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Canandaigua VA Medical Center



Award Recipients

Left to Right: Pat Lind - Associate Director of Patient/Nursing Services, Sally Martin – GEC Care Line Manager, Robert Heiler, Amy Modaffari, Nina Mottern, Craig Howard – Medical Center Director.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 Office of Nursing Services Innovations Awards


The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Innovation Awards program, a national award mechanism created and launched in 2003, annually recognizes nursing leadership in quality improvement. VA Nursing staff are known to be dynamic change agents, influencing practice and system-wide initiatives.

Each year, the Innovation Awards program recognizes ten hospital programs and/or initiatives, and each winning team receives a $10,000 group award. Office of Nursing Services (ONS) strives to identify new and innovative ideas that are best practices recognized as nurse-led, quality improvement initiatives across VHA.

The Office of Nursing Services recently announced that “Mobile Adult Day Health Care Outreach Program: Taking Patient Driven Care to Rural Veterans and their Caregivers” submitted by Nina Mottern RN, BSN, CCM, Caregiver Support Coordinator Canandaigua VA was the recipient of  2011 prestigious Nursing Services Innovations Award!

The Mobile Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Program meets the needs of Veterans and their families who reside in rural areas.  Through a traveling team of VA care providers, rural Veterans and their caregivers remain living in their homes and communities thus forestalling institutionalization, experience coordinated and enhanced Veteran-centric services, and caregivers report less strain.  The program is based at American Legion Posts located within a Veteran’s community increasing the camaraderie and spirit of VA care.  This Veteran-Centered program is based on the tenets of “providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preference, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.”

The program is supported by team members: Nursing Assistant Amy Modaffari and Recreation Therapist Robert Heiler.
For more information regarding the 2011 Office of Nursing Services Innovations Awards visit:



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