VNA Announces Decision to Explore Affiliation with UVM Health Network

VNA Board Signs Letter of Intent
The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday, May 25, 2017 to sign a non-binding Letter of Intent to explore a formal affiliation with the UVM Health Network. The agreement recognizes the on-going changes in health care delivery and the importance of greater integration and collaboration among providers, resulting in improved care and lower costs.

The Letter of Intent sets in motion a formal due diligence process, expected to last several months. During this time the VNA and UVM Health Network will further explore the benefits and impact of Vermont’s oldest and largest home health and hospice agency becoming the first affiliate dedicated to providing post-acute, community-based care.

“Since the first visionary nurses began caring for Burlington residents in their homes in 1906, the VNA has pioneered innovation in health care delivery. Today, our dedicated team of nurses, rehab therapists and other caregivers deliver high-quality care to people at home in every corner of Chittenden and  Grand Isle counties,” said Judy Peterson, president and CEO of the VNA.

“By bringing medically-complex care to people where they live, VNA staff help them to recover faster, avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, and provide the education and support needed to manage chronic conditions. We are very pleased to see that Dr. Brumsted and the leaders of UVM Health Network recognize the integral role home health and hospice plays in building healthier communities.”

The VNA and UVM Health Network began discussions in early 2016 around their shared vision and goals for improving patient experience and outcomes through a closer partnership.

“This is a significant milestone in the development of the UVM Health Network. Having the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties join the network would give us the opportunity to better coordinate patient care wherever it is delivered and improve outcomes for the residents of those two counties,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center. “As we move away from the fee-for- service world, this type of integration is essential.”

About the VNA
The VNA is a 111-year-old non-profit home health and hospice agency providing medically-complex home and community-based care to individuals and families throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties.  VNA programs span a lifetime and include comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, hospice and palliative care services, adult day programs and private care services. Last year, the VNA served over 5,400 individuals and provided $1.54 million in charitable care to our neighbors in need. The VNA is proud to be a funded agency of the United Way of Northwest Vermont. For more information on VNA services and programs, please contact the VNA at (802) 658-1900 or visit www.VNACares.org

About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:

Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our affiliates remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.