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May 4-10 is National VNA Week

By Stephen Tweed

Several weeks ago, Elizabeth and I had the privilege of spending three days in Las Vegas for the VNAs of America annual conference.  It’s always a delight to reconnect with our friends and clients from the various Visiting Nurse Associations across the US.  VNA’s have played a huge roll in the growth and development of Leading Home Care.

The story begins in 1982 when I received a call from our pastor who had just been elected Chairman of the Board of the local Visiting Nurse Association in Oil City, Pennsylvania.  (Read the rest of the story)  Since then we’ve worked with over a hundred VNAs across the country from Portland, Maine to San Diego, and from Key West, Florida to Seattle.  Our work with VNAs has centered on four specific service areas;  strategic planning, leadership development, marketing strategy, and private duty home care.

I’ve also served on the Boards of Directors of three different VNAs in Oil City, PA; Reading, PA; and Louisville, KY; and as the interim President and CEO of the VNA in Louisville. Over those year’s I’ve been active in the VNAs of America, attending as a board member, keynoting our convention, and providing educational programming for members.

This coming week, May 4 – 10, 2014, we celebrate National VNA Week as we salute VNAs and all of the not-for-profit home health agencies and hospices who come together to exchange ideas, solve problems, and support home health care in America.

Here’s Your Home Health Trivia Question

How well do you know the history of home health care in America. Here’s your trivia quiz for today?

When was the first organization formed that became a VNA?

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