Two Boston Area Visiting Nurse Organizations Set To Merge
Contact: Bill Connors, CEO, GMVN&CH
Medford, MA – February 22, 2017 – Two venerable non-profit home care agencies serving a combined 52 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts have announced their intent to merge.
The plan to combine Greater Medford VNA, founded in 1900 in Medford, and Visiting Nurse & Community Health, founded in 1898 in Arlington, is currently under review by state regulators. Leaders of the two agencies anticipate that the merger will be approved on or before February 28, 2017.
The name of the merged organization will be Greater Medford Visiting Nurse & Community Health. The merged agency will consolidate its operations and administrative staff at 37 Broadway in Arlington and will maintain its presence in Medford by opening a new satellite office there.
Bill Connors, president of GMVNA, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the new entity. The management teams and boards of both organizations will be combined to guide the new organization forward. The merger will create a staff of nearly 200 full-time and part-time employees.
“This move to join forces represents a perfect strategic fit for both agencies, and will result in an organization that is better able to compete in today’s healthcare marketplace,” said Connors. “The added size and depth of resources will allow us to bring new levels of care to the patients, their families and the communities we both serve – a mission these two agencies have always had in common.”
Connors went on to list the complementary strengths that brought the two organizations together after almost two years of exploratory discussions. GMVNA has a growing private pay practice and a robust clinical coordination system. VNCH has significant rehabilitation therapy capabilities and an established hospice program, he said.
Connors expects an expanding private pay market and greater demand for hospice services to provide most of the combined agency’s growth over the next several years.
“This merger will broaden the scope of our service menu,” said Louise A Mallette, chairwoman of GMVNA, “and will ensure better continuity of care and even more comfort to our patients and their families.”
“We are delighted to have found a merger partner with such complementary strengths,” said Jane Puffer, chairwoman of VNCH. “Together, these two organizations will continue their 100-plus year commitment to provide the very best in community-based care.”
About the merging organizations
Greater Medford VNA and Visiting Nurse & Community Health share a strong and long-standing reputation for quality homecare services in the 52 eastern Massachusetts communities they serve.
The organizations provide skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aide, social work, hospice and other specialty services through dedicated, professional staffs. Services are covered under programs sponsored by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as through commercial health insurance and patients’ private resources.
For further comment and analysis, contact:
- Tim Burgers, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
firstname.lastname@example.org (617) 482-8830
- Ed Devaney, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Associations of New England
email@example.com (508) 480-0060
Cities and towns to be served by Greater Medford Visiting Nurse & Community Health:
East Boston 40,508
North Andover 28,352
North Reading 14,892