The Campaign for the Vineyard Nursing Association
For close to 30 years, the Vineyard Nursing Association has been a critical component of the health care system on Martha’s Vineyard. From making sure that patients take their prescriptions properly to helping people manage their pain to providing physical therapy, our staff provides an array of essential services a patient needs to recover from illness or surgery. We are the only certified home health care agency on the Vineyard, and our nurses and home health aides serve more than 1,000 people each year.
Our ability to do our job became constrained by space limitations in our previous building. In less than a decade, the number of annual home visits has more than doubled – from 15,000 to over 40,000 – and we have grown our staff to 125 people on two islands in order to keep pace with the change. In that same time frame we have moved locations twice – in 2006 and 2008. Lacking sufficient room, we were unable to enroll everyone who wanted to attend our Stroke Support Group or to schedule additional support groups for other interests. Our aides, therapists, and nurses shared desks. Supplies were piled high in the attic, the only space we had to spare.
The VNA’s mission is not only to care for our community in the present, …