Nearly 200 staff members, volunteers, partners, community members and local officials gathered at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (Concord Regional VNA) in Concord to celebrate the agency’s 120th anniversary.
Concord Regional VNA was incorporated in 1899 as the not-for-profit “Concord District Nursing Association” to establish and maintain a system of district nursing. It has become the state’s largest home health and hospice provider, serving 44 communities in New Hampshire.
Concord Regional VNA employs more than 400 clinicians and staff members who provide home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health and personal home services, to more than 6,500 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year. The agency also offers community clinics and wellness programs to help people maintain their health, wellbeing and independence.
“Over the past 120 years, our name and location have changed, our technology has advanced and our services have expanded, but our mission remains true to the goal upon which our agency was founded – our business is everybody’s health,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “It is truly a privilege for all of us to be able to help enhance the lives of people in our community or support them and their families through the end-of-life experience.”
To commemorate the agency’s 120th anniversary Concord Regional VNA introduced the "Living Our Values" award. The inaugural, peer-nominated award was presented by CEO Beth Slepian and CFO Geraldine Holmes to Cindy Bergeron, Director of Paraprofessional Services who has been with Concord Regional VNA for nearly 15 years.
Pictured: Concord Regional VNA nurses made their rounds to visit patients in distinctive blue cars throughout the better part of the Twentieth Century, and in the 1960s and early 1970s, travelled by the agency’s fleet of blue Volkswagen Bugs. Pictured, a replica of the car was a centerpiece of the reception to celebrate the agency’s 120th anniversary.