–Artist gifts nonprofit with art inspired by map of the Florida Keys–

Monroe County, December 4, 2013 –

For the second year, Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys has asked an artist living in the Florida Keys to showcase his/her original artwork on the cover of VNA/Hospice’s Annual Appeal. The artist renders an interpretation of the island chain depicted on the Florida Keys map, incorporating the distinctive VNA/Hospice heart logo, in his/her own vision and artistic medium. Inspired by life in the glorious Florida Keys and the wonderful work of VNA/Hospice, the resulting art has been stunning.

This year, 2013, Marathon artist Sheila Jean Cook was chosen to create the cover art for the VNA/Hospice Annual Appeal. Sheila owns The Art Studio, a recently opened, family-oriented art center hosting pottery and glass art workshops, as well as walk-in activities, marrying art education and creativity. Her spectacular oil painting envisions the map of the Florida Keys chain of islands accentuated by a striking backdrop of the VNA/Hospice logo. “I am honored to be given the opportunity to provide this year’s cover art for the annual appeal. It was both personally and creatively very fulfilling for me to illustrate the loyal bond between VNA/Hospice and the Florida Keys island communities in my work,” noted Ms. Cook.

Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys President & CEO Jody Gross states, “The representation of the Keys’ map underscores our dedication and commitment to our community, patients, family, friends and neighbors who directly benefit from contributions made by our supporters.. We are fortunate to have talented Florida Keys artists create art to illustrate the true bond between VNA/Hospice and our distinctive county.”

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys holiday request for support appeals for essential funds which enable VNA/Hospice to provide charitable home health and hospice care to residents of the Florida Keys, and also sends seasonal good wishes and gives heartfelt thanks to its supporters. Please contact VNA/Hospice at 305-294-4310 Ext. 20 or visit to participate in the appeal, join the VNA/Hospice mailing list, attend fundraising events and receive healthcare news and updates.

About Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys is an integrated agency that has been providing skilled home health, private duty care and hospice services to the residents and visitors of Monroe County since 1984. VNA/Hospice offers a full range of compassionate, effective, life-enhancing health and supportive services that enable an individual to remain in his or her home. For more information regarding VNA/Hospice, please call 305-294-8812 or visit Hospice License:

HPC50310951. VNA License: HHA21245096. HCS License: 232500 and 232517. EIN: HHA21245095.

Charitable organization registration number: CH87.

Photo: Artist Sheila Jean Cook of Marathon

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