Concord Regional VNA celebrates 120th anniversary

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Concord Regional VNA President and CEO Beth Slepian addresses the crowd of nearly 200 staff members, volunteers, partners, community members and local officials during a reception to celebrate the VNA's 120th anniversary. Courtesy of Concord Regional VNA

Concord Regional VNA President and CEO Beth Slepian addresses the crowd of nearly 200 staff members, volunteers, partners, community members and local officials during a reception to celebrate the VNA’s 120th anniversary. Courtesy of Concord Regional VNA

Beth Slepian, president and CEO of Concord Regional VNA (left), and Geraldine Holmes, CFO of Concord Regional VNA (center), presented the inaugural “Living Our Values” award to Cindy Bergeron, director of paraprofessional services at Concord Regional VNA, during a reception to celebrate the group’s 120th anniversary. The peer-nominated “Living Our Values” award was created to honor staff, past and present, for the tireless dedication and work ethic the agency has been known for since it was established in 1899. Courtesy of Concord Regional VNA

Nearly 200 staff members, volunteers, partners, community members and local officials gathered recently at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association to celebrate the agency’s 120th anniversary and to recognize one employee with the inaugural “Living Our Values” award. Concord Regional VNA was incorporated in 1899 as the not-for-profit Concord District Nursing Association to establish and maintain a system of district nursing in Concord. Today, Concord Regional VNA is the state’s largest home health and hospice provider, serving the residents of 44 communities in New Hampshire across the entire life span – from birth to end of life.

Concord Regional VNA employs more than 400 highly skilled clinicians and staff members who provide unmatched care through a broad array of services, including home care, hospice care, palliative care, pediatric and maternal child health and personal home services to more than 6,500 New Hampshire residents of all ages each year. The agency also offers community clinics and wellness programs to help people maintain their health, wellbeing and independence.

“Over the past 120 years, our name and location have changed, our technology has advanced and our services have expanded, but our mission remains true to the goal upon which our agency was founded – our business is everybody’s health,” said Beth Slepian, president and CEO of Concord Regional VNA. “It is truly a privilege for all of us to be able to help enhance the lives of people in our community or support them and their families through the end-of-life experience.”

To commemorate the agency’s 120th anniversary and to honor the respect, compassion, excellence, leadership and stewardship embodied by its many dedicated employees, past and present, Concord Regional VNA introduced the “Living Our Values” award. The inaugural, peer-nominated award was presented by Slepian and CFO Geraldine Holmes to Cindy Bergeron, director of paraprofessional services, during the celebration.

Bergeron has been with Concord Regional VNA for nearly 15 years. She began as a homecare nurse and has held various positions within the agency. In October, she was promoted to her current role where she oversees the agency’s 94 Licensed Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aids.

The colleagues who nominated Bergeron for the award noted, “Cindy’s interactions with patients and families are nothing short of amazing,” and, “Cindy’s commitment to her work and the agency inspires others to want to do and be better, work harder, and achieve more.”

A number of prominent members of the community spoke about Concord Regional VNA’s significant value to the community, including Capital Region Health Care trustee B.J. Entwisle, M.D., and representatives from the offices of United States Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. Slepian read a Commendation from New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu.

Jayne Golde, R.N., Concord Regional VNA home care nurse, reflected on how the agency has evolved since joining nearly 20 years ago. “None of this growth could have occurred without the people, past and present, in this organization, who set a high bar for home care and are the reason we continue to succeed and grow,” she said. “Most importantly, I want to recognize our clients…who allow us the privilege of coming into their homes, continuing to support and refer us to others in their families and communities.”

Concord Regional VNA has been caring for people in their homes since 1899. The agency has led the way in population health, from Tuberculosis clinics in the early 1900s, to family planning and homemaker services in the 1970s, to sexually transmitted disease services in the 1980s, to senior care services and wellness programs in the 1990s, to flu clinics, wellness programs and more in the 2000s. In 1994, the agency opened New Hampshire’s first Hospice House, which marked its 25th anniversary in June 2019.

“Concord Regional VNA has excelled for 120 years by understanding the needs of our community and adapting to provide the best possible care,” said Slepian.

Andy MorseConcord Regional VNA

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