By Richard Asinof
LINCOLN – On April 2, Visiting Nurse Home Care will celebrate 105 years of providing the highest quality care to patients where they most want to be, at home, according to organization officials.
First founded in 1908 as the Woonsocket Anti-Tuberculosis Association, the organization began with one nurse. In 2012, Visiting Nurse Home Care traveled more than 437,000 miles, providing more than 80,000 home visits to more than 3,500 patients across Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts.
“Innovation, forward thinking and being responsive to our patient’s needs has allowed us to provide patient-centric care and to create a legacy of quality home care 105 years in the making,” said Donna Gouveia, president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Home Care. “We look forward to continuing to provide compassionate care to the communities we serve.”
Last year, Visiting Nurse Home Care performed the first successful in-home platelet and blood transfusion in the region, according to Gouveia. The organization employs technology such as Telehealth, a remote monitoring system that tracks blood pressure, weight, pulse rates and blood oxygen saturation levels, all from the patient’s home.
In February of 2012, Visiting Nurse Home Care affiliated with Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island to continue to grow in order to meet their patient’s needs.
“Our work is rooted in a commitment to excellence, which ensures our patients and their families receive the highest quality care they need,” Gouveia said.