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VNA's Social Worker, Chundra Williams, receives Licensed Clinical Social Worker Certification

Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis is proud to congratulate Chundra Williams, MSW, on achieving her certification as a Licensed Clinical  Social Worker.  Chundra has been with VNA since 2014.

This is a great acheivement and we are proud that Chundra is part of our organization!



Chundra celebrating her achievement with her coworkers.


VNA hosts area healthcare leaders to discuss Advanced Illness Management and Palliative Care program expansion to region

With chronic, life-threatening or debilitating illness affecting millions of people in the US and thousands in the St. Louis region, Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis hosted area healthcare leaders to discuss its program that will fill the gap in service for people afflicted with these illnesses.


Beginning June 1, 2016 VNA will introduce its home community-based Advanced Illness Management/Palliative Care program. VNA is one of the only community-based, nonprofit providers in the region. VNA's program helps relieve the burden of serious illness by providing exceptional care to patients and families through symptom management, complementing the patient's medical care with their primary care physician. VNA's program enables patients and their families to achieve the highest quality of life regardless of the type of chronic illness or the trajectory of the illness. VNA prepares patients and families to transition along life's continuum in the comforts of the patient or family members' home in order to address the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs while assuring autonomy, access to information, and patient's wishes at the end-of-life.



Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis has announced the appointment of four new board members: Dr. Russell Won, MD; Jessica Portis; Barbara Turkington; and, Louise Probst.


Dr. Won is a general practitioner who has been a physician for 36 years. He is a founding member of the Southside Physician Hospital organization.


Ms. Portis is an investment and financial professional with a background in both traditional and alternative investment strategies used by institutional investors. Ms. Portis is a partner with Mercer, a leading St. Louis-based investment firm.


Ms. Turkington, recognized for her executive leadership and marketing skills, is the Assistant Director for Advancement at St. Louis County Library. Previously, she was the Executive Director at Oasis. Turkington also had a distinguished 20-year military career having served as a Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force.


Ms. Probst is the Executive Director for St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, a position she’s held since 2003. Her entire career has been in healthcare, beginning as an ICU RN and Nurse Manager at various hospitals in the U.S.


“We are so fortunate to add these four remarkable individuals to our board,” said Nesa Joseph, Ed.D, president and chief executive officer of Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis. “The expertise that each of these individuals brings to our board will serve the further expansion of our organization’s future.” Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis is at the center of the continuum of care for life through on-site wellness screening and education, vaccinations, senior services, palliative care and end-of-life hospice care. With over 100 years of service in healthcare, Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis has earned the trust of families and organizations throughout the St. Louis area as their resource for life.

VNA Appoints Four New Board Members
VNA Chosen as Screening Site for "Being Mortal" - Mark Your Calendar 

Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis has been chosen by the Hospice Foundation of America to be a screening site for the "Being Mortal Project".  The screening of this movie will be:

 June 22nd at 6:00 pm

Grant's View Library - 9700 Musick Road, St. Louis, MO 63123


The movie is based on the best-selling novel, "Being Mortal" by Boston surgeon, Atul Gawande. "Being Mortal" is about life, death, medicine and what matters in the end. The book he wrote and this movie is "changing medicine -- and lives."  


The movie follows Dr. Gawande as he explores the end-of-life conversations among doctors, patients and their families.  Following the film, participate in a discussion with a panel of experts concerning the issues people may face at the end of life and how to have the conversations that matter most about our wishes.


Contact the St. Louis County Library Grant's View Branch to register. This event is free but seating is limited.


We hope you will join us for this informative and important event.


Many thanks to the Alzheimer's Association and the St. Louis County Library for their support in this event. 


VNA Exceeds GIVESTL Day Goal  - - Many Thanks

Visiting Nurse Association of Greater St. Louis is honored to have received $1,105.00 from the GiveSTL Day.  Our goal was $1,000 to provide healthcare education in our community.  Many thanks to everyone who made a donation.


Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve the needs of our community.


SeniorsCount Initiative Educates Community on Healthcare Issues

SeniorsCount of Greater St. Louis is a community initiative to educate citizens in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County about serious gaps in funding and delivery of services for residents 60 years of age and older who wish to continue to live independently.


Seeks to improve the health, nutrition and quality of life for adults 60 and older.

We seek to improve the health, nutrition and quality of life for adults 60 and older

Issues include gaps in:


  • Transportation

  • Nutirition

  • Home maintenance/safety

  • Care coordination

  • Medicare/Medicaid

  • Behavioral health

  • Socialization

  • Homemaker services

  • Respite services


To find out more about this initiative, visit


Dottie Schonlau receives VOYCE Caregiver of the Year award

Visiting Nurse, Dottie Schonlau, is honored at the 2015 VOYCE Caregiver Awards luncheon in

St. Louis on December 3, 2015. 


Dottie has been a Visiting Nurse for many years in St. Louis, and she is often recognized for her leadership, faith and compassion in her daily work. 




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