Patient Stories/News

August 3, 2020

Why I Volunteer – Tommy (the dog)

My name is Tommy and I am a Certified Therapy Dog. I love to volunteer at Blue Water Hospice Home because I like to see the surprise followed by smiles when I (a big yellow dog) walk in to say “HI”. Even the staff at the Blue Water Hospice Home […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Carol Hill

Carol’s role at VNA & Blue Water Hospice is community liaison. She receives a referral, then meets with a prospective patient and their family to determine how the agency can help. She assists families by relieves their stress – providing care, information, and listening to their concerns and fears. Carol […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Louise Markovic

Louise has been with the Private Duty division of VNA for more than seven years. She helps clients with personal care, exercise, light housekeeping, errands, and listens to them. She finds that by having a discussion with her clients, she can identify if there are changes in their behavior that […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Paula LaFortune

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. Paula worked many years in oncology. She liked helping these patients, but felt she could be more beneficial to someone at the end […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Judy Bloink

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. Judy has worked in healthcare for 35 years, in facilities both large and small. She prefers working in smaller, more close-knit organizations. “Our […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Jeannie Westbrook

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. Jeannie was first introduced to VNA & Blue Water Hospice during a fundraiser in 2011. A friend’s niece had passed away, and they […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Jackie Cole

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. While working in a long-term care facility, Jackie regularly worked with hospice nurses. She noticed how the nurses cared for patients during their […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Carrie Barnes

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. After high school, Carrie was accepted into the physical therapy program at U of M, unfortunately, the program was put on hiatus before […]
July 31, 2020

Shining Star – Amanda Whitmore

VNA & Blue Water Hospice leadership honors staff quarterly through the ‘Shining Star’ program, recognizing the extras they do for each other, their patients, and the community. Prior to coming to VNA & Blue Water Hospice, Amanda worked at a long-term care facility, but found she needed something more fulfilling […]