Manchester Visiting Nurse Association

April 4, 1910 – Manchester Women’s Club Board voted to start a fund to employ a district nurse

December 1910 – By-Laws named association Manchester Visiting Nurse Association

1911 – first nurse hired part time – Miss Laura Carney

1912 – nurse paid for by Metropolitan life Insurance Company because she tended to many of their clients

1913 – became affiliated with the American Red Cross Society – Miss Carney’s uniform now includes national insignia

1919 Flu Epidemic Nurses

Fall 1918 – great influenza epidemic

Manchester Cricket – “It is Impossible to gauge in anyway the amount of loss and suffering saved to our community by all the care and nourishing food so seriously needed as given from our nursing service.”


1919 Flu Epidemic

1919 – added dental clinic

1934 – purchased first automobile for nurse’s daily visit but “rumored that nurse preferred her bicycle”

1935 – Mrs. Helen Cool joined staff part time

1940s – Mrs. Cool became Head Nurse

1952 – Public Health Service and School department merged into Manchester Nursing Service


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July 1979 – joined Danvers, Beverly and Cape Ann to become Visiting Nurse Association of North Shore, Inc.

Again in 1995, three regional Visiting Nurse Associations (VNA North Shore, Cambridge VNA, and Dedham VNA) joined together to become VNA Care Network & Hospice.

The organization grew again when the VNA of Central Massachusetts joined in 2000 and the VNA of Boston in 2013.