Community VNA Awarded Grant for "CARE" Program

Community Visiting Nurse Association Awarded $300,000 New Jersey Health Initiatives Grant

November, 2011 -- Community Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA) is pleased to announce the kickoff of its Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-New Jersey Health Initiatives “Transitions in Care Program.”  The grant represents a collaborative effort among eight Somerset County health care providers seeking a joint approach to provide quality care, patient self management, and empowerment to individuals with chronic illnesses such as Congestive Health Failure and Diabetes.

The program termed “CARE,” A Collaborative Approach to Reach Patient Empowerment, will utilize an Advanced Practice Nurse to follow patients through “transitions of care” from the hospital to all other levels of care.  It will implement patient-centered initiatives, including customized disease management workbooks, personal health diaries, individual scales and educational offerings, to assist individuals to increase their knowledge and comfort with self-management. 

“Community VNA is proud to be on the forefront of new ideas and initiatives to promote the health care needs of our communities,” stated Alyce Brophy, President/CEO of Community VNA.  “We are proud to partner with the Community Visiting Nurse Association and our other local health care providers,” said Alyssa Kizun, Director of Care Management at Somerset Medical Center.  “By working together and consolidating our resources, we will make a difference in improving the health of our communities.”

The local health care providers collaborating in this effort include Community VNA, Somerset Medical Center, Arbor Glen Continuing Care, Bridgeway Care Center, Somerset Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Green Knoll Care and Rehabilitation Center, Greenbrook Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Raritan Health and Extended Care.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country.  As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.  When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need – the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.  For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.  To request services or information regarding the program, contact Community VNA at 908-725-9355.