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4 Honorees at Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester & Putnam Gala Share Personal Links to Nursing

Lynn Bagliebter of Scarsdale, Margaret Leonard of Tarrytown, Marjorie Kraus and Joan DiPalma of Rye Will Be Recognized at VNSWP Spring Benefit Gala on May 10th for Helping the Agency Increase Access to Nursing Care in the Community

PRLog - May 3, 2012 - WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Joan DiPalma, RN, a former operating room nurse at Fordham Hospital, has a special interest in the health care needs of senior citizens. While serving on the board of Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester & Putnam (VNSWP), she pushed to launch the agency’s “Ask the Visiting Nurse” program, which offers health screenings and one-on-one counseling to older residents of Westchester. Over the years, the “Ask the Visiting Nurse” program grew to include visits to more than 60 senior, assisted living, and community centers throughout the county, enabling seniors to lead healthier, happier, and more independent lives.

Ms. DiPalma, a resident of Rye, along with Lynn Bagliebter of Scarsdale, Margaret Leonard of Tarrytown, and Marjorie Kraus of Rye, will be honored on May 10, 2012 at VNSWP’s 2012 Spring Benefit Gala, which will be held at the Historic Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson in Tarrytown. Michael Gargiulo, co-anchor of WNBC-TV’s “Today in New York” and a resident of Larchmont, will be the Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

“We value the contribution of each of these four outstanding members of our community,” notes Elias “Lou” Nemnom, President & CEO of Westchester Visiting Nurse Services Group, Inc., the parent company of VNSWP and its home health aide affiliate Westchester Care at Home. “As a community-based agency, we draw our strength from our colleagues and friends, and we, in turn, give back to the community through outreach, educational programs, and most importantly, excellent care for patients at home, reducing the length of hospital stays and the incidence of re-hospitalizations.”

Generous Support at a Crucial Time

VNSWP finds itself at a busy intersection of two societal shifts. As the population ages in Westchester and Putnam, there is increased demand for skilled nursing care at home. At the same time, governments are hard pressed to increase budgets to cover the cost of care. VNSWP is not reimbursed for all of the care it gives, and therefore, it depends on donors, board members, and health care partners such as its four Gala honorees to help it fulfill its mission of improving the health and well-being of community residents.

All four, who have personal links to nursing, will receive awards at the Gala for their to assistance to VNSWP. In addition to presenting Ms. DiPalma with the Katharine McCloskey Wilson Award at the Gala, VNSWP will show its appreciation to:

Lynn Bagliebter, First Senior Vice President at Hudson Valley Bank, who has used her banking expertise to help finance health care and not-for-profit organizations. She will receive the Distinguished Service Award for her contributions to the financial health of community organizations, as well as her service to VNSWP. A member of the VNSWP board until this past January, , Ms. Bagliebter has helped VNSWP navigate  complex reimbursement changes. Ms. Bagliebter lives in Scarsdale.

Margaret Leonard, M.S., R.N.-B.C., CFP, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Hudson Health Plan, who will receive the Community Leadership Award. A resident of Tarrytown, Ms. Leonard leads a team of nurse case managers who oversee the care of members with complex or chronic conditions. She frequently refers and authorizes VNSWP to provide all clinical home care services in a member’s home. Stating that her nurse case managers share common values with VNSWP nurses, she notes that nurses develop a relationship with a patient and an understanding of the patient’s needs that few other health care providers can match.

Marjorie Kraus, who will receive the Donor Recognition Award for her steadfast support for 20 years. Mrs. Kraus fondly remembers her mother, Beatrice Jacobs, and her mother’s passion for the visiting nurse profession. From 1949 to 1958, Mrs. Jacobs served as President of the Visiting Nurse Association of Mt. Vernon, one of the seven Westchester VNS agencies to merge into what ultimately became VNSWP. Mrs. Kraus, a resident of Rye, explains that her memory of the dedicated visiting nurses at her mother’s agency has inspired her to continue to support VNSWP as long as she can.

A Festive Spring Gala

VNSWP’s 2012 Spring Benefit Gala will be take place on May 10th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Historic Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson. The evening will start with cocktails on the outdoor terrace amid the estate’s beautiful gardens, followed by a sumptuous tasting dinner menu in the historic Biddle Mansion. After dinner, guests will be treated to a delectable dessert buffet, and throughout the evening they will have a chance to explore a trove of desirable Silent Auction items.

To purchase tickets or for more information,, please visit http://www.vns.org/news.html or call Joyce Infante, Director of Development, at 914-682-1480 x 649 or email her at jinfante@vns.org.

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