For more than 70 years, the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has served vulnerable populations such as at-risk children, the elderly, those with disabling and chronic illness, and people facing the end of life.
Founded in Rutland, Vermont, the VNAHSR is a non-profit, Medicare-certified home health and hospice agency delivering a wide-range of advanced medical care with compassion, dependability, and expertise to people of all ages.
Today, with office locations in Bennington, Dorset, Manchester and Rutland, VNAHSR is one of Vermont’s largest not-for-profit community health provider of home health, hospice and community services. More than 350 certified home health aides, rehabilitation therapists, social works and visiting nurses bring their skilled care and compassion to people who need it most each day. Whether in their homes, or through one of our many community clinics, VNAHSR bridges gaps to secure the health care people most need.
Proud of our national reputation for quality care, VNAHSR is highly rated for Quality of Patient Care and Patient Satisfaction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and is recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 performing home health agencies, by HomeCare Elite, a market-leading review that identifies top Medicare-certified agencies.
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.