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VNA Care Honored with Post-Acute Stroke Quality Improvement Award

State-Wide Collaboration Aims to Improve Care and Outcomes for Stroke Patients

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. 

VNA Care and other health care providers are working together to improve these statistics as part of the Paul Coverdell Post-Acute Quality Improvement Collaborative at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

"The Collaborative is looking at the entire continuum of care for patients — from the first signs of a stroke to emergency medical services to hospital, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility stays and the transition to home," said Michele Rosenthal, regional education manager for VNA Care. 

VNA Care was recognized by the Massachusetts Coverdell Program for dedication in improving the care stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting. This work involved partnering with hospitals in Boston and Worcester, taking part in learning sessions and regional meetings, and furthering quality improvement activities. In addition, VNA Care's Wellness Division provides free talks and risk screenings in the community. 

VNA Care's current work with the Collaborative focuses on data collection about care for stroke patients in the home setting as well as continuing to offer free community education and screening programs. 

Rachel Symes, regional manager of transitional care for VNA Care, said, "We strive to provide exceptional care to all our patients. We're proud to be part of this state- and nation-wide effort to improve stroke patients' health and quality of life." 

Pictured, from left: Anita Christie, RN, MHA, CPHQ, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Michele Rosenthal, regional education manager, VNA Care; Rachel Symes, regional manager of transitional care, VNA Care; and Lee Schwamm, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital. Photo by: Howie Hecht Photography

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