Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association (Concord Regional VNA) and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice (Central VNA) signed a definitive merger agreement and filed a change of control notice with the NH Attorney General's Charitable Trusts Unit for review and approval.
In March 2020, the organizations signed a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) to merge their organizations to better serve the home and community-based health care needs of residents of the Greater Capital Region and Central New Hampshire.
The agreement is the next step in a process that involves further due diligence, negotiation of final terms, opportunities for public input, approval by each organization’s Board of Trustees and review by federal and state regulators.
According to a statement, the unified agency would:
- Improve access to high-quality home-based care for individuals and families in 82 communities served
- Respond to growing demand for specialty home-based clinical services, including intravenous therapy, wound care and pediatrics
- Enhance and expand community wellness programming
- Attract, retain and develop a highly-skilled workforce
The proposed merger of the two agencies would better meet the growing demand for home and community-based healthcare, including nursing services, physical rehabilitation, occupational therapy, homemaking services, end-of-life care, and wellness programming. Merging would bolster the agencies’ future sustainability.
Central VNA, itself formed through the merger of Community Health & Hospice in Laconia and the VNA & Hospice of Southern Carroll County in Wolfeboro, provides in-home healthcare services to 47 Lakes Region communities, including home care, rehabilitation services, pediatric care, palliative care, and a comprehensive, team-based home hospice program.
Concord Regional VNA, incorporated in 1899, is a not-for-profit licensed and certified home health and hospice care provider that serves people of all ages in more than 44 communities in central New Hampshire by providing home care, hospice care, palliative care, personal home services, pediatric and maternal child health services, and wellness programming. Concord Regional VNA opened New Hampshire’s first hospice house in 1994.
More information about the merger can be found at www.vnaforthefuturenh.com. View the Joint Notice at: www.doj.nh.gov/charitable-trusts/documents/central-nh-vna-chg-notice.pdf