RED BANK, NJ- June 30, 2011- Denise Devine, long-time resident of Little Silver and vice chairman of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Board of Trustees, was awarded the VNA Health Group Judith Stanley Coleman Award for Exceptional Service during VNA’s 99th Annual Meeting, held at the Geraldine Thompson Estate, Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ on June 24th.

Denise Divine, vice chair, VNA Health Group Board of Trustees received the Judith Stanley Coleman Award for Exceptional Service at the VNA Health Group 99th Annual Meeting.  Mrs. Devine, center, was presented the award by Thomas Thees, VNA Health Group chairman of the board and Mary Ann Christopher, president and CEO.

Named in honor of the late Judith Stanley Coleman, VNA Health Group board chair for more than 30 years, the award celebrates the spirit of community integral to VNA Health Group’s mission. It is given each year to someone who demonstrates vigilance and passion in advancing community health, and whose impact is significant and far-reaching.

The award was presented to Mrs. Devine by Penn Branin, secretary of the VNA of Central Jersey Foundation Board of Trustees and member of the awards committee. “Not only has Denise Devine amassed an extraordinary record of service,” stated Mrs. Branin, “she continues to pursue the goals of Mrs. Coleman and our organization, each and every day.” Mrs. Branin thanked Mrs. Devine for her constancy and commitment as “the carrier of the VNA Health Group mission flame.”

Mrs. Devine has served for 39 years as board trustee and guide of the safety net ministry of VNA Health Group. In addition to serving as Vice Chairman, Mrs. Devine chairs the VNA Health Group Personnel and Professional Advisory Committees, distinguishing herself as a champion of service excellence and staff development.

“Mrs. Devine maintains a passionate commitment to the core values of the organization, inspiring Board colleagues and senior leadership alike to persevere on behalf of the less fortunate,” stated Mary Ann Christopher, VNA Health Group president and CEO. “She is a gracious and passionate orator of our history, our tradition and our continued call to serve.”  

“I do what I do for two reasons,” said Mrs. Devine in accepting the award. “I do not have the talent or courage to do what our nurses do, but I believe in their mission and want it always to succeed.”  

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, now in its 99th year of service, is a nonprofit provider of home health care and hospice services. The organization offers extensive community based health and wellness services throughout New Jersey and cares for more than 120,000 individuals each year. Visiting Nurse Association Health Group member organizations include VNA of Central Jersey, Cape VNA, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services, and Essex Valley VNA.