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Candace Hennessy, PhD, RN, named president of Aurora Visiting Nurse Association

Friday, November 09, 2007

Candace Hennessy, PhD, RNCandace Hennessy, has been promoted to Aurora vice president and president of the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin.

"Candy's extensive leadership experience, her passion for quality care and her commitment to Aurora's values make her an outstanding choice to lead the VNA," said Susan Ela, RN, senior clinical vice president of Aurora and president of the organization's Metro Region. Hennessy succeeds Ela in the role.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association is Wisconsin's leading provider of home health care services. The VNA also offers home and residential hospice care, Mobile Meals and durable medical equipment, and each fall the VNA conducts the state's most ambitious influenza vaccination program, providing flu shots for tens of thousands of Wisconsin residents.

This year Aurora VNA is celebrating its 100th anniversary of service, and it recently marked another milestone by providing its one-millionth flu shot during its Shoo the Flu & Pneumonia Too! public flu clinics.

"I am honored to be joining the many dedicated caregivers at the VNA and look forward to building on the agency's rich tradition of service to patients throughout eastern Wisconsin," Hennessy said.

In Hennessy's previous position as vice president of nursing and clinical integration for Aurora's Central Region, she has provided leadership for all patient care services at Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center and Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh.

During her 37 years in nursing, Hennessy has been on the administrative staffs of five different hospitals. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Wright State University and her master of science degree in nursing from The Ohio State University. Hennessy earned her PhD from Marquette University and is a member of the American Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau. She is a resident of Brookfield.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers care at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Sue Pierman (414-647-6432)

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