care, video telehealth services, community education, charity care, chronic disease self-management, and complementary therapies.

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