John Archibald, a longtime resident of Little Silver, NJ and member of Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Board of Trustees, was awarded the VNA Health Group Judith Stanley Coleman Award for Exceptional Service in Community Health during VNA’s 100th Annual Meeting, held at the Oyster Point Hotel on October 11, 2012.
Named in honor of the late Judith Stanley Coleman, VNA Health Group board chair for more than 30 years, the award celebrates the spirit of community integral to VNA Health Group’s mission. It is given each year to someone who demonstrates vigilance and passion in advancing community health, and whose impact is significant and far-reaching. It is the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group's highest recognition award.
The award was presented to Mr. John Archibald by Robert L. Boyle, VNA Health Group trustee and member of the award committee. "John has distinguished himself as a champion of service excellence," stated Mr. Boyle. "He always kept the public interest as his main priority and provided leadership in the most important decisions concerning our mission and purpose.”
For more than a decade, Mr. Archibald has guided the safety net ministry of VNA Health Group. He has provided bold leadership and steady stewardship at a time when VNA has been stretched beyond capacity to meet serious community needs in uncertain times.
“Mr. Archibald maintains a passionate commitment to the core values of the organization,” stated Dr. Steve Landers, VNA Health Group president and CEO. “With his guidance, VNA Health Group grew from a 2-county agency to the statewide asset and leading home health, hospice and community-based provider that it is today. With thoughtful, careful, deliberation, John worked to safeguard our assets in a challenging economy."
“I feel so very honored,” said Mr. Archibald in accepting the award. “VNA Health Group is truly a caring and dedicated organization committed to helping those in need throughout our state." Mr. Archibald continued, "We are lucky to have them and I am extremely proud to play a role in ensuring their future."
Mr. Archibald is well known for his volunteer activities in support of the community and in support of community health. In 1992 he established The Association for Health Care Reform, he was ex officio on the Monmouth Medical Center Board and served as President of Mid-Atlantic Health Group, the parent company for Monmouth Medical Center prior to the St. Barnabas Health Care System merger. He continues to serve on the VNA Health Group board and is an honorary board member for the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. He also served as chairman of the Rumson Community Appeal and on the boards and committees of the Rumson Country Club and Sea Bright Beach Club.
About VNA Health Group
Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, now in its 100th year of service, is a nonprofit provider of home health care and hospice services. The organization offers extensive community based health and wellness services throughout New Jersey and cares for nearly 120,000 individuals each year. Visiting Nurse Association Health Group member organizations include VNA of Central Jersey, Cape VNA, Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, and VNA of Englewood.