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