Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit home health provider, celebrated its donors, 2023 Cornerstone Awardees, and its 110-year history at a special event last month at the Rochester Performance & Arts Center (RPAC) in downtown Rochester. In addition to special donors, attendees included current and former board members as well as past staff and current members of Cornerstone VNA’s clinical leadership team. This special event was generously underwritten by Daystar, a technology management company based in Newington, NH.

In recognition of Cornerstone VNA’s milestone anniversary, photos, articles, and stories were shared to shine the spotlight on the many healthcare heroes throughout the organization’s 110-year history. A special history timeline was on display along the brick wall at RPAC; a replica of a larger timeline that will be installed at the Cornerstone VNA office next month.

In keeping with tradition, President and CEO, Julie Reynolds RN, MS, announced the recipients of their Cornerstone Award, given each year to a local business, community member, volunteer, or staff member to recognize their dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.

Cornerstone Award Recipients

The first Cornerstone Award recipient of the night was Stella Marcotte, longtime Rochester resident and dedicated office volunteer at Cornerstone VNA. Since 1990, Stella has cheerfully worked behind the scenes to support their office staff and field staff. Stella continues to volunteer every week, and with her fast hands, she quickly completes any task she’s assigned. Upon accepting the award and expressing her gratitude, she received many smiles and words of adoration.

The second Cornerstone Award was presented to Rinda Madden of Rochester, who worked at Cornerstone VNA for many years before retiring from her position as Home Care Team Manager in 2016. Rinda first joined the rehabilitation team as a physical therapist in 1993. It was noted that over the years, Rinda experienced many transformations in home health care including mergers, technology enhancements and changes in reimbursement. Since her retirement, Rinda has remained closely connected to Cornerstone VNA. She has generously supported various initiatives and specialty programs throughout the years, and she and her husband, Dennis, are also proud members of the Norma Snow Legacy Society. The Legacy Society was established in 2016 in honor of Cornerstone VNA founder, Norma Snow, and recognizes individuals who have made a planned gift to Cornerstone VNA.

According to Erika Lee, Director of Advancement, “It was an honor to recognize Stella and Rinda, whose gift of time, talent and treasure have played such an important role in advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA.” Lee continues, “It was particularly poignant to celebrate them in this milestone year and in the company of so many people who share a passion for our mission.”

Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, President/CEO shares, “I continue to be inspired by the dedication and support that Cornerstone VNA receives for the important work that we do each and every day. Celebrating and awarding those who make a difference is so important.” Reynolds adds, “I hope others are inspired by this spirit of giving, and think about how they can make a difference by giving back.”Cornerstone Award recipients Stella Marcotte and Rinda Madden