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VNA of Care New England Nurse Earns Prestigious Nursing Award
Surrounded by her family and VNA of Care New England colleagues, Linda Zabbo, RN, BSN, of Coventry, accepted the Giving Excellence Meaning (GEM) Award from Nurse.com at a gala event in Boston on May 13, 2013. Awardees were selected by an all nurse panel of judges from an impressive group of nominees from throughout New England. Zabbo, of Coventry, was recognized as the registered nurse who best exemplifies outstanding clinical knowledge and nursing expertise in caring for patients in settings outside the hospital in the Home, Community and Ambulatory Care category.

As the Telemonitoring and Cardiac Care Coordinator at VNA of Care New England, Linda is the voice behind the telephone for most of the patients for whom she helps care. She is often the first person to know when a patient is experiencing a change in their condition; thanks to the vital signs they send her each day via the telemonitoring unit.

Recently, a patient wrote on their satisfaction survey, “I have never met Linda personally. I have only spoken with her over the phone. I feel as if I have known her forever. She is so helpful and kind, always available to answer my questions and never rushes me. I don’t know what I would do without her.”

Nancy Roberts, president and CEO of VNA of Care New England, commented, “Linda possesses a unique combination of both leadership and clinical skills and, because of this, has earned the respect of her colleagues. Linda has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals in need throughout her 30 year nursing career while raising her own family. It is rare to find an individual who has devoted that many years to the nursing profession who still finds excitement in its challenges and looks forward to figuring out how to make it better. We are grateful that she shares her talents with us, and we know, because we hear it each day, that the patients, their families and other health care providers feel the same. We are thrilled that Linda was recognized with the GEM Award.”

VNA of Care New England, founded in 1908, is a nonprofit Medicare and Medicaid certified home care and hospice agency, serving the home health, hospice, and community health needs of adults throughout Rhode Island. The agency employs more than 200 health care professionals and paraprofessionals and is accredited by the Joint Commission. VNA of Care New England is a member of the Care New England Health System that includes Butler, Kent, and Women & Infants Hospitals, and the Care New England Wellness Center.

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