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Our History

1974

  • In August, Marion Oechsner, William E. Terry, Barbara Morrison, RN, and George Kuhn discuss the possibility of establishing a Visiting Nurse Association in Vero Beach
  • William E. Terry was elected VNA’s first chairman

1975

  • VNA is chartered as a nonprofit home health agency by a group of volunteers who later become the first Board of Directors
  • VNA founders
    • Celeta Arden
    • Helen Brackins
    • George Kuhn
    • Ann Marie McCrystal
    • John Moore
    • Barbara Morrison
    • Marion Oechsner
    • William Terry
  • 80 home visits made during first month of operation

1976

  • Medicare provider number issued
  • Staff includes two nurses, one home health aide, a physical therapist and a secretary
  • Travel Adventure Series established as fund-raising event
  • 1,605 patient visits

1977

  • Rapid growth mandates need for two additional nurses
  • Blood pressure screenings and other community services initiated

1978

  • VNA exceeds 7,000 patient visits

1979

  • Staff increases to 24

1980

  • Memorial/Endowment Fund established

1981

  • Medicare direct billing via computer

1982

  • VNA joins forces with Hospice of the Treasure Coast to provide care for patients with terminal illnesses

1985

  • Staff increases to 30
  • Memorials and contributions total $15,000

1986

  • 37 VNA Hospice patients served
  • Human Services building groundbreaking

1987

  • After six moves in 11 years, the agency relocates to its headquarters on the grounds of IRC Hospital District

1988

  • More than 2,000 volunteer hours donated by 53 volunteers

1989

  • Staff increases to 150

1990

  • 15th anniversary

1991

  • First Golf-A-Thon raises $25,000

1992

  • In its first year of service, VNA Health Care on Wheels mobile unit treats more than 1,400 south Florida patients in need following Hurricane Andrew

1993

  • VNA Hospice serves more than 300 patients and families
  • 75,000 home visits

1994

  • 3,000-plus immunizations administered to Indian River County residents via “Shoo the Flu” campaign

1995

  • Camp Chrysalis children bereavement camp first session
  • VNA Hospice Thrift Avenue opens

1996

  • VNA Hospice House campaign launched

1998

  • Fourth Annual Women’s Health Expo reaches more than 1,000 women with health screenings
  • VNA Hospice incorporates the term ‘palliative care’ into its description of services
  • VNA Hospice House groundbreaking

1999

  • 82,990 home visits

2000

  • 10th Golf-A-Thon raises $103,000
  • VNA Space Coast office opens
  • Inaugural Treasure Coast Wine Auction raises $123,000 for VNA & Hospice Foundation
  • Staff increases to 338
  • VNA Hospice House opens
  • More than 300 volunteers contribute 25,538 hours

2001

  • VNA Space Coast office receives Medicare certification
  • Volunteer program increases by 26 percent, a $415,388 value
  • Dr. Richard Cunningham’s role expanded to VNA Medical Director
  • Point-of-care conversion; 60 laptop computer devices used in the field
  • Hospice House serves 156 patients

2002

  • VNA collaborates with local nonprofit agencies to create Women & Philanthropy program
  • Space Coast office serves 304 patients

2003

  • L.W. Pierce Family Foundation donates $1 million to VNA Hospice House Endowment Campaign
  • VNA initiates Healthcare Workforce Roundtable with local health care representatives
  • More than 350 volunteers donate 28,379 hours

2004

  • Indian River County Hospital District purchases new, state-of-the-art Health Care on Wheels mobile unit
  • Rehabilitation therapy program expanded to include physical, occupational and speech language pathology
  • VNA Health Care on Wheels mobile unit treats hundreds of Indian River and Charlotte county patients in need following hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne
  • VNA clinical and office staff work more than 4,000 hours at special needs shelter during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne

2005

  • VNA of the Treasure Coast celebrates its 30th anniversary
  • New model of care developed including cardiac, orthopedic/wound, and diabetes/urology teams
  • Approximately 5,600 patients receive care on VNA Mobile Unit

2006

  • VNA introduces a new brand identity “Comprehensive Healthcare. We’re There.” to the community
  • VNA Hidden Treasures resale boutique opens at new Vero “Miracle Mile” location
  • 16th Annual VNA Golf-A-Thon raises $168,000 for charitable home health and hospice care.

2007

  • VNA opens Sebastian office
  • VNA launches in-home telemonitoring initiative
  • Over 99,000 visits made
  • VNA Hospice serves 975 patients
  • More than 16,000 flu and pneumonia shots provided
  • Companion program re-branded as “Friends with Wheels”
  • 17th annual Golf-A-Thon raises more than $195,000
  • Mobile Unit services expanded to seven days per week, including new location in Wabasso; nealy 6,000 patient visits

2009

  • VNA Implements HomecareHomebase Electronic Medical Records System
  • VNA named one of Indian River County’s best places to work

2010

  • Joyce Baldrica named President & CEO of VNA
  • VNA Celebrates 35th Anniversary
  • 10th Anniversary of Hospice House Opening
  • 1st “Hustle for Home Health & Hospice” 3.5-mile Walk/Run Held
  • VNA named one of Indian River County’s best places to work

2011

  • Next-generation Cardiocom telehealth equipment procured
  • VNA launches Homesight program for patients living with low vision challenges
  • VNA named one of Indian River County’s best places to work

2012

  • Hidden Treasures Sebastian grand opening
  • VNA named one of Indian River County’s best places to work for 4th year in a row