VNA names interim clinical director


The Vineyard Nursing Association (VNA) has named Kathleen Fresher Samways the interim clinical director.

Dr. Samways has spent her career in community-based health, working initially as a physical therapist in home health agencies on the Island, then later in school and independent living settings, according to a press release. She was manager of the rehabilitation services at the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Providence and, most recently, the manager of rehabilitation and quality improvement services at Vineyard Nursing Association.

“Kathleen brings a great combination of clinical skills, community health knowledge, and leadership experience,” Bob Tonti, VNA chief executive officer, said. “With her experience in adult education, Kathleen will also be an asset to our own training and quality programs that are a significant component in delivering quality care to patients.”

VNA currently employs more than 120 people on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and is one of the largest year-round employers on the islands. Making more than 40,000 visits to patients on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in 2012, the organization finished the fiscal year in the black for the seventh year in a row, acording to VNA.

Dr. Samways has a master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island, with a concentration in adult education, and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy from Simmons College. She replaces Sandie Corr-Dolby who resigned, citing personal reasons.

“Sandie’s contributions were a major reason we tripled our size and now have a permanent home,” Mr. Tonti said. “I want to thank Sandie for her dedication and efforts in helping to make VNA successful during her 17-year career at the VNA and wish her the best of luck in future endeavors.”