VNA Nurses Care for Homebound During the Storm

VNA Provides Community with Essential Health Care Services During Hurricane Sandy

Despite the enormous challenges and destruction left by Hurricane Sandy, nurses, therapists and aides from the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills keep care of patients and community members their number one priority. Home health and hospice patients, many of whom are elderly or seriously ill, are particularly vulnerable during a storm and rely on services provided by the VNA, a home health care provider serving residents of Morris and Somerset counties.

The nurses, many leaving their own families in cold, powerless homes with limited gas, have made tremendous efforts to reach their patients. “We are professionally and personally committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and delivering necessary services, both critical lifelines of care during and following the storm,” said Ann Painter, President & CEO. “The dedication and contributions of our nurses, therapists, aides and office staff have been truly amazing.” Care provided by visiting VNA clinicians includes monitoring vital signs, checking the functionality of equipment such as oxygen tanks, managing medications and providing physical therapy.

In addition to servicing the organization’s own patients, three VNA registered nurses helped staff the Bernards Red Cross shelter at Bernards High School. Christie Ponessa of Bernardsville, Karen Ellis of Basking Ridge, and Rosalie Jasinksi of Somerville attended to the medical needs of shelter residents. Physical therapist and Basking Ridge resident, Nancy Coto, volunteered her time to provide translation services. Jasinksi also volunteered at the Manville shelter.

Famous for their twice yearly Rummage Sale fundraiser, the VNA is grateful for the support received from individuals which helps enable the organization to provide these services to the community.