Background and Contributors

Blueprint Contributors

The ElevatingHome Blueprint For Excellence was developed by Best Practices Work Groups convened by the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA). The Blueprint is based on evidence and reflects the recommendations of industry peers. It is not a substitute for professional judgment or other compliance requirements.Use the hyperlinks below to see contributors to each module of the Blueprint for Excellence:
 
Original Developers of Home Health Blueprint
Original Developers of Hospice Blueprint
2017 Discharge to Community Work Group
2016 Reducing Pressure Ulcers Work Group
2016 Readmissions Best Practice Work Group
2016 Improving the Continuum of Care at End of Life Hospice Work Group
2015 5-Star Best Practices Work Group
2015 Joint Replacement Best Practices Work Group - VNAA thanks the Visiting Nurse Association of New England for the initial hip and knee pathways and information.

Original Content Developers for Home Health
Rose Madden-Baer
Misty Kevech
Lucille A. Saia
Emma Baron
Elizabeth Madigan
Sally Sobolewski
Katherine Browne
Denise Martel
Paula Suter
Gale Moore Bucher
Mary Jean McKeveny
Margaret "Peg" Terry
Mary DeVeau
Mary Anne O’Connor
Celeste Twardon
Merrily Evokimoff
Ann M. Painter
Tim Veach
Margaret Hadley
Sue Payne
Claire M. Zangerle
Amanda Holst
Robert Rosati

Original Content Developers for Hospice and Palliative Care
Meg Campbell
Barbara Lafrance
Mary Lou Proch
June Gallup
Carol Long
Cindi Pursley
Margaret Hadley
Bonnie Morgan
Barbara Sylvester
Keela Herr
Barbara Muntz
Margaret "Peg" Terry
Andrea Huertas
Mary Narayan
Mag VanOosten
Margherita Labson
Danielle Pierotti
Debra Wiegand

Joint Work Group on Discharge to Community Best Practices
VNAA-Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation
February, 2017
Members**

Andrea V. Fontenot, LDN, RD, MBA, CPHQ
Vice President of Quality & Performance Improvement
LHC Group, Inc.

Doreen Germain, RN, BSN, MAS, COS-C
Manager, Quality & Performance Improvement
VNA Health Group

Pamela Hall, RN, MBA
Executive Director  Home Health
Piedmont Home Health

Heather P. Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C
Associate Vice President of Quality Initiatives & State Relations
Association for Home & Hospice Care of NC
SC Home Care & Hospice Association

Carla Kwateng
VNHS

Mary Anne McCabe, RN, BSN, MS, CCM
Director Quality/Accreditation
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Barbara McCann
Chief Industry Officer
Interim HealthCare

Sue Phelps MBA,RN, BSN, CHPN, COS-C, HCS-D
Clinical Services Specialist
CNS Academy Program Director
Home Office

Patty Rice RN SCHN
Eddy Visiting Nurses Association

Robert J. Rosati, PhD
Chair, Connected Health Institute
Vice President of Data, Research and Quality
VNA Health Group

Staff
Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH,
VNAA Senior Quality Consultant

Association Liaisons
Teresa Lee, JD, MPH
Executive Director
Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation

Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, AOCN, CHPN
Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
 
** Affiliations as of the project

Improving the Continuum of Care at End of Life (Palliative Care)
VNAA Blueprint Work Group Roster*
May, 2016

 
Members
Emma Baron
Director of Regulatory, Compliance and Performance Excellence
Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty
 
Benjamin Burke
Clinical Quality Project manager
HealthEast Hospice & Palliative Care
 
Barbara Carter
GIP Program Manager
Visiting Nurse Health Service
 
Suzanne Clark, PT, DPT, GCS, COS-C
Staff Development Coordinator
Norwell VNA and Hospice
 
Kathleen Cox, RN
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara,
 
Michelle Dahlkemper
Chief Operating Officer
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara
 
Lisa Deal, RN, MPH, ScD
Chief Clinical Officer
Mission Hospice and Home Care
 
Nicole DePace MS, APRN, GNP-BC, ACHPN
Palliative Care Program Coordinator
NVNA AND HOSPICE
 
Kate Dexter, RN, BSN, CHPN
Director of Hospice
Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services
 
Laurie Farmer, LICSW, ACHP-SW
VP of Hospice Services
Concord Regional VNA
 
Mary Fox, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis
 
Jan Grimes
Executive Director 
Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council
 
Andréa R. Huertas, BSN, MBA
 
Deb Jeffery
Director of Palliative Care
VNA of St Louis
 
Angelina Jones-Huggins
QA-PI Manager
Visiting Nurse Health Service
 
Saadia M. King, MPA, MA, RN
Home Health Director
Pathways Home Health, Hospice & Private Duty
 
Jennifer Laramie RN
Hospice Director
Central NH VNA and Hospice
 
Peggy Lasoff RN BSN
Hospice Palliative Care Clinical Manager
VNAHG of New Jersey
 
Lisa Masterson
Norwell VNA and Hospice
 
Marcia McGrew
Chair, IHHC Hospice Work Group
Director, MDH home health care and MDH Hospice
 
James Manahan              
VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
 
Cindy R. Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN
Vice President for Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations
Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina and South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association
 
Margaret W Namie, RN, MPH
Vice President of Clinical Services
Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
 
Rhonda Oakes, RN,CHPN
Regulatory Analyst
McKesson
Extended Care Solutions Group
 
Cindi Pursley RN, CHPN
Administrator Hospice & Palliative Care
VNA of Colorado
 
Barbara Samson RN, BSN, MS, MBA, CHC, CRRN
Director of Clinical Services
Trinity Home Health Services
 
Troy Scott
Quality Administrative Coordinator
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
 
Micki Ranallo Schaefer
Director, HealthEast Hospice & Palliative Care
HealthEast Care System
 
Kemi Shodunke, RN, BSN, MSN
Palliative Care Clinical Manager
Norwell VNA and Hospice
 
Enny Simmons RN BSN MSN
Quality Manager
Centura Health at Home
 
Kimberly Skehan RN, MSN
Senior Manager
Simione Healthcare Consultants, LLC
 
Becki Wedemeier RN CHPN
QAPI Coordinator
HCI VNS Care Services
 
Staff and Consultants
Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, AOCN, CHPN
Vice President, Quality and Innovation
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
 
Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH

Senior Quality Advisor, VNAA
 
* Affiliations are at the time of project development 

 
VNAA Preventing Readmissions Work Group
June, 2016
 
Members
Kathy Peirce
VNA Care New England
 
Ben Burke, RRT
Clinical Project Manager
HealthEast Home Care & Hospice
 
Lora Daughtry, RN
Director of Nursing and Rehab
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
 
Sandra Dompierre, RN MS
Chief Performance Improvement Officer
Community Nurse Home Care
 
Mary Fraser, Quality Manager
Allina Health Home Health
 
Elaine Gardner, MS, RN, COS-C
Patient Care Manager
VNA Care Network Foundation
 
Lisa C. Greisler
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Visiting Nursing Association of WNY
 
Maureen R Hanlon RN BSN COS-C
Director of Quality
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association
 
Jennifer Laramie RN
Hospice Director
Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice
 
Mary Anne McCabe, RN, BSN, MS, CCM
Director Quality/Accreditation
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
 
Kathy Orton
VP of Clinical Services
VNA of Treasure Coast
 
Lisa Parent R.N., M.S.
Chief Performance Improvement/IT Officer
Community  Nurse Home Care
 
Cindi Pursley RN, CHPN
Administrator Hospice & Palliative Care
VNA of Colorado
 
Julie Salo, DNP, RN, ACNP
Evidenced Based Care Coordinator
Cardiopulmonary APN
UR Medicine Home Care, Visiting Nurse Service
 
Andrea Stevenson
Visiting Nurse Health System (Atlanta)
 
Kathleen Witcoskie, RN
Vice President Quality Management
VNA Health System
 
Staff and Consultants
Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, AOCN, CHPN
Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
 
Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
Senior Quality Advisor, VNAA

5-Star Best Practices to Improve Home Health Quality Measures
VNAA Workgroup Roster*
Fall 2015

 
Members
Alma Allen, RN, MSN, ACM
Director of Clinical Operations
Inova VNA Home Health
 
Maureen T. Bannan RN, MA, HN-BC
Executive Director
Walpole Area VNA
 
Sue Burtch, PT, MBA
Rehab Services Manager
Aspirus
 
Bridget Caniglia RN, CCRN
VP of Home Care
Visiting Nurse Association (Omaha)
 
Holly Chaffee
President and CEO
Porchlight VNA
 
Suzanne Clark, PT, DPT, GCS, COS-C
Staff Development Coordinator
NVNA and Hospice
 
Lora Daughtry, RN, BSN, BCHH-C, HCS-O
Director QI, Compliance & Education
Visiting Nurse Association (Colorado)
 
Mary DeVeau
President/CEO
Concord Regional V.N.A.
 
Andrea Dickerson, RN, BSN
VNA Nurse Manager - Cardiac
ChristianaCare
 
Meg Doherty
Executive Director
NVNA AND HOSPICE
 
Wendy Ebner RN, MSN, CRRN
Regional Homecare Director
VNA Health Group
 
Kelli Filosa, PT
Therapy Department Manager
VNA Community Healthcare (Connecticut)
 
Andrea Foley, MSN, RN, CWCN
Director of  PI/Education
NVNA  AND HOSPICE
 
Lynette Godhard, RN, MGA
Director of Clinical Operations
Chief Privacy and Integrity Officer
Adventist Home Health
 
Mehgan Gratacos, MPH
Clinical Data Specialist
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
 
Lisa C. Greisler
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Visiting Nursing Association of WNY
 
Maureen R Hanlon RN BSN COS-C HCS-D
Director of Quality
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice
 
Jani Helm, RN
Director of Clinical Care        
Knute Nelson Home Care

Diane Howarth
Director of Quality
Wellspan VNA Home Care
 
Robin Kipple, RN
Director of Disease Management and Practice Team
Advanced Home Care
 
Amy Lafko, MSPT 
Director of Clinical Operations for Rehab Services- Home Health Services
WellSpan Health
 
Kim LaGue, PT
Chief Operating Officer
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
 
Elizabeth A. Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
 
Mary Anne McCabe, RN, BSN, MS, CCM
Director Quality/Accreditation
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
 
Angel Means, MS, RN
VP of Quality and Education
Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
 
Kyra Mihalick PT, DPT
Rehab Patient Care Manager
Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates
 
Alisha Miller, MPT
Clinical Rehab Manager
Allina Health Home Health
  
Mary Ann Monaghan MBA, RN, CPHQ, LHRM
Associate Vice President of Clinical Services
Chapters Health System
 
Agnes Padernal, RN, PhD
Director of Home Health
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
 
Lesa Prichard, RN, BSN, COS-C
Care Management Supervisor
Christiana Care VNA
 
Lucy Saia, MS,MBA, RN
Home Health & Hospice Care
Director of Home Care
 
Lisa Salamone
Executive Vice President and CEO
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey
 
Faith F. Scott
President and Chief Executive Officer
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey

Erin Shadbolt
 
Beth Slepian, PT

VP Education and Clinical Compliance
Concord Regional VNA
 
Heather Smith, PT
Advanced Home Care
Program Dev Educator II
Program Development HH
 
Sally Sobolewski , RN, MSN, CPHQ
Director, Quality Provider Services
Clinical Transformation & Innovation
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
 
Christine Sova RN, BSN
VNA and Blue Water Hospice
Home Care Clinical Supervisor
 
Marge Superior, RN, MSN
Clinical Director
Cape VNA
 
Paula Suter
Clinical Director, Sutter Center for Integrated Care /Sutter Care at Home
 
Linda M. Valentino, MSN, RN
Executive Vice President &
Chief of Clinical Transformation & Innovation
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
 
Holli Wiseman RN, MS
Clinical Educator
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
 
Aminata Wurie, RN, MSN
Clinical Manager
Inova VNA Home Health
 
Staff and Consultants
Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
Interim VP, Quality and Performance Improvement, VNAA
 
Molly Smith
Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

VNAA Pressure Ulcer Best Practice Work Group
September, 2016
Participants
Lynne Arbeitel RNC, CWON
Director of Wound and Ostomy Care
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

Tina Bowers, BSN CWCN
Staff Development Coordinator
VNA Community Healthcare.

Andrea Foley, MSN, RN, CWCN
NVNA and Hospice
 
Brenda Fox, BSN, CWON, RN
Advanced Home Care
WOC RN Educator

Lison Plante, RN, MSN, FNP, CWS
National Director Clinical Resource
Smith & Nephew AWM 

Staff and Consultants
Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, AOCN, CHPN 
Vice President, Quality and Performance Improvement Visiting Nurse Associations of America
 
E. Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
Senior Quality Advisor
Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Best Practices to Improve Outcomes Following Joint Surgery
VNAA Work Group Roster
July, 2015

Alma Allen, RN, MSN, ACM
Director of Clinical Operations
Inova VNA Home Health
 
Maureen T. Bannan RN, MA, HN-BC
Executive Director
Walpole Area VNA
 
Sue Burtch, PT, MBA
Rehab Services Manager
 
Bridget Caniglia RN, CCRN
VP of Home Care
Visiting Nurse Association
 
Holly Chaffee
President and CEO
HChaffee@porchlighthomecare.org
 
Suzanne Clark, PT, DPT, GCS, COS-C
Staff Development Coordinator
NVNA and Hospice
 
Jean Costa, Rehab Manager

Adventist Healthcare
 
Lora Daughtry, RN, BSN, BCHH-C, HCS-O
Director Quality Improvement, Compliance & Education
Visiting Nurse Association
 
Mary DeVeau, President/CEO
Concord Regional V.N.A.
 
Andrea Dickerson, RN, BSN
VNA Nurse Manager - Cardiac
 
Meg Doherty
Executive Director
NVNA AND HOSPICE
 
Wendy Ebner RN, MSN, CRRN
Regional Homecare Director
VNA Health Group
 
Kelli Filosa, PT
Therapy Department Manager
VNA Community Healthcare
 
Andrea Foley, MSN, RN, CWCN
Director of  PI/Education
NVNA  AND HOSPICE
 
Lynette Godhard, RN, MGA
Director of Clinical Operations
Chief Privacy and Integrity Officer
Adventist Home Health
 
Lisa C. Greisler
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Visiting Nursing Association of WNY
 
Maureen R Hanlon RN BSN COS-C HCS-D
Director of Quality
Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice
 
Diane Howarth
Director of Quality
Wellspan VNA Home Care
 
Kameron R Kieffer, PT, MBA
Director, Rehabilitation Services
Intermountain Homecare and Hospice
 
Robin Kipple, RN
Advanced Home Care
Director of Disease Management and Practice Team
 
Amy Lafko, MSPT 
Director of Clinical Operations for Rehab Services- Home Health Services
WellSpan Health
 
Kim LaGue, PT
Chief Operating Officer
Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice
 
Elizabeth A. Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
 
Mary Anne McCabe, RN, BSN, MS, CCM
Director Quality/Accreditation
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group
 
Angel Means, MS, RN
VP of Quality and Education
Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties
 
Kyra Mihalick PT, DPT
Rehab Patient Care Manager
Visiting Nurse Association of Boston & Affiliates
 
Alisha Miller, MPT
Clinical Rehab Manager
Allina Health Home Health
 
Mary Ann Monaghan MBA, RN, CPHQ, LHRM
Associate Vice President of Clinical Services
Chapters Health System
 
Agnes Padernal, RN, PhD
Director of Home Health
Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
 
Frederick Pordum, PT, DPT, MBA
Director of Rehabilitation
Visiting Nursing Assoc of WNY
 
Lesa Prichard, RN, BSN, COS-C
Care Management Supervisor
Christiana Care VNA
 
Lynn Proulx
Rehab Director
Porchlight VNA/Home Care
 
Lisa Salamone
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
VNA of Northern New Jersey
 
Erin Shadbolt
 
Heather Smith, PT
Advanced Home Care
Program Dev Educator II
Program Development HH
 
Beth Slepian, PT
VP Education and Clinical Compliance
Concord Regional VNA

Marge Superior, RN, MSN
Clinical Director
Cape VNA
 
Linda M. Valentino, MSN, RN
Executive Vice President &
Chief of Clinical Transformation & Innovation
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
 
Bernadette Ward
Rehab Manager
 NVNA and Hospice
 
Holli Wiseman RN, MS
Clinical Educator
Colorado Visiting Nurse Association
 
Aminata Wurie, RN, MSN
Clinical Manager
Inova VNA Home Health
 
Staff and Consultants
Liza Greenberg, RN, MPH
Interim VP, Quality and Performance Improvement
 
Molly Smith
Vice President, Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Visiting Nurse Associations of America 


 

   
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