RVNAhealth Autumn Dinner – 2021

On September 25th RVNAhealth hosted its annual Autumn Dinner at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury. Friends and supporters of our organization came together to celebrate our recent merger with Bethel Visiting Nurse Association and New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice. Together, the three agencies have become one dynamic healthcare organization, better positioned to address the growing needs of our patients and communities and respond to future healthcare challenges.

The event also honored our exceptional staff for their steadfast commitment to their neighbors throughout the past year and a half. Those in attendance were moved by RVNAhealth’s mission to deliver unmatched, compassionate healthcare when and where it is needed. The event sponsors, advertisers, and all in attendance helped us raise nearly $250,000 to support our continued work within the community.

The evening featured a bourbon tasting sponsored by Ancona’s Wines & Liquors, live music by Nick DePuy sponsored by Casey Energy, and beautiful, autumnal centerpieces graciously designed and donated by Mary Jones at Rodier Flowers. The flowers were so stunning they were gifted to hospice and homebound patients, so they could be enjoyed well past the event itself.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and RVNAhealth staff, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Adam Broderick for serving as the evening’s impact speaker and sharing his decades-long relationship with our organization. Thank you to our event chairs, Suzanne and Shane Casey, and every member of the Autumn Dinner committee for their time, enthusiasm, hard work and dedication in planning and organizing this memorable event. 

Until next year… We wish you WELL!

RVNAhealth Earns Top Workplaces Award for the 9th Time!

We did it again!

For the 9th time since 2011, RVNAhealth has earned a Top Workplaces award from Hearst Connecticut Media. The award is given to local companies that lead the way in workplace culture based on employee surveys. At RVNAhealth, the employees surveyed include clinical staff — nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and certified nursing assistants — as well as non-medical caregivers and administrative staff. RVNAhealth places in the mid-sized company category which includes companies with between 100 and 500 employees.      

“2021 marks RVNAhealth’s first year as a ‘tri-agency’ — following our November 2020 merger with Bethel Visiting Nurse Association and New Milford Visiting Nurse & Hospice,” says Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President and CEO of RVNAhealth.  “Earning this award together validates the strength of the union and the depth of our commitment to the work we do and the patients and communities we serve.  Each year, RVNAhealth faces new healthcare challenges and experiences new triumphs, and earning the Top Workplaces Award is always immensely gratifying. It is a pleasure to work alongside such a talented and compassionate team.” 

The Top Workplaces designation was awarded to 51 Connecticut companies this year. To be considered, a company must be located in Fairfield, Litchfield, or New Haven County, have at least 35 employees, and be nominated for the award by a current employee.  Company employees then complete a survey on their organization after which results are tabulated and prizes awarded.

RVNAhealth was also named a Hearst Connecticut Media Top Workplace in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020.  In addition to enjoying a mission-driven, rewarding workplace, RVNAhealth employees receive a full range of benefits including medical and dental insurance, company-paid life insurance, a retirement plan with generous matching contributions, flexible work arrangements, training and professional development, agency laptops and cell phones. To learn more about joining the RVNAhealth family, visit  rvnahealth.org/careers/.


About RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth is a private, nonprofit, Medicare-certified organization that provides exceptional home and community health care services, supports public health and safety, and has promoted the highest quality of life for over 100 years.

RVNAhealth’s services are categorized into four WELLs —including BeWELL: Services to Keep You Healthy; GetWELL: Services to Recover Your Best Health; StayWELL: Services to Remain Safely in Your Home; and ComfortWELL; Hospice Care to Provide Comfort and Peace. The WELLs represent our continuum of care that serves individuals across a lifetime. Services include wellness and prevention, home health, hospice, rehabilitation, community health, and skilled nursing, among others. 

During RVNAhealth’s century of care, our name, services, and reach have evolved to meet the care and wellness needs of all those we serve, yet our focus on excellent care, quality and safety, and our guiding philosophy have remained steadfast – the individuals and patients we care for come first.

Maureen Dixon

Elaine Hriston-Zech


Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

“Maureen runs the household and knows what to do without anyone having to ask or tell her.”  – Client, Westport CT

Leonard Thomas


Hometown: Trumbull, CT

“Leonard is professional and has been wonderful with the family during a difficult time and transition to hospice.”  –  Amy Feder, RVNAhealth Hospice MSW

Osner Pierre


Hometown: Bridgeport, CT

“Osner is a hard worker, dresses sharp and is an excellent cook.  I would recommend him to anyone.”  – Client, Ridgefield CT

Thozama “Precious” Ntuli

Elaine Hriston-Zech


Hometown: Waterbury, CT

“Precious’ client raves about how “precious” and wonderful she is and often say how appreciative they are to have her in their home.  She went above and beyond to adjust her schedule to make sure she was always available to her clients during the summer months.”  – RVNAhealth StayWELL Staff

Nikki Inneh

Elaine Hriston-Zech


Hometown: Franklinville, NJ

“Nikki is like family. She has helped me adjust to my new home in Ridgefield after moving from Arizona.  I have improved so much with her help.” – Client, Ridgefield CT

Henriette Genice

Elaine Hriston-Zech


Hometown: Norwalk, CT

“Henriette does a very good job and has been with me for 6 months, 5 days a week. She is very thoughtful, provides a lot of attention and does an overall great job. She knows what she has to do without having to be asked” – Client, Ridgefield CT

Thulisile Dlamini


Hometown: Bethel, CT

“Thulisile is fantastic.  She kept her client safe and comfortable throughout the night.  She was respectful to our staff and helped make our job easier.”  – Nurse at Meadow Ridge, Redding

Judy Cox

Elaine Hriston-Zech


Hometown: Danbury, CT

“Judy has been our angel.  She is a wonderful cook, and I wouldn’t be able to do the things I am able to do without her here.”  – Client, Redding CT