Bonnie Phillips of Cornerstone VNA in Rochester was announced Home Care LNA of the Year at the Home Care Association of New Hampshire’s Annual Meeting in Meredith, NH on June 13. For fourteen years Ms. Phillips has brought positive energy, laughter and passion to her job, and to the patients of Cornerstone VNA. “She’s an amazing caregiver, says Jennifer Gullison, Clinical Director at Cornerstone, “Returning patients ask for her specifically and the agency has received several donations in her name from patients and families.”
Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs), like Bonnie, provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures and often include helping with “activities of daily living,” including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and assistance with self-administration of medicine. It takes a very special caregiver to keep a positive attitude year after year, but no matter what the day brings, Bonnie takes on extra patients with a smile, works extra hours without any questions and handles some of the toughest patients without giving up. Patients and their families routinely gush about the care and kindness they received from Ms. Phillips. One of her patient’s family members wrote that this aide “can get my Dad to do things that no one else can. I respect and trust her observations.”
“During the past several years the Home Care Association participated with other health associations for a special day to recognize licensed nursing assistants,” said Elaine Bussey, Board President of the Home Care Association of New Hampshire. “While this event has been discontinued, the Home Care Association felt it was important to continue to honor a LNA who goes above and beyond.”
The association was established in 1974 to promote the delivery of high-quality health care in the home by offering education and networking opportunities for home healthcare professionals, providing leadership on home care issues, and serving as a home care advocate in the public policy arena. For more information, visit www.homecarenh.org.