RUTLAND—The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has received Certificate of Need approval from the Green Mountain Care Board for a merger with Manchester Health Services in Manchester, Vt.
“We are delighted to move forward with the merger,” said Ronald J. Cioffi, RN, CEO of the VNAHSR. “For more than 50 years, Manchester Health Services has shared our commitment to ensure that home health and hospice care remain a vital part of the healthcare continuum in Vermont. We believe this merger will prepare our organization for the unknowns of health care reform, increased regulatory burdens and shrinking reimbursements.”
Founded in Rutland in 1946 by the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, the VNAHSR is one of Vermont’s largest non-profit home health and hospice providers.
In the past 10 years, the agency has merged with other non-profit agencies including Dorset Nursing Association and the VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont in Bennington.
“We are proud of the growth of our agency,” said Cioffi. “As a financially solid organization, we have a strong commitment to coordinating care and delivering a full range of home health, hospice and community services for patients through all stages of life. As the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region, our name accurately represents the depth of our reach throughout Bennington and Rutland Counties.”