LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY
In 1972, Dan Gilman was 15 years old and full of plans for his summer. A dive into a swimming pool changed his life forever. Dan broke his neck and became wheelchair bound. His family cared for him for many years, but after his mother’s death in 1994, Dan became part of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region family. “For me, living at home is comforting and enables me to do what I want.”
For 25 years, we have been at Dan’s side. Providing him the care he needs to remain independent at home. In fact, every year we touch thousands of lives and have grown into one of the largest non-profit provider of home care and hospice care in Vermont. We offer a wide array of programs for vulnerable, at-risk populations including children, individuals with disabilities, and seniors.
Since 1946 the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has built relationships, forged friendships, and established working partnerships that help us nurture, protect, and sustain the patients and families who rely on us in times of need. When we are called upon, we bring our award-winning clinical expertise and compassionate care right to wherever our patient’s call home.
Side-by-side as a team we serve those who, through illness or unexpected circumstances are most vulnerable.
Our population is aging, a shift that year-by-year is increasing the demand – and the cost for care across the United States. At the same time, economic pressures are increasing to deliver health care at a lower cost. This is where VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region and home health agencies across the country shine. We are seizing opportunities to position ourselves as a leader and innovator.
We continue to find innovative solutions to meet ever-increasing demand for our services, from prenatal guidance to end-of-life care, and from care at home to outpatient therapy. But even as we’ve expanded our reach, our focus always remains on the unique needs and special difficulties of each individual we serve.
But, we can’t do it alone.
We are grateful for our friends, donors, volunteers, board of directors, leadership and staff who join us in our mission. Side-by-side, with you, we will continue to ensure that our community receives the clinically excellent, compassionate, patient-centered care – today and for generations.
Ron Cioffi, RN, Executive Director
Carrie Allen, Board President