Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice (BAVNAH) is a local Medicare-certified, non-profit home care agency that provides the highest quality home health and nursing care, hospice, private duty, and community health services to people throughout Bennington County.
With just a single nurse who worked out of her own house to provide care to Bennington residents, to the full service agency that exists today, VNA services have certainly run the gamut in Bennington. Following the efforts of one nurse making home visits, which began in 1947, Bennington Area Home Health (BAHH) began as a department of the Town of Bennington with less than five employees. In 1986, BAHH became incorporated as a private, non-profit corporation and Medicare-certified as a homecare agency. In 1993, BAHH became accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations – the first homecare agency in Vermont to become JCAHO accredited! In 1997, BAHH became a subsidiary of then-Putnam Memorial Health Corporation, which later became Southwestern Vermont Health Care in 2000. In 2004, BAHH became certified as a Hospice provider and began offering hospice services to the Bennington community. In 2005, the agency name was changed to VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care to better align the agency with the Southwestern Vermont Healthcare corporation, and to better identify services provided to the community by the agency. In 2014, VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care transferred its operations to the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region in effort to improve care coordination, expand services across Bennington County, and prepare the area for health care reform. In 2015, the agency officially changed its name to Bennington Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.
BAVNAH is at the forefront in state-of-the-art home health care, offering the latest advances in technology so we can perform therapies and monitor patients in ways once reserved for hospital settings. The use of these technologies has helped reduce the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits. We have a track record of well-established, trusted relationships with our patients and families, our referral sources and community partners. BAVNAH is Bennington’s number one choice in providing home health care. We invite you to call upon us when choosing a home health agency for yourself or a loved one. It would be our privilege to serve you.