Dominion Energy helped fund this organization’s senior transition program

(From left to right) Dominion Energy's Bonita Billingsley Harris, Troy Lindsey and Max Bartholomew present a $6,500 check to SSSEVA for its Care Transitions program. CEO Steve Zollos accepts the award on behalf of the agency. Diana Kupko, a care transitions Client; Brad Lazernick, director of the Center for Aging; and Katie Hopkin, a Care Transition Coach; participate in the award presentation. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of SSSEVA)
(From left to right) Dominion Energy’s Bonita Billingsley Harris, Troy Lindsey and Max Bartholomew present a $6,500 check to SSSEVA for its Care Transitions program. CEO Steve Zollos accepts the award on behalf of the agency. Diana Kupko, a care transitions Client; Brad Lazernick, director of the Center for Aging; and Katie Hopkin, a Care Transition Coach; participate in the award presentation. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of SSSEVA)

NORFOLK — Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia will now be able to better serve seniors this year through its Care Transitions program because of a grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

“We are excited for how this grant will help us in serving recently hospitalized seniors with chronic health conditions as they transition out of the hospital to their homes,” said Brad Lazernick, director for the Center for Aging at Senior Sevices.

SSSEVA’s Care Transitions program educates and empowers seniors to manage their health conditions after hospital discharge.

Dominion gave $1.6 million in grant funds this year, the fourth year the foundation has awarded more than $1 million to meet critical community needs, officials said in a news release.

The program has already been a godsend for seniors such as 72-year-old Diana Kupko, who first benefited in 2016 after a hospital stay for her COPD and then again last summer after treatment for another health challenge, officials said.

“The program’s goal is to reduce avoidable re-admissions that are so disruptive to the seniors’ lives,” Lazernick added.

The grant funding from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will contribute to the hiring and pay for a Care Transitions coach to work with patients at the hospitals, officials said.

The program is also supported through the Sentara Foundation and a Cardinal Foundation grant for another year.

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