Two Boston Area Visiting Nurse Organizations Set To Merge

Two Boston Area Visiting Nurse Organizations Set To Merge

Contact:  Bill Connors, CEO, GMVN&CH

(781) 396.2633

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            (617) 482-8830

  • Ed Devaney, President and CEO, Visiting Nurse Associations of New England                         (508) 480-0060

Cities and towns to be served by Greater Medford Visiting Nurse & Community Health:

Name                          Population                                                    

Amesbury                    16,283

Andover                       33,201

Arlington                     42,844

Bedford                       13,320

Belmont                      24,729

Beverly                        40,664

Billerica                       40,243

Boxford                       7,965

Brookline                     58,732

Burlington                   24,498

Cambridge                  107,289

Charlestown                16,916

Chelmsford                33,802

Chelsea                       37,670

Concord                       17,668

Danvers                       26,493

East Boston                 40,508

Everett                        42,935

Georgetown               8,183

Haverhill                     62,088

Lawrence                    77,657

Lexington                    31,394

Lincoln                         6,362

Lowell                          108,861

Lynn                             91,589

Lynnfield                     11,596

Malden                        60,509

Marblehead                19,808

Medford                      57,170

Melrose                       27,690

Middleton                   8,897

North Andover           28,352

North Reading           14,892

Nahant                        3,410

Newton                        87,971

Peabody                      52,044

Reading                       24,747

Revere                         53,756

Salem                          42,544

Saugus                         26,628

Somerville                   78,804

Stoneham                    21,437

Swampscott                 14,722

Tewksbury                   28,961

Wakefield                    24,932

Waltham                     62,227

Watertown                  32,996

Westford                     21,951

Wilmington                 22,325

Winchester                  21,374

Winthrop                     17,497

Woburn                       39,083