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Higgins Recognizes 125 Year History of Visiting Nursing Association in WNY

Updated: 7/8/2010

Congressman Discusses Role of Nurses Moving Forward

L to R: Cyndi Ahlstrom, RN, VNA Branch Manager, Chautauqua; Judy Baumgartner, COO Home Care; and Congressman Brian Higgins

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) made a stop at the Chautauqua County office for the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) of Western New York to give special recognition to the organization that has served patients through in-home care for the last 125 years.  

“For generations the VNA has provided top notch professional care with a personal touch,” said Congressman Higgins. 

“The service they provide is an invaluable gift to the patients and their families and allows many to stay in their homes that otherwise couldn’t.  It is an honor for me to recognize this 125 year milestone and I hope their great work continues for many years to come.”
In 1885 Elizabeth Coe Marshall founded what became the VNA when she collected donations to hire a traveling nurse to serve the sick in the City of Buffalo. Today, the VNA of WNY has grown to 900 nurses serving 24,000 patients annually with over 500,000 home visits across eight counties.  VNA Branch offices are located in Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Genesee and Allegany Counties.  
Seventy people work out of the Jamestown office facilitating almost 30,000 home visits last year alone.  The Chautauqua County branch is proudly recognized for outstanding approval ratings and outcomes.