VNA Home Health Hospice Foundation presents “Tour of Hawaii”

Join us for a delicious Hawaiian feast and entertainment by the Presque Isle Players to benefit hospice services for patients in Aroostook County.  The event will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Anah Temple Shriner’s Hall in Presque Isle, Maine.  Silent Auction: 4:30 – 6 pm; Dinner & Live Auction: 6:30 pm.

Tickets are $25 per person.  Tables of eight available.  Click here or call 207-973-5055.

Colleen Hilton Assumes Leadership of Rosscare

Brewer, Me – (January 19, 2017) – EMHS president and CEO, M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, is pleased to announce that Colleen Hilton, RN, has been named president of Rosscare, EMHS’ not-for-profit company that oversees the Rosscare Nursing Homes. Hilton is currently an EMHS senior vice president and president of the system’s VNA Home Health Hospice.

“Colleen has dedicated her distinguished career to ensuring quality homecare and hospice services are available throughout Maine. Those services are often closely linked to skilled or long-term care and rehabilitative services, so it makes sense to combine oversight of post-acute care under one office,” says Hood.

Hilton says she is thrilled with the opportunity. “As the nation’s Baby Boomers continue to age, the need for quality long-term care will continue to increase. It is also important to remember that long-term care is not just for the elderly, there are many Americans under the age of 65 who need help taking care of themselves due to diseases, disabilities, injury, and illness. I look forward to this new challenge and maintaining the quality of services for which Rosscare is well known,” Hilton says. Hilton takes over the Rosscare presidency from Jeffrey Doran, who will continue as vice president of system clinical services for EMHS and is working to advance a systemwide medical group.

Hilton has served in administrative capacities for the past 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Health Policy and Management from USM’s Muskie Institute, and is an alumna of the Daniel Hanley Health Leadership Development program. She has served on the Home Care Alliance of Maine Board of Directors, is a member of the Organization of Maine Nurse Executives, is a past chair of the Cumberland District Public Health Council and serves in other healthcare professional advisory roles. She was the first woman elected as mayor of the City of Westbrook and served three terms from 2009-2016. Hilton was recognized in 2016 by the HomeCare & Hospice Alliance of Maine with a Distinguished Service award, and was a 2007 recipient of the Department of Education Commissioner’s Recognition Award for her work in Truancy, Dropout and Alternative Education.

Rosscare is a not-for-profit company for Rosscare Nursing Homes, which is a 50/50 joint venture with First Atlantic Health. First Atlantic owns and operates 20 long-term care facilities throughout Maine. Together Rosscare and First Atlantic own six long-term care facilities, with First Atlantic serving as managing partner. Rosscare also operates Live Safe, a personal emergency response program with approximately 600 monthly subscribers in the Bangor and Waterville regions, and more than 500 subscribers in the Presque Isle area.



VNA Offering 6-week Grief Support Group Starting in December

VNA is offering a 6-week grief support group around the holidays for those grieving the death of a loved one.  The group will meet for 6 weeks starting December 2nd.

When:  Fridays, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, December 2nd through January 13th (no meeting 12/23/16)

Where:  VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Rd, South Portland, ME  04106

If you are interested in attending the group, you must speak with Linda Hopkins.  For more information, or to register, call Linda at 207-400-8714 or email


Three Nurses Recognized for Exceptional Hospice and Homecare in Maine

Posted Nov. 08, 2016, at 12:54 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (November 8, 2016) – Dedicated healthcare professionals and volunteers from across Maine were celebrated at the Annual Blaine House Tea on Thursday, November 3. Each year, the Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care, along with the Hospice Alliance of Maine, host an event to honor those who provide exceptional homecare and hospice support to individuals and families in Maine. Three of those outstanding individuals are employees of VNA Home Health Hospice and EMHS: Colleen Hilton, RN, president of VNA Home Health Hospice and senior vice president of EMHS; Kristine Rogers, RN, clinical nurse educator for VNA; and Lisa Harvey-McPherson, RN, EMHS vice president of government relations and National Association for Home Care and Hospice board member.

“I am honored,” said Colleen Hilton. Hilton received the Distinguished Service Award for her leadership, insight, and compassion. “I am very thankful for the wonderful team of skilled clinicians around me who provide care to 1,500 patients receiving our services each day across the state of Maine.”

Kristine Rogers is one of those skilled clinicians who was also honored during this annual event as Caregiver of the Year for her outstanding commitment to the care of her patients. “She always goes above and beyond for patients and the community she serves,” Hilton said about Rogers. “Every year at Christmas, she arranges for VNA to adopt a family in need and provide for them a Christmas they would otherwise not be able to afford. In areas where acute nursing shortages exist, Kris was the first staff nurse to offer to travel to some of our other sites to help out. For many months, she traveled to our Bangor office as a trainer for new nurses in addition to providing patient care. Kris is a resourceful problem solver and finds creative ways to meet patient needs.”

The need for affordable and effective healthcare, homecare, and hospice services will only increase to meet the demand of a growing elderly population. In recognition of her dedication to assuring access to these critical services, Lisa Harvey-McPherson was recognized as Advocate of the Year. “I am honored to have received this award,” shares Harvey-McPherson. “Today, one in five Mainers are 65 or older and they want to age at home. Homecare is more affordable than hospitalized care at a third of the cost. As an organization, EMHS is developing programs to help Mainers do just that. I’m pleased to have dedicated my life’s work to helping Maine people successfully age in place, where they are most comfortable.”

EMHS member organizations share common values and work to ensure delivery of the right care, at the right time, and in the right place. VNA Home Health Hospice, a member of EMHS and based in South Portland, provides home and hospice care in locations throughout southern, eastern, and northern Maine. You can learn more about EMHS, VNA, and our advocacy work by visiting:,, and



VNA Hospice Volunteer Receives 6 Who Care Award


We are so proud to announce that our Hospice Volunteer, Mary Ann McLean, received the 6 Who Care Award!  Mary Ann has been a volunteer with VNA for 15 years, providing compassionate, loving support to those who are in the final stages of life.  Congratulations Mary Ann, and thank you for all that you do for our patients and their families!                              Click here to watch the video.


VNA Hospice Employee Receives CHPN Certification

VNA Home Health Hospice is proud to announce that Sheryl Blanke, RN, BSN and Supervisor of Hospice Services for Bangor/Ellsworth, passed her CHPN exam, and is now a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse!  Congratulations on this accomplishment!
Sheryl worked in many different community venues moving around the country with the military. VNA is her first hospice experience, and she was apprehensive at first. “I absolutely love hospice,” Sheryl says.  “I am so grateful for this opportunity.”

Hospice and palliative care patients are better served by clinicians certified to provide that care.  Pain and symptom management competencies, expertise and commitment to quality at end of life, and understanding the needs of patients and families are core values in the certification program creating advocates and teachers.

Being Mortal – A Facilitated Conversation, October 5th in Presque Isle

Isn’t it time we admit we are only mortal?  VNA Hospice of Aroostook is hosting a facilitated conversation on the N.Y. Times Bestseller “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande on Wednesday, October 5th, from 6-7:30pm.  Perhaps you’ve read the book.  Now hear directly from the people who work in hospice and palliative care every day.  Bring your book, your questions and your thoughts.  Our hospice physician Dr. David Jones and members of the Hospice and Palliative Care team will be present to listen to your questions, provide answers and help you make a plan for the future.  This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held at the University of Maine Presque Isle, Campus Center Allagash Room 204, 181 Main Street, Presque Isle.

To reserve your seat, please call Jaime Rockwell at 207-538-8944 or email  We look forward to seeing you there.

Celebrity Dessert & Auction Fundraiser October 13, 2016 in Bangor, Me

At 5:3chocolate-desserts0 pm on Thursday, October 13 VNA Home Health Hospice will open the doors to the annual Celebrity Dessert and Auction at The Spectacular Event Center in Bangor.  Hosted by WABI TV5’s Joy Hollowell and Todd Simcox, this event raises funds to support Hospice of Eastern Maine and its program for grieving children, Pathfinders.

This year we will honor Helen Genco, past CEO of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, BAVN, and its programs. During her tenure Helen had the insight, vision, and leadership to merge with Hospice of Eastern Maine, and welcomed the opportunity to manage the Pathfinders Program. Helen also saw the organization through a changing homecare landscape, where people were released back to the home with more and more complex issues.

There will be fabulous hors d’oeuvres, and desserts from area chefs and restaurants to eat while Joy and Todd auction off many fabulous items including a weekend in New York City.

Please plan on joining us. Reservations are $20/person. For more information please call us at 400-8724.

VNA LifeStages Employee Joins Aging Life Care Association

Ann PSouth Portland, Maine (April 12, 2016) – VNA Home Health Hospice is pleased to announce that Ann Phillips, RN, BSN, CCM, was recently accepted as an advanced professional member of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA). Phillips has been practicing as an aging life care professional (also known as a geriatric care manager) since 2014. As a member of ALCA, Phillips adheres to the standards of practice and code of ethics developed by the association and its members to ensure public accountability.

“Ann has a passion for helping older adults in our community and we are very proud to have her as a member of our VNA Lifestages care management team,” said Lisa Fuller, vice president of Business Development at VNA Home Health Hospice. “The ALCA is the gold standard of aging life care. Ann’s acceptance into this organization recognizes her skills, accomplishments, and commitment to ethical standards.”

As an aging life care professional Philips provides guidance and advocacy for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults. She assists clients with the challenges of aging, such as finding appropriate housing and in-home care. With a specialized focus on issues related to aging she provides clients with referrals to medical providers or elder law attorneys, as well as the support that provides families peace of mind.

New Hospice Medical Director for Hancock County Homecare and Hospice

Brewer, Maine (April 11, 2016) – VNA Home Health Hospice is pleased to announce that Vanessa C. Little, DO, has been selected as hospice medical director for Hancock County Homecare and Hospice.

Dr. Little is a boarDr. Littled certified family physician and is also board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. She has been dedicated to hospice and palliative care for the past eight years beginning as a hospice and palliative medicine fellow at the University of Connecticut. From there, she moved to California as a hospice physician at Pathways Home Health and Hospice and then to El Camino Hospital as co-medical director of Palliative Care. Her most recent experience was as chief medical director at Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Little join our hospice and palliative care team” said Colleen Hilton, RN, president and CEO of VNA Home Health Hospice. “Dr. Little’s extensive experience in hospice and palliative care make her uniquely qualified for this position.”

“We are excited to raise our daughters in Bar Harbor, a place defined by beauty, nature, and community; we love it here,” said Dr. Little. She moved back to Maine two years ago with her husband, Nathan Donaldson, DO, and their two daughters, Matie and Allie.