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November 6, 2020

Concord Regional VNA Honors Melissa Howard with Peer-Nominated Award

CONCORD, N.H. – Concord Regional VNA, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, honored Director of Donor Relations Melissa Howard with the organization’s peer-nominated “Living Our Values” award. Each year, Concord Regional VNA invites staff members to nominate one of their own who best demonstrates the organization’s core values of respect, compassion, culture of excellence, leadership and stewardship in his or her actions among peers and with patients, families, community members, donors and volunteers. 

“The thoughtful nominations we received speak volumes about our team, and how we recognize and value how each of us contributes to carrying out the important and invaluable work of our agency every day,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “Congratulations to Melissa, whose commitment to excellence is unmatched, and thank you to all of our staff for their continued dedication to our agency, our patients and our communities.”

“Living Our Values” was introduced in 2019 in conjunction with Concord Regional VNA’s 120th anniversary celebration. Nearly 25 nominations were submitted this year by staff members, sharing heartfelt stories, positive interactions and observations about their peers. Concord Regional VNA’s inaugural leadership class reviewed all submissions anonymously, and Howard’s nomination rose to the top. Slepian announced Howard as the Living Our Values honoree virtually to the entire Concord Regional VNA staff on Thursday, November 5. To view the announcement video, please visit bit.ly/350CUlE

In nominating Howard, colleagues noted, “Melissa has a way of making you feel as if you are the only person who matters and shows a true interest in your ideas and thoughts,” and, “She helps create meaning in every task and relates each to the goals, vision and mission of the agency. Melissa recognizes the strengths in others and helps to build upon those strengths. She is wonderful leader, a pleasure to work with and a true role model.” 

Howard, a resident of Bow, has been with Concord Regional VNA for nearly five years, overseeing all fundraising and development activities to enhance the agency’s visibility, impact and financial resources. During her time at the agency, she has created and implemented a planned giving program to increase support through bequests, wills and trusts, enhanced philanthropy performance strategies and results tracking, and consistently met agency fundraising goals.

“Working for a mission-based not-for-profit agency that is dedicated to the wellness of my neighbors has been rewarding and has made me a stronger professional,” said Howard. “Knowing I am making a difference is the fuel that drives me to keep learning and growing each day, and I am so humbled and honored to be recognized by my hard-working, talented, passionate peers.”

Howard spent a decade in sales management in the hospitality industry before joining Elms College, her alma mater, as Director of Annual Giving and Major Gifts Officer. After more than three years at Elms, Howard joined Concord Regional VNA in 2015. She currently serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Northern New England Chapter, and is a former board member of Women in Philanthropy and Meeting Professionals International. 

Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes and leading the way in population health since 1899. Concord Regional VNA’s more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members provide unmatched care across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs, to more than 8,000 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year.

Earlier this year, Concord Regional VNA and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice announced the two agencies’ intent to merge – a move that would meet the growing demand for home and community based health care in the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire and bolster the agencies’ future sustainability. More information on the proposed merger is available at www.vnaforthefuturenh.com