Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice was formed out of a merger in 2010 between Community Health & Hospice, of Laconia and The VNA of Southern Carroll County, in Wolfeboro. Each agency has its story and is rich with history.
The VNA Wolfeboro and Vicinity was founded in 1918 and operated with one part-time nurse. Her nursing services were coordinated by the Red Cross, as a Home Defense Nurse. Home Defense Nurses were used at a time when the Red Cross was enrolling registered nurses for purposes of supporting the Army and Navy during WWI. The VNA Wolfeboro and Vicinity became incorporated in 1946. They became Medicare certified in 1967 shortly after Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the first nationwide health care program. In 1982 Medicare signed on Hospice services to their Medicare program. The VNA Wolfeboro and Vicinity added Volunteer Hospice to their list of services in 1994 after a merger with Hospice of Southern Carroll County. Within a few months, they were granted their Hospice Medicare Certified Status.
On The Other Side of Lake Winnipesaukee
Community Health & Hospice began with a small number of staff in 1975 as a certified Medicare Homecare agency. Within a few years, the number grew to roughly 27 staff members and quickly grew to meet the demands of Medicare patients. In 1992, they too merged with a local Hospice who held a Hospice Medicare Certified Status. Through the final merger, we care for patients in towns surrounding Lake Winnipesaukee, centralizing homecare services for New Hampshire Residents. We combined two of the four pediatric programs offered in the state, committed to provide services for chronic childhood illnesses as well as support for young children in their homes and school environments. Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice provides community services from birth to bereavement.
Photo above: Red Cross Defense Contingent tent with doctors and nurses. 1917-18 / source: The U.S. National Archive
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