November 23, 2020

Concord Regional VNA Named Nonprofit of the Year

Concord Regional VNA, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, has been named Nonprofit of the Year by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce in its annual Pinnacle Awards. Guests gathered virtually for the 15th annual Pinnacle Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 19, to celebrate Concord Regional VNA and other businesses and individuals who have demonstrated professional excellence and commitment to the Chamber and the Greater Concord community. 

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our entire team, and we thank the Chamber and the selection committee for honoring our agency with this community award,” said Beth Slepian, President and CEO, Concord Regional VNA. “From our agency’s beginning in 1899, our staff has been committed to the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. They have cared for patients during the Spanish Flu epidemic, the AIDS epidemic and now face the tremendous challenge of caring for residents across 44 communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, all while carrying on our mission of providing skilled, compassionate home health care and hospice services, and finding innovative ways to deliver wellness services and programming virtually. I am proud of our team, and credit their hard work, dedication and resilience for earning this honor for Concord Regional VNA.”

Concord Regional VNA was incorporated in 1899 as the not-for-profit “Concord District Nursing Association” to establish and maintain a system of district nursing in Concord. In the first year, the agency’s first nurse visited 145 patients. Today, Concord Regional VNA is the state’s largest home health and hospice care provider, with more than 400 clinicians and staff serving an average of more than 8,000 residents every year across the entire life span – from birth to end-of-life. The agency provides a broad array of services to 44 communities in the state, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health, and personal home services, as well as community clinics and wellness programs.

The agency has led the way in population health, from offering Tuberculosis clinics in the early 1900s, to leading the way with family planning and homemaker services in the 1970s, to providing care and education on sexually transmitted disease in the 1980s, to introducing senior care services, baby’s first homecoming visits and wellness programs in the 1990s, and flu clinics, wellness programs and more in the 2000s. 
In 1981, Concord Regional VNA began providing hospice care in homes and nursing facilities, and in 1994, the agency opened the first Hospice House in New Hampshire to provide community members with a place to call home during a peaceful and supportive end-of-life journey. The 10-bedroom Hospice House is a warm, personalized home that includes 24-hour skilled nursing care for terminally ill patients and their families. More than 3,500 patients and their families have been cared-for at Hospice House since its doors opened nearly 26 years ago. 

Today, Concord Regional VNA is on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, continuing to care for the most vulnerable people in the greater Concord community in their homes, while adhering to New Hampshire Department of Health and CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their patients and staff and their families, and the broader community.

As the healthcare landscape in New Hampshire, and the nation, continues to rapidly change, Concord Regional VNA is constantly evaluating ways to adapt and improve the delivery of home-based care and hospice services. Earlier this year, Concord Regional VNA and Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice announced the two agencies’ intent to merge in an effort to perpetuate nonprofit home care and hospice access to the region’s most vulnerable people. This will be the first merger in Concord Regional VNA’s history, and will expand its service area to 83 communities in central New Hampshire. More information on the proposed merger is available at www.vnaforthefuturenh.com