History

Historical Timeline
1919 through the 1920s

May 1919 - the local branch of the American Red Cross identified public health nursing as the most critical community need.

December 1919 - the Old York Road Public Health Centre opened with a mission of aiding in the prevention of disease through the services of a registered nurse who is available to every home in the district; through individual instructions in the home and through education of children in schools. The original service area totaled 25 square miles and included Abington, Cheltenham and Lower Moreland Townships and Jenkintown and Rockledge Boroughs.

The 1930's

During the Depression the agency cooperated with others to provide food, clothing and fuel in addition to well-baby clinics, tuberculosis clinics and dental care.

The 1940's

During World War II the agency focused on the health needs of the wives and children of servicemen and defense workers.

The 1950's

In 1956 the agency merged with the Springfield-Whitemarsh Visiting Nurse Association and became the Visiting Nurse Association of Eastern Montgomery County.

The 1960's

The agency moved into its current headquarters at 1421 Highland Avenue in Abington.

The 1980's

The 1980s marked a time of significant mergers with local VNA organizations and a restructuring of the agency. By 1990 VNA-Community Services, Inc. was an independent non-profit agency serving Eastern Montgomery County and surrounding communities.

The 1990's

The 1990’s marked expansion of services into Central Montgomery County; the beginning of full-service nurse managed health centers through the Children’s Health Centers and VNA acceptance as a provider of in-home care for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and Adult Services.

This period also marked the start of formal outcome measures for all programs as well as significant advancement in the use of technology.

The 2000’s

2000-2008 marked a period of significant program growth. The In-Home Services Program provides over 100,000 hours of care. The Children’s Health Centers now provide services to children in residential facilities and a significant amount of health consultation to area childcare centers. During this time, the CPR and Pediatric First Aid training program was initiated and VNA formally established the Child Care Health Consultant Program.

In 2005 VNA with funding from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, VNA began the RxSupport Program to assist low-income individual in obtaining free or low-cost prescription medication.

In 2007 VNA sought and accepted responsibility for continuing the Montgomery County Personal Navigator Program, a county-wide program with a focus in Pottstown and Norristown that provides direct assistance to potentially eligible for available health and social service programs and benefits.

VNA has been providing home and community health and social service  solutions to area residents since 1919.

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