Claire O’Brien and Jean Horton Recognized for Decades of Commitment to Community Health
Claire O’Brien of Bedminster, NJ, and Jean Horton of Bernardsville, NJ, have been honored for their decades of commitment to the Adult Day Center of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills. Both were recognized on November 2, 2014, at Dinner with Friends, formerly Taste of the Hills, an annual fundraising event hosted by the Friends of the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills. Proceeds from the event benefit the Adult Day Center.
“Through their extraordinary efforts, both Claire and Jean have helped ensure that the Adult Day Center can provide a vital service to community members and their families,” said Ann Painter, RN, MSN, President & CEO, VNA of Somerset Hills. “Their dedication to the Center and to fulfilling the VNA mission is a testament to the commitment to strengthening the well-being of fellow residents.
O’Brien became the Executive Director of the Adult Day Center in 1990. In 1997, she was appointed Director of VNA Community Health Services, overseeing private duty, public health and respite care programs. Her leadership helped steer the successful 2002 merger of the Center with the VNA parent organization. Additional community service includes serving as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Ridge Oak Senior Housing in Basking Ridge, on the Board of the Home Care Association of New Jersey, and on the Adult Day Care Task Force of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.
As a long-time volunteer and Board member of the Friends of Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills, Horton has provided invaluable contributions to many Friends fundraising and service events. The impact of her efforts at the Center mirrors her dedication to the greater community. She has volunteered at Matheny School, the Bernardsville Library and Library Foundation, the Friends of the Shelter, Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church, and the Bernardsville Garden Club.
The Adult Day Center offers a supportive and engaging environment that enhances quality of life for the frail elderly or chronically ill adult who may otherwise be home alone or prematurely placed in a long term care facility. Caregivers also benefit because it allows them the freedom to go to work, handle personal business or just relax knowing their loved one is well cared for and safe. The Center has served more than 1,000 community members during the past 26 years.