Volunteer Opportunity for The Legacy Project


About the Legacy Project: This project will create a free, special one of a kind DVD for our hospice patients.  This will provide a keepsake that will be cherished by families for years to come.  This project will be done by hospice volunteers.  VNA is in need of computer savvy people to volunteer on this project.    

To learn more about this project contact:

Beth Simmons, Volunteer Coordinator



50 Foden Road, South Portland

Hospice of Eastern Maine offers free spring grief support group

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Hospice of Eastern Maine, 885 Union St., Suite 220, Bangor, Maine

For more information: 207-973-8269

BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine, announces its spring 2016 Grief Support Group to be held 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, May 3-June 7, at the Hospice office, 885 Union St., Suite 220.

The six week support group offers adults the opportunity to learn about grief, share their experiences, and practice healthy coping techniques. This group is open to any adult 18 years and older who is dealing with the death of a loved one.

The group is free of charge, but will be limited to a maximum of 12 participants. Participants should plan to attend all six Tuesday sessions and no new participants will be accepted after May 10 in order to maintain group integrity.

Anyone interested in attending the group must speak with the Bereavement Coordinator Joel Wiggin at 973-8269 in order to reserve their spot in the group.

Harvest Magazine Publishes Article on VNA Hospice

Harvest Magazine, a publication of the Catholic Diocese of Portland, published an article in their March issue on Hospice: An End of Life Journey telling the story of one of our clients and how VNA hospice services have made such a difference for her at end of life. Our Hospice Director, Chris Turner RN, our Medical Doctor, Dr. Lalaine Llanto, and our Palliative Care Coordinator, Robin Hirsch-Wright LCSW, were interviewed and provided information about Hospice and Palliative care.  More importantly, our client was also interviewed and shared photos from her life and her story.  It is a very touching article, especially since our client passed away 5 days after the interview. Please take the time to read about her end of life journey here.


VNA Home Health Hospice Celebrates Support from Hannaford

good karma bagsSouth Portland, Maine (February 23, 2016) – VNA Home Health Hospice has been selected as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program for the month of March. For every blue Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag purchased at the Hannaford Supermarket in South Portland, $1 will be donated to VNA Home Health Hospice.
This program has been designed to support local nonprofits like VNA Home Health Hospice. VNA is committed to providing clinically excellent, compassionate home health, and hospice care to individuals and their families in Maine. The money raised will be used for hospice care for those in need. VNA manages a hospice respite program for people with limited or no insurance. The hospice respite program provides a caregiver for overnights so a family member can get some rest knowing someone is with their loved one.
“We are very excited to be the recipient of this honor,” said Colleen Hilton, RN, president and CEO of VNA. “This is a wonderful way to raise money for our organization, increase awareness of all of our services, and help the environment at the same time.”
The Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program at the Hannaford Supermarket on 415 Philbrook Avenue in South Portland. The program will occur from March 1 to 31.

Hancock County Home Care Expanding

Ellsworth, Maine (January 11, 2016) – Hancock County Home Care (HCHC) is undergoing an expansion to better serve the Hancock county region community. Their office space at 441 Main Street in Ellsworth has recently doubled in size to incorporate the growth in existing nursing, therapy, and hospice services and the expansion to new private duty services in 2016.
“We are very excited about our expansion in Hancock County. We are committed to this area and are looking forward to a long future of providing the best care for residents in their home,” said Colleen Hilton, RN, president and CEO of VNA.
Lisa Fuller, vice president of Business Development, agrees. “We are proud of our organization and dedicated staff. We see significant opportunities for growth through the introduction of new services designed to provide support for residents who want to stay healthy and age in place.”
Hancock County Home Care was recently recognized in the top 25 percent of Home Care Providers in the country for patient satisfaction according to the national survey known as HHCAHPS (Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems).
Hancock County Home Care provides nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health aides, and hospice services to the local area. Hancock County Home Care is a division of VNA Home Health Hospice and a member of EMHS.

Hancock County Home Care Recognized Nationally

Ellsworth, Maine (November 19, 2015) – Hancock County Home Care (HCHC) was recently recognized as one of the country’s highest performing home care agencies in the area of Patient Satisfaction. HCHC scored in the top 25 percent of Fazzi Associates National Patient Satisfaction survey known as HHCAHPS (Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). This survey is one of home care’s oldest, largest and most respected patient satisfaction benchmarking systems. Agencies in the top 25 percent are recognized as proven leaders who have excelled in one of the most important measures of an agency’s quality program.
“I am incredibly proud of Hancock County Home Care” said Colleen Hilton, RN, president and CEO of VNA. “To be recognized for patient satisfaction is the highest honor and a tribute to every member of the HCHC team.”
Beth Rolfe, vice president of Clinical Operations, agrees. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and it is so rewarding to see our efforts recognized by our patients and our community.”
Hancock County Home Care provides nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health aides and hospice services to the local area. HCHC is part of VNA Home Health Hospice.

Richard Duncan is Board Member of the Year

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Brewer, Maine (November 20, 2015) – VNA Home Health Hospice is very pleased to announce that Richard (Rick) Duncan, an Eastern Maine Home Care Board Member, has been recognized as the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine’s Board Member of the Year.

In addition to being a kind and compassionate Board Member, Rick Duncan harnesses those qualities to be a caring, dedicated hospice volunteer. Easing the end-of life journey for patients and families is a priority for Rick. He has been a caregiver for numerous families over the years and has a close relationship with those he has helped locally, as well as in the jungles and cities of Central & South America. Rick has also been a powerful force as Chairman of the Board of the Aroostook House of Comfort. Rick is leading the charge to raise money to start the House of Comfort, a soon-to-be 6 bed Hospice House in Presque Isle.

“We are very proud to have Rick Duncan as a member of our Board” said Colleen Hilton, RN, President and CEO of VNA Home Health Hospice. “Rick’s experience and exposure to home care and hospice services makes him an extremely valuable member of our team.”

Save the Date for DRIVEN!

Save the Date for DRIVEN, VNA’s second annual art exhibition and sale.  Enjoy and explore works by Maine artists Anne Ireland, Henry Isaacs, ML Norton, Jac Ouellette, Jean Pilk, Phoebe Porteous, Holly Ready, Jan ter Weele, and the students of Dennis Rafferty at Huntington Common.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
5:30-7:30 PM
U.S. Custom House
312 Fore Street
Portland, Maine

Honorary Chair of the event is The Honorable Susan Collins.
Event Chair is Jean Pilk.

For more information, please call 207-879-3614.