Business NH Magazine recently named Cornerstone VNA as the Business of the Decade in the Health Care Industry. Business NH Magazine invited the winners of their Business of the Year and Business Leader of the Year awards between 2011 and 2019 to apply for the Business of the Decade competition. Cornerstone VNA was the 2019 Healthcare Business of the Year and eligible to apply. Nearly 50 judges participated in scoring the applications through two rounds of judging to determine the winners. Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care organization, was selected for this esteemed award for their business success, their contributions to the community, and their leadership within their industry. This award is a reflection of Cornerstone VNA’s commitment to ensuring that patients and their families receive the very best care, not only in the last decade but the last century as well.
As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA places great value transforming the home health care experience and works tirelessly to provide programs and services that promote healthy and informed communities. Their team identifies opportunities to provide the most advanced care at home, such as high-tech telehealth technology and expert clinical specialties. They are on the cutting edge of care with their sepsis protocol and training and well-respected Community Palliative Care program.
According to Board Chair, Paul Drager, “This award shines a light on the organization’s work of providing high quality care, innovative services, and support for our local communities.” Drager continues, “It is an honor to receive recognition as Business of the Decade and I congratulate the entire Cornerstone VNA team and volunteers, as well as our individual donors, businesses and foundations who support this important nonprofit. In addition, we are grateful for the tremendous community support we have been given throughout the years.”
Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone VNA shares, “I have such gratitude for our staff and for their continued passion for caring, not only for our patients and the community, but for each other.” Reynolds adds, “We have experienced significant growth since our 100 year anniversary in 2013, and this prestigious award is a wonderful way to celebrate and proudly reflect on our achievements over the past decade.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of everyone, and health care organizations in particular have had to make important adjustments in order to keep their staff and patients safe and healthy. According to Reynolds, “This pandemic was not something we ever expected, but I am so impressed by our team and how quickly and efficiently they responded to this incredible challenge.” Reynolds credits much of the organization’s success, particularly during this public health crisis, to their continued commitment to professional staff development, ongoing improvements in technology infrastructure, a strong focus on emergency preparedness, and a caring and supportive community.
The competition and event are a partnership between Business NH Magazine and the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce executives. All businesses must be nominated by a chamber of commerce executive. Fellow award winners include:
- Business Leader of the Year: Howard Brodsky, Chair and CEO of CCA Global Partners
- Business Services: McLane Middleton in Manchester
- Construction/Engineering/Real Estate: Nobis Group in Concord
- Education/Nonprofit: Catholic Charities NH in Manchester
- Financial Services/Insurance: Bank of NH in Laconia
- Health Care: Cornerstone Visiting Nurse Association in Rochester
- Hospitality/Tourism: Great NH Restaurants in Bedford
- Manufacturing/Technology: Hypertherm in Hanover
- Retail/Wholesale: Palmer Gas & Oil in Atkinson
- Business Assistance Organization: NH Small Business Development Center in Durham
Awards will be presented at a special soiree on Tuesday, October 13, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Hotel in Manchester. Sponsors include Presenting Sponsor People’s United Bank; Platinum Sponsors Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Eversource; Nonprofit Sponsor NH Charitable Foundation; Gold Sponsor Anagnost Companies. The Program Sponsor is Northeast Delta Dental, the Centerpiece Sponsor is Sheehan Phinney and the Napkin Sponsor is Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Tickets are $95 per person or $950 for a table of 10.
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the NH Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives scholarship fund. To register, please visit www.businessnhmagazine.com/events/business-of-the-decade.
Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.