In 1946, a small group of engaged community members gathered to create an organization that would provide skilled nursing in the home with a mission to promote health and independence. From these humble beginnings to the strong, vibrant agency of today, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region continues to remain focused on our mission of providing compassionate, nationally recognized home health care, hospice care, and community wellness to thousands of individuals throughout Rutland and Bennington Counties in Southwestern Vermont.
The high quality of nursing, the aging of the population, advances in-home care technology, and the growing costs of hospital care led to explosive growth in-home care over the next few decades, including expanding our service area in Rutland County and establishing services 24-hours, 7-days a week.
In 1996, a merger with the volunteer organization, Rutland Area Hospice, expanded services to provide fully integrated clinical and volunteer hospice services.
In 2007, the agency expanded to serve the people of Dorset, Rupert, and Pawlet through the acquisition of the Dorset Nursing Association.
In 2014, the VNA expanded their service area to include Bennington County with a merger with the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont. In 2014, in an effort to make the organization’s identity clear in both Bennington and Rutland County, the agency’s trustees formed the umbrella organization of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR).
In 2016, Manchester Health Services joined the VNAHSR family. In 2017, as part of a strengthening and unification effort, the organization began using the name VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region. The agency maintains office locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester and Rutland.
Today, VNAHSR is one of the state’s largest not-for-profit providers of home health, hospice, and community services. Over 350 skilled professionals deliver a wide-range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability and expertise to people of all ages. Whether in their homes or through community programs, VNAHSR bridges gaps to secure the health care people need.
Proud of our national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is highly rated for Quality of Patient Care and Patient Satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 performing home health agencies, by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.