Nonprofits  April 13, 2016

Nonprofit home health-care organizations merge

GREELEY — Two home health-care organizations in Colorado have merged in an effort to achieve greater efficiencies and compete with larger health-care systems.

Rehabilitation & Visiting Nurse Association, based in Greeley, has merged with Denver-based Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, the two nonprofits announced earlier this week.

The new organization will use the name Colorado VNA beginning May 1.

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Both Colorado VNA and RVNA have provided care for decades, and in Colorado VNA’s case, for well over a century, having been founded in 1889.

“Although RVNA has sustained itself for almost 37 years, this merger will help take our organization to the next level in terms of being able to attract and retain more staff with better pay and benefits, as well as operate more efficiently and better serve our clients with technology improvements,” said Lori Follett, RVNA’s chief executive.

RVNA’s clinical operations and leadership will remain in Greeley from where it serves clients in Larimer and Weld counties. Colorado VNA serves 15 counties along the Front Range, including Boulder and Broomfield. Administrative tasks will be handled in Denver.

“Combining Colorado VNA and RVNA into one agency will provide economies of scale in home health not previously seen in Colorado,” said Chris Lee, Colorado VNA’s CEO. “Together, Colorado VNA and RVNA will create the network and services required to be successful in the changing, and more complex, health-care landscape.”

 

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