Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region Receives Certificate of Need Approval
The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has received Certificate of Need approval from the Green Mountain Care Board for a merger with Manchester Health Services.
“We are delighted to move forward with the merger,” said Ronald J. Cioffi, RN, CEO of the VNAHSR. “For more than 50 years, Manchester Health Services has shared our commitment to ensure that home health and hospice care remain a vital part of the healthcare continuum in Vermont. We believe this merger will prepare our organization for the unknowns of health care reform, increased regulatory burdens and shrinking reimbursements.”
Founded in Rutland in 1946 by the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is one of Vermont’s largest non-profit home health and hospice providers.
In the past ten years, the agency has merged with other non-profit agencies including Dorset Nursing Association and the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont in Bennington.
“We are proud of the growth of our agency,” said Cioffi. “As a financially solid organization, we have a strong commitment to coordinating care and delivering a full range of home health, hospice and community services for patients through all stages of life. As the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region, our name accurately represents the depth of our reach throughout Bennington and Rutland Counties.”
Over the years, the VNAHSR has redefined the way care is delivered in the home, incorporating technology and advanced, clinical care practice to meet the needs of today’s home care patient. Through sophisticated coordination of care and transition to home programs, chronic care management programs and health information technology platforms, home care clinicians are able to care for patients from premature infants to patients facing the challenges of a terminal illness.
“Ensuring the best possible outcome for our patients and local communities is at the center of all that we do,” added Cioffi. “While we are extremely proud of our growth, we are at the heart of the matter, a legacy of non-profit VNAs that have been advocating and championing the health and well-being of individuals in our local communities for decades.”