A local woman has been recognized with a lifetime achievement award after serving the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for more than 40 years. Liz Norris has been a fixture with the organization since starting with VNA under the direction of founder Bess MacCulloch, in 1955, just three years after the organization formed.
Though she took some time off to continue her education and care for her aging parents, Norris has worked continuously with the VNA since 1980, when she began working in the home health care division. Several years later, Liz moved out of the field and into the office. It was here that her ability to understand the health care needs of the community, with a keen eye for budget and business development, were needed.
In her role, Liz oversaw the flu clinics throughout the Blue Water Area for 15 years. At the time, no one was doing anything like it. In addition to flu shot clinics, Liz also lead blood pressure clinics at senior living facilities in the area.
While Liz may be retiring, the organization says she will still be present at Visiting Nurse Association and Blue Water Hospice (VNA/BWH). She plans to volunteer for the hospice service division, focusing on patients under hospice care who choose to remain in their homes. She will continue administering flu shots to staff at the annual VNA/BWH skills fair. Liz also plans to stay busy volunteering with her church, Woman’s Life group, and a local adult day program, where she currently assists with music exercise.
Angela DeLaere, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Association Health Services said “Liz has been a true asset to this organization.” In her honor, the VNA board room has been renamed the Liz Norris Board Room.