Ruth Orkins (center), an LNA with HCS for 29 years, was honored recently by the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire as the LNA of the Year. Ruth has dedicated her life to the service of many with courage, strength, and wisdom. Her clients are always treated with dignity and respect at every visit. Ruth’s constant calm demeanor and great rapport with her clients leaves families comfortable knowing that they can trust her with their loved ones.

The LNA of the Year award is given annually to LNAs, who are often at the front line of the health care experience. The LNA of the Year Award offers an opportunity to recognize and reward those individuals who have committed themselves to a career as a Licensed Nursing Assistant, offer excellence in patient care, are superb at communicating with patients, families, and staff, and are also a role model for fellow professional caregivers.

In addition, Michelle August RN, CHPCA, Director of Hospice at HCS, was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire. The statewide Alliance is a non-profit membership organization for licensed agencies delivering home health and hospice care in New Hampshire. The organization works to enhance the ability of home care agencies throughout the state to provide the best care possible to New Hampshire residents through education, advocacy, leadership, and networking. It also helps families by offering information about health care and hospice options and provides resources to connect them with services in their communities. More than 40 agencies are currently provider members.

Michelle was elected to a two-year term. In her capacity as Director of Hospice at HCS, Michelle directs a team specializing in end of life care for patients and providing support for family members.  Hospice at HCS care is offered in the home, in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes throughout southwestern New Hampshire.