VNA's Chronic Care Staff Achieve Professional Certification

Monday, August 23, 2010 Press Release
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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 23 Eight members of the clinical staff of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia (VNA) have completed education and training to achieve Chronic Care Professional Certification (CCP). The certification was awarded by Health Sciences Institute, St. Petersburg, FL. CCP is the only nationally recognized program of its type.

Individual CCP certification is attained upon successful completion of the CCP learning program and online examination. CCP is an advanced learning program that includes practical content, action learning and motivational interviewing to prepare the clinicians to address the real-world challenges of medical care. The six RN's and two Nurse Practitioners completing certification training are: Monica Coleman, RN, BSN, Jaymole George, RN, MSN, CRNP, Cheryl Malloy, RN, Amy Neering, RN, BSN, Joan Raftery, RN, BSN, Kathryn Sakautzki, RN, MSN, CRNP, Linda Stankiewicz, RN, BSN, Nicole Thatcher, RN, BSN.

The VNA sponsored certification programs for all members of its Chronic Care Program team. Upon achieving certification for all Chronic Care clinicians, the VNA has attained CCP Staff Accreditation Status by Health Sciences Institute.

"The advanced training and CCP certification of our clinicians will enable the VNA to effectively address the needs of our chronically ill patients by providing them with coaching, support and the tools they need for self-management," said Karen Alston, VNA's Senior Vice President of Home Health. "Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death as well as hospitalizations in Pennsylvania. As our population ages, the incidence of chronic diseases will rise. It is essential for our clinicians to have expert knowledge and employ evidence-based clinical interventions to promote positive outcomes for our patients."

Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia

The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia is a leading not-for-profit provider of comprehensive 24-hour in-home healthcare to residents of Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery and Bucks counties. Since 1886, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia has provided specialized services to Southeastern Pennsylvania residents regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia or the services it provides, visit or call 1-800-VNA-1160.

Hospice of Philadelphia

Hospice of Philadelphia, a service of the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, provides home care, respite and inpatient services to patients with progressive illnesses. Other services provided for patient comfort and family support include alternative therapies, bereavement care and pastoral counseling, which help promote the patients' and families' well-being.

SOURCE Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia

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