“We come in as strangers. We leave as friends.”
This phrase summarizes the impact of Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association in the community during the past fifty years. Lori McSorley, business development manager for the organization, told the story.
Over the years, Visiting Nurses has had six different offices and a number of dedicated directors. Currently the organization houses at Bert Nash. Cynthia Lewis has been CEO since 2013.
Services expanded from home health and rehabilitation to include hospice care in 1981. In 2010, the organization began providing non-medical assistance through “Help at Home.” Visiting Nurses has made over 1,580,000 visits to more than 38,000 patients since they began.
Funding remains a challenge as federal reimbursements to Medicare continue to be reduced, but Visiting Nurses remains dedicated to serving everyone, whether or not they can pay.