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For release: December 10, 2012

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Visiting Nurse Service Employee Wins Statewide Award

Dave Smartt, a physical therapist for Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) for six years, was awarded the Heart of Home Care Award at the Midwest Care Alliance’s (MCA) Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on November 1. Smartt, a resident of Richfield, is known to consistently go above and beyond the call of duty for his patients, without complaint or hesitation.

“Dave is an important member of our team,” says Adam Kalman, manager of rehabilitation services at VNS. “He continues to inspire his patients to want to improve, while showing the compassion and dedication to make them improve,” Kalman adds.

MCA is the Ohio association for home, hospice and palliative care. The Heart of Home Care Award recognizes individual MCA members who have made significant and repeated achievements in home health care.

About Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)
Akron General Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) is a nonprofit agency providing comprehensive and cost-effective home health care to the citizens of Northeast Ohio for 65 years. Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates also includes Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Personal Care Services and VNS Equipment & Supplies. A member of the Akron General Health System, VNS serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

About Akron General Health System
Akron General Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare organization with the mission of improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves. Akron General Health System includes: Akron General Medical Center, a 511-bed teaching and research medical center, and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, the area’s largest provider of rehabilitation services; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group, the Akron General Health & Wellness Centers, Lodi Community Hospital, Community Health Centers and other companies; Akron General Community Health Ventures, which includes Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates, the largest and most comprehensive provider of home healthcare services in Ohio; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the seventh best hospital in Ohio and Becker’s Hospital Review named Akron General Medical Center one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals. For more information about Akron General Health System, visit

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