During the late 1960's, a group headed by Dr. John Norris began working to bring the vision of a visiting nurse association for the Lake Sunapee region to reality. Prior to that time, each town had a nurse who would travel to provide education, immunizations and treatment.
Through these efforts, Kearsarge Visiting Nurse Association (KVNA) was founded and incorporated in January 1970 as a not-for-profit home health care organization, originally serving the towns of Bradford, Danbury, New London, Springfield, Sutton and Warner. Today, we serve more than 30 New Hampshire towns spanning 1,200+ square miles in Grafton, Merrimack and Sullivan counties. We provide home health care, hospice, palliative care and personal care services in homes and facilities. Additionally, we offer many community-based programs and clinics.
Our staff includes registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed nursing assistants, physical, occupational and speech therapists, medical social workers, spiritual care counselors, personal care service providers, homemakers, companions and support staff.
A volunteer Board of Trustees representing the geographic region served governs the organization.
We remain committed to our non-profit mission. We accept tax-deductible donations from the community in order to subsidize our costs. Your generosity helps us to meet the financial demands of providing high-impact services as a non-profit organization.Donate Now
Through the Years
Kearsarge Visiting Nurse Association was founded and incorporated as a not-for-profit home health care organization.
Newport Area Home Health Agency and Kearsarge Visiting Nurse Association merged to become Lake Sunapee Home Health Care.
Hospice of the Kearsarge Valley, a volunteer organization, and Lake Sunapee Home Health Care merged to become Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association (LSRVNA).
LSRVNA became certified by Medicare as a hospice provider.
LSRVNA became the first free-standing home health care organization to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
LSRVNA became the first agency in New Hampshire to provide home telemedicine.
LSRVNA purchased and moved into its new building, decreasing operating expenses and investing in the future. LSRVNA also opened The Renaissance Shoppe, a high quality resale shop raising funds and awareness for LSRVNA.
LSRVNA officially expanded its primary service area to include the towns of Canaan, Enfield, Grafton, Hanover and Lebanon in Grafton County/Upper Valley region and Plainfield and Cornish in Sullivan County.
The majority of the staff, services and programs of Connecticut Valley Home Care, formerly a division of Valley Regional Healthcare in Claremont, became part of Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice. This important partnership added three Sullivan County towns to the LSRVNA service area and increased the agency's staff from 120 to 190. LSRVNA was also named the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2016.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, LSRVNA found ways to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary and was honored to receive the Colby-Sawyer College 2020 Community Award.