Success Stories

I have no doubt that I wouldn’t be here right now to write this if it wasn’t for the We Care program.  After moving back to Florida, I ended up in the “per-existing condition” category with regards to health insurance and didn’t know where to turn when I was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and Raeder Syndrome. My former doctor told me about this program and I had nothing to lose.

I was pleasantly surprised by the courteous and very professional help that I obtained from the program. I was able to be connected with the right doctors in short order to get my treatment started.  And even more importantly, I was no longer an unfortunate “statistic.”

— Thomas M. Tetrault, We Care patient

Providers were very excited to receive the wonderful, new clear masks. There was great appreciation for the increased social emotional connections and enhanced visual support for conversational exchanges with young children. It has proven to be invaluable during read-aloud activities, Circle Time and teacher-directed instruction. Thank you for making these successes possible during a challenging time.

-Alexandra Chase, Operations Manager

Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties

The VNA mobile unit is great! Without them, I would be lost, without healthcare. Thank you. A great service in our community.

VNA mobile clinic is great. They treated me with respect and I’m glad they are here for people like me.

The staff was so helpful and extremely nice and professional. I’m so thankful Indian River County has the VNA mobile clinic available to help those like me in our community.

-VNA Mobile Unit Testimonials

Nurse Home Visitation Program Testimonial

A woman was referred to the Healthy Start Program 23 weeks pregnant with severe depression.  She had relocated and did not have a stable place to call home; therefore, she and her ex-partner decided that it would be best if their children stayed with him. This, of course, saddened the client because she was used to seeing her children every day, and with this move that was no longer possible. The distance between one state and the other was too much for her. She was referred to counseling, and in the meantime was seeking a new home.

By the time she was 29 weeks pregnant her ex-partner and the children had moved to Florida as well, which helped herwith her emotional state.  She was now able to visit her children more often, reducing her feelings of depression. With the assistance and empowerment of the Healthy Start Program, at 38 weeks of gestation the client delivered a healthy baby boy.

While in the hospital she reported receiving services from the TLC program, which built her confidence in exclusively breastfeeding her child. Not only was she grateful for the services received in the hospital, but also for the services provided by the Home Nurse. She said that home nurse was caring, informative, and thorough in assisting her and her newborn.  She also said the home nurse was helpful in answering her questions regarding breastfeeding as she observed and approved the way she was breastfeeding.

The client expressed thanks for Healthy Start services during her pregnancy, and has asked to continue receiving services for her newborn. She will be receiving baby wear training in the near future.

A woman began services with Healthy Start in the third trimester of her pregnancy. She had suffered domestic violence in her home, had a history of drug use, and was having a hard time dealing with her on-and-off depression. She was educated on the cycle of abuse and received Safe Space assistance.  She was referred for counseling, which she said helped her tremendously.

She delivered a healthy baby boy at 40 weeks of gestation. She said she was well cared for at the hospital and recalls receiving great attention and help from the ladies in the TLC program, which motivated her to exclusively breastfeed.  She also said she received exceptional care and services from the home nurse. She said the home nurse was attentive, knowledgeable, and hands-on, which provided comfort and confidence in her ability to succeed at breastfeeding and being an exceptional mom.

She received the Baby Box, which she said as very useful and a safe place to put the baby while she interacted with her daughters and kept a close eye on the infant simultaneously.  The client received baby-wear training when her infant was six weeks of age. Eager to apply the skill she had learned, she  would have on baby wear at other encounters with the care coordinator. She has repeatedly thanked the care coordinator and Healthy Start staff for all the assistance and services provided to her by the Healthy Start program in times where she felt down and alone.