|Recent News at VNCH:

Two Boston area visiting nurse organizations set to merge 

Contact: Bill Connors, CEO, GMVN&CH
(781) 396.2633

Medford, MA - February 22 2017 - Two venerable non-profit home care agencies serving a combined 52 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts have announced their intent to merge.

The plan to combine Greater Medford VNA, founded in 1900 in Medford, and Visiting Nurse & Community Health, founded in 1898 in Arlington, is currently under review by state regulators. Leaders of the two agencies anticipate that the merger will be approved on or before February 28, 2017.

The name of the merged organization will be Greater Medford Visiting Nurse & Community Health. The merged agency will consolidate its operations and administrative staff at 37 Broadway in Arlington, and will maintain its presence in Medford by opening a new satellite office there.

Bill Connors, president of GMVNA, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new entity. The management teams and boards of both organizations will be combined to guide the new organization forward. The merger will create a staff of nearly 200 full-time and part-time employees.
“This move to join forces represents a perfect strategic fit for both agencies, and will result in an organization that is better able to compete in today’s healthcare marketplace,” said Connors. “The added size and depth of resources will allow us to bring new levels of care to the patients, their families and the communities we both serve – a mission these two agencies have always had in common.”

Connors went on to list the complementary strengths that brought the two organizations together after almost two years of exploratory discussions. GMVNA has a growing private pay practice and a robust clinical coordination system. VNCH has significant rehabilitation therapy capabilities and an established hospice program, he said.  Connors expects an expanding private pay market and greater demand for hospice services to provide most of the combined agency’s growth over the next several years.

“This merger will broaden the scope of our service menu,” said Louise A Mallette, chairwoman of GMVNA, “and will ensure better continuity of care and even more comfort to our patients and their families.”  “We are delighted to have found a merger partner with such complementary strengths,” said Jane Puffer, chairwoman of VNCH. “Together, these two organizations will continue their 100-plus year commitment to provide the very best in community-based care.”

About the merging organizations
Greater Medford VNA and Visiting Nurse & Community Health share a strong and long-standing reputation for quality homecare services in the 52 eastern Massachusetts communities they serve.  The organizations provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aide, social work, hospice and other specialty services through dedicated, professional staffs. Services are covered under programs sponsored by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as through commercial health insurance and patients’ private resources.

For further comment and analysis, contact:
Tim Burgers, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
tburgers@thinkhomecare.org (617) 482-8830

Ed Devany, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Assocations of New England
edevaney@vnane.org (508) 480-0060

Cities and towns to be served by Greater Medford Visiting Nurse & Community Health:
Name                        Population                   Name                  Population           Name               Population

Amesbury                16,283                           Lexington           31,394                  Tewksbury      28,961
Andover                   33,201                           Lincoln                6,362                    Wakefield        24,932
Arlington                 42,844                            Lowell                 108,861                Waltham          62,227
Bedford                   13,320                            Lynnfield            11,596                  Watertown       32,996
Belmont                   24,729                            Malden               60,509                  Westford          21,951
Beverly                    40,664                            Marblehead        19,808                  Wilmington      22,325
Billerica                   40,243                            Medford              57,170                 Winchester       21,374
Boxford                   7,965                               Melrose              27,690                 Winthrop          17,497
Brookline                 58,732                             Middleton           8,897                   Woburn 3         9,083
Burlington               24,498                             North Andover   28,352

Cambridge              107,289                           North Reading  14,892
Charlestown           16,916                             Nahant                3,410

Chelmsford             33,802                             Newton              87,971
Chelsea                   37,670                              Peabody            52,044
Concord                  17,668                             Reading             24,747

Danvers                  26,493                              Revere               53,756
East Boston           40,508                              Salem                42,544
Everett                    42,935                              Saugus             26,628

Georgetown           8,183                                Somerville        78,804
Haverhill                 62,088                              Stoneham          21,437
Lawrence               77,657                               Swampscott     14,722

The Hospice Volunteer Program now offers a new service -
                     Hand to Hand, Heart to Heart

As a way to honor and cherish lasting memories, the Volunteer Program now offers taking a picture of you and your loved one holding hands. We will frame it for you to place somewhere special in your home. Please contact Deborah Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator/Program Developer, for more information at: DRogers@thevisitingnurses.com or 781.643.6090 x1324.

                               Hands that gave hugs to calm fears,
                               Hands that wiped away tears,
                               Hands that danced in the air from excitement to share.
                              Hands that crafted, played music,or turned pages,
                              Hands that worked hard through the ages,
                             Creating wrinkles from time – a story in each line.
                             Memories to be told; Memories to hold.
                                                            - Deborah Rogers, Volunteer Coordinator/Program Developer


Upcoming Hospice Conference

The general conference days, Wednesday and Thursday, Nov 2nd & 3rd, feature over 50 workshops rich in content for all disciplines of end-of-life care. 
Three workshops are offered on Wednesday to partially fulfill the Dementia Care Training requirement from the Department of Public Health for hospice employees providing care in skilled nursing facilities. An additional dementia workshop will be offered on Thursday as well
A three workshop track on veteran care at end of life will be presented on Thursday.
Both days touch on numerous topics such as: choosing the hospice diagnosis, palliative sedation, medical marijuana, the clinical practice of aid in dying, having “The Conversation” and many others.

To register visit http://www.hospicefed.org, or https://hospicefed.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=677214
                      Everyone in the community is invited to attend!


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Freedom of Choice

You have recently been hospitalized. Soon you will be discharged home, but need further care. Can you choose what home care agency you want? Yes.
After a hospitalization or rehabilitation stay, you have the right to choose which home care or hospice care agency you want to work with. Many people don't realize that they have control over with whom they work. Recently, Liz Kehrli, Community Liaison/Business Development Specialist, wrote an article in local newspapers to educate people on their right to choose their home care and hospice agency. Read her article here.

FOX25 Zip Trip comes to Arlington!

On June 24, VNCH was there as Arlington kicked off their morning with a live boradcast from Boston FOX25 news team as part of their Zip Trip. Liz Kehrli, Community Liaison/Business Development Specialist, and Torina Cataldo, Administrative Assistant, educated the community on the many services we offer: Home Care, Private Pay, and Hospice Care.        


Our Wellness Camps

VNCH recently initiated a new program to surrounding communities. Wellness camps are being held this year at Arlington and Lexington Council on Aging to promote safe and healthy living at home. This past month in Arlington consisted of three panelists to discuss how advances in technology can keep seniors safe at home. We also provided free lunch, raffles, and goodie bags for 25 seniors who participated. The presenters were from Philips Lifeline, Belmont Medical Supply, and showcasing from Grand Care Systems.

We will be offering various topics of interest to seniors in the future so stay tuned.


Hospice Newsletters

Hospice Newsletter - Winter 2017
by Deborah Rogers-Culotti, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator/Program Developer
Click Here to View

Hospice Volunteer Newsletter - Fall 2016
by Deborah Rogers-Culotti, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator/Program Developer
Click Here to View

Hospice Volunteer Newsletter - May/June 2016
by Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Deborah Rogers-Culotti
Click Here to View