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  • New Hampshire Magazine Names Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, CEO, Cornerstone VNA as a 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipient

    Reynolds among 13 recipients to be honored at third annual award reception this fall

    ROCHESTER — Cornerstone VNA congratulates its own Julie Reynolds, RN, MS and president/Chief Executive Officer on being awarded the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award in Nurse Leadership by New Hampshire Magazine. In partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association, New Hampshire Magazine launched the Excellence in Nursing Awards in 2018 to put the spotlight on nurses’ skills and contributions as critical members of any health care team. A special event celebrating all recipients is planned for Oct. 22 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown.

    Reynolds began her role as the CEO of Cornerstone VNA in January 2013, and has more than three decades of experience in the home care and hospice industry. Reynolds understands that health care is constantly changing and that home care plays an important role in improving the health and well-being of the community. Under her leadership, the team at Cornerstone VNA has received many local and national accolades, and is well positioned for continued growth and success.

    According to longtime Cornerstone VNA Board of Trustees member, Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, “Julie has invested in staff development to continually improve their knowledge and earn specialty certifications. This has led to improved patient outcomes and high employee satisfaction. She constantly challenges the team and has invested in technology that improves patient outcomes.” Fitzpatrick adds, “Julie is deeply committed to Cornerstone VNA as well as the home health care industry. She has met with political leaders in Washington to discuss the important issues facing home care organizations. And she has demonstrated the passion and knowledge necessary to successfully lead a nonprofit organization in health care which is experiencing constant change and challenges.”

    After working for several years in a hospital, Reynolds transitioned to working in home care in 1986, when the need for skilled care at home was increasing. “This is where I found my passion,” she says. “I could see the results of my work and the benefits of patient education, care at home and the teamwork required for it,” she adds. “It was apparent that there was a learning gap in the home care industry, and this really drove me to learn more about it and share my knowledge with my peers. It’s very rewarding to be able to look back from then to now and see the amazing strides that we have made along the way.”

    “Nurses go above and beyond to comfort, heal and educate their patients, patients’ families and peers,” said Rick Broussard, editor of New Hampshire Magazine. “Nurses like Julie are crucial to the overall health and wellness of Granite Staters. We congratulate Julie on the incredible work she has done and look forward to celebrating her accomplishments this fall.”

    2020 Excellence in Nursing Award Recipients


    Category Recipient Hospital or Practice

    Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Rachel Ritter Collaborative Anesthesia Partners

    Ambulatory Care Nursing Lisa Lang Foundation Medical Partners

    Cardiovascular Nursing Pamela Laflamme Elliot Cardiovascular Consultants, Elliot Health System

    Emergency Nursing Kelsey Pearl Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

    Gerontologic & Long Term Care Nursing Julie Percy Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord Primary Care

    Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Sharry Keller Dartmouth-Hitchcock Palliative Medicine Team

    Maternal-Child Health Nursing Patricia Roncone Southern New Hampshire Medical Center

    Medical-Surgical Nursing Kelly Snow Elliot Hospital

    Nurse Educators and Nurse

    Researchers Alyssa O’Brien University of New Hampshire Department of Nursing

    Nurse Leader Julie Reynolds Cornerstone Visiting Nurses Association

    Pediatric & School Nursing Samantha Presby Lafayette Regional Elementary School

    Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Kimberly Anick New Hampshire Hospital

    Public Health Nursing Theresa Calope City of Nashua, Division of Public Health and Community Services


    To learn more about the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award recipients, visit www.nhmagazine.com/excellence-in-nursing.

    About Cornerstone VNA:

    Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.


    About New Hampshire Magazine: New Hampshire Magazine is the essential guide to living in the Granite State, each month joining readers in a quest for all the best the state has to offer. With over 20,000 annual subscribers, New Hampshire Magazine presents features on the most fascinating people, most entertaining places and most delicious cuisine and includes departments covering everything from health to home to humor.