The VNA Today

A leader in visiting care for over 100 years. 

The history of the VNA dates back to the 1880s in New York where free nursing care was provided to the sickest and poorest who otherwise would not have access to health care. The influx of immigrants to the Northeast spurred several other VNAs to emerge and address the increased prevalence of illness and infectious diseases, such as polio and smallpox.
 
The pioneer of American public health nursing is Lillian D. Wald, a nurse, social worker, and advocate for women and children, who established the Henry Street Settlement in New York City.

 

VNA of Greater St. Louis also brings a legacy of over 100 years as the leader in bringing healthcare into the St. Louis  community.  VNA of Greater St. Louis is one of over 100 affiliated organizations with the Visiting Nurse Association movement that is represented in over 30 states as well as internationally. 

 

VNA of Greater St. Louis is one of the few independent,  nonprofit providers in the region.  Its focus is on compassionate care, not on generating corporate profits. VNA of Greater St. Louis has been awarded Joint Commission Accreditation for “Achieving the highest level of care for our patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.” 

 

Our History