Visiting Nurse Association exploring ‘affiliation’ with UVM Health Network

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The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties, located in Colchester, is exploring a formal affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network. (File photo by Michaela Halnon)

The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties is exploring a formal affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network, according to a press release from the home health and hospice agency.

The release said the agreement recognizes changes in healthcare and the importance of “greater integration and collaboration among providers” to improve patient experience and outcomes.

The VNA office building is located on Prim Road in Colchester. The nonprofit organization’s inpatient hospice facility, the Respite House, moved to a new Route 7 construction in town last year.

A presentation from the town’s public works department lists the VNA among the top 10 largest employers in Colchester.

The agency offers nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management and adult day programs, among other offerings. The organization served more than 5,400 individuals last year, according to the release.

“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 Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center, in the release.

“As we move away from the fee-for-service world, this type of integration is essential,” Brumsted continued.

Last month, the VNA Board of Directors voted unanimously to sign a “non-binding letter of intent,” the release said, kicking off a “due diligence process” expected to last several months.

Discussions of a partnership began early last year, according to the release.