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Aurora VNA 2011 Annual Report

Message from Eileen Scharenbroch, Board Chair

Eileen scharenbrochIt's so amazing to be involved with one of our state’s oldest and most extensive home health agencies. I had the honor and privilege to again serve as the chair for the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association board of directors.

As part of an integrated health system, the Aurora VNA is playing a significant role in keeping, people out of the hospital – something that helps lower the costs of care while improving quality of life. In fact, most days we care for more people at home than the total number of patients admittedto Aurora hospitals.

In 2011, the Aurora VNA's commitment to providing quality, consistent care continued to touch more people in many ways.

  • The number of children cared for increased 14 percent from the previous year.
  • Increasing numbers of patients relied on the VNA for essential home medical equipment.
  • The number of infusion therapy patients increased three percent.
  • Each day, we cared for 2,324 patients - an increase of 41 more patients a day.

Our patients' experience with Aurora VNA was among the best in the nation. Once again we were among the nation's HomeCare Elite*. That means we are in the top tier of more than 10,000 home health agencies across the country.

Our commitment and level of care for the many children cared for in 2011 was recognized in a new partnership where the Aurora VNA is the preferred provider for in-home pediatric services throughout the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin service area.

I'm particularly proud of the Aurora VNA's long history of community support and partnerships. In 2011, we continued to have the support of the United Way in Milwaukee and other communities. This included important financial support and the assistance of volunteers. Thank you to volunteers from U.S. Bank who partnered with the Aurora Adult Day Center as part of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee's "Days of Caring." This event allowed 46 day center clients the opportunity to experience an afternoon at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

One of the key advancements in our patient care occurred in 2011. Every home health nurse and home health professional is now connected to the same electronic health record system that Aurora hospitals and clinics are using. Nurses, aides and therapists now all have a full view of each patient, at the point of care in the patient's home. This system provides stronger transitional care and care coordination for the thousands of children and adults we serve each year.

Spend a little time with any of the caregivers and you see their passion and commitment to helping all patients and their families - including those who don’t have the resources to pay for their care. The support of many individuals, foundations, corporations, and other groups and agencies enables the Aurora VNA to meet the needs of those with the fewest resources. Through our donors’ generosity, we are making a difference in thousands of lives in communities and neighborhoods throughout eastern Wisconsin.

Thank you!

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Eileen Scharenbroch
Aurora VNA Board Chair