Vermont Veterans Home celebrates six new LNAs

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BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Veterans Home welcomed on Thursday it's newest class of Licensed Nursing Assistants.

Six graduates were celebrated for completing the Veterans Home's 32 day training course, which was taught by Pat Babcock. Throughout the course, potential LNAs saw many presentations from veterans home employees, and practiced shaving balloons, and later VVH Director of Marketing Gary Yelle, bathing mannequins, and much more.

Babcock was unable to attend the ceremony due to a family matter, but she prepared a slideshow of pictures from the training, which was presented by VVH Chief Operating Officer Al Faxon.

"I am proud and honored to be here today at your graduation," said Faxon, "If you look around, we have a lot of members of staff here. This is one of the finest veterans homes in the country. There's no doubt about it. I've had the opportunity to travel around, see their buildings, meet their staffs, see how their veterans live, and there is no doubt that this is the finest veterans home in the nation. And the reason it's the finest veterans home in the country is not because have over 80 acres of land, deer parks, trout ponds, this beautiful building. The reason is because of the staff you see here. That is exactly why it is the finest home in the country. Watching you guys go through your training, seeing the way you guys interacted with our veterans, you became part of their family, and this was just your training phase. That's exactly why we are what we are, and that's why you guys are so awesome."

The graduates of the program, who will take their tests to become licensed in the state of Vermont in October, were Tina Cole, Natasha Chambers, Marissa Mazzola, Courtney Springer, Wendy Ford, and Sara Green.

Director of Nursing Services Patricia Crossman said LNAs are a critical part of the VVH staff. "They are the first ones awaiting (the residents) every morning. They see, they hear, they provide their care. They see what they've eaten and report it. We rely on them to be those eyes... Every staff member here is valued, but at the heart of our team we are very honored to have the LNAs."

— Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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