Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts recently visited the VNA of Care New England for a briefing on their role in home care and in the overall continuum of healthcare. Later, Lt. Governor Roberts went to the home of Mrs. Marjorie Tingle of Warwick, a VNA patient, where Meghan Kane, VNA of Care New England’s home care nurse provided care. Nancy Roberts, President and CEO of VNA of Care New England said, “It was our honor to have Lt. Governor Roberts come to our organization to observe first-hand the important role the VNA of Care New England plays in home healthcare and then witness how this care is delivered in the home. At VNA of Care New England, we recognize that it is essential that we work together with other healthcare partners to ensure that transitioning from one care setting to another such as hospital or nursing home to home is managed safely and effectively for the sake of our patients. We shared how this may be successfully accomplished with Lt. Governor Roberts and are most appreciative of the time she took to listen.”
Lt. Governor Roberts, a long time advocate for high quality, cost effective and appropriate care for all Rhode Islanders was appointed by Governor Chafee as Chair of the RI Healthcare Reform Commission to oversee the implementation of national health reform law in Rhode Island. She also chaired the “Healthy RI Task Force”. The group issued its final report in September 2010. In its summary, the report stressed the need to develop new care models and encouraged medical providers to join forces to provide more coordinated care. Lt. Governor Roberts was able to witness how the VNA of Care New England is working toward making this a reality for Rhode Islanders.