Letter: MHS will continue to serve Northshire

To the Editor:

At the beginning of World War ll, financial support for many service projects was withdrawn. The Manchester District Nursing Association had for many years served our community, but now there was an additional need for preventive care, rehabilitation, and social services.

Mr. Henry Wehrhane believed that Manchester could, and would, support an organization dedicated to providing home health. Enlisting the aid of Miss Mary Rogers Warren and district nurse Mrs. Mary Torrey, he gave freely of his money, time, energy, and vision to make this organization a reality, establishing Manchester Welfare and Nursing Association in 1942.

The intervening years have seen many changes, as evidenced by a change in name to Manchester Health Services in 1973.

Enduring through all the changes has been the goal of providing home care and preventive services by means of a community-supported agency governed by a local, voluntary Board of Directors.

Although we are the smallest member of VNA's of Vermont, the professional association for the ten non-profit home health agencies in the state, we have received some national recognition. For the past five years we have been named as a top agency by HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top performing home health agencies in the United States, based on publically available performance measures, patient experience, and performance improvement, We are also rated a 4-star agency by Medicare, scoring higher than both state and national average in performance outcomes.

The board of Directors of Manchester Health Services, Inc. wishes to assure the members of the communities we serve, Manchester, Arlington, Sunderland and Sandgate that MHS is alive and well and will continue to provide all services and programs as usual.

Our merger with VNAHSWR (Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Southwest Region) will allow us to increase services and provide more programs as well as expand our Out Patient Therapy Department.

Management will remain local; the computer programs will be networked with a central office for billing. Educational programs will become more available and familiar faces will prevail.

The biggest change will be our letterhead stating we are part of the VNAHSWR a non-profit Home Health Agency covering the Bennington, Manchester, Dorset and Rutland area.

Please support the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region which will now include Manchester Health Services.

James Comar, President

The Manchester Health Services Board Of Directors


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