Nashua resident contributes to record-breaking fundraiser for VNA Care

Courtesy photo Nashua resident Linda Hope-Spring, left, pictured with Steven Strongwater, MD, president and CEO of Atrius Health and Heroes in Health Care honoree; Patricia Joyce, RN, community nurse with VNA Care and Heroes honoree; Todd Rose, CFO and interim CEO of VNA Care; and Tony Coles, MD, CEO and chairperson of Cerevel Therapeutics and Heroes honoree.

BOSTON – VNA Care, a nonprofit visiting nurse association, recently honored three health care leaders while raising a record-breaking $340,000 at its sold-out Heroes in Health Care Gala conducted at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston.

The Gala is VNA Care’s signature fundraising event and has raised millions in essential funding for home health care provided by the 133-year-old VNA Care and end-of-life care provided by VNA Hospice and Palliative Care.

“The success of the event would not have been possible without the financial support of our generous sponsors. We are also fortunate that the event brought together a tremendous group of people who are now more committed than ever to our mission and vision,” Laura Wise, manager of fund development, said.

During the gala, VNA Care presented Heroes in Health Care awards to Tony Coles, MD, CEO and chairperson of Cerevel Therapeutics; Steven Strongwater, MD, president & CEO of Atrius Health; and Patricia Joyce, RN, community nurse with VNA Care.

Amy and Joshua Boger served as Fund the Mission chairs. Presenting sponsors were Corridor and Homecare Homebase, and Trustee Sponsors were Amy and Joshua Boger, Medically Home and Mutual of America. Gala co-chairs were John Murphy and Linda Hope-Springer of Nashua. Gala committee co-chairs were Debra Angeloni and Renee Picard Walsh.

VNA Care was the first organized visiting nurse association in the U.S. and provides vital health care services in people’s homes in more than 200 Massachusetts communities. When a patient nears the end-of-life, specialized care focused on pain and symptom management is provided by VNA. For more information, visit http://www.vnacare.org.