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Center to Champion Nursing Awards Photo Prize to West Virginia Hospital

Champion Nursing Photo Contest-man talks to his nurse by computer

Barry Kornacki

Increasing Access to Health Care Through Nursing: Veterans Administration Telehealth Program

The Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) is pleased to announce the photo submitted by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Va., as the grand prize winner of its Spotlight on Nursing in Rural America photo contest. CCNA is an initiative of AARP, AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The winning image was submitted by Barry Kornacki. Kornacki, who is a veteran, works for the VA Medical Center as an audiovisual production specialist in the education department. He produces videos and pictures for use in classes and hospital events, and posters used to promote the services of the center.

The patient in this picture is enrolled in the VA Medical Center's Care Coordination/Home Telehealth program, and lives over an hour away from the nurse (at top right) providing his care.

The telehealth equipment consists of a device that plugs into a home telephone providing the user with access to a machine that:

  • Measures vital signs
  • Answers questions about health status
  • Provides important health care reminders

If necessary, the patient can also speak to a home telehealth nurse by telephone. The focus of the program is to reach out to residents in rural areas far from a health care facility.

Many of the entries CCNA received have become part of a nursing photo repository that shows nurses, patients and their families across health care, home, community and education settings. Access to this bank of photos is free and open to organizations and individuals interested in advancing compelling and accurate images of nurses, patients and families.

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