Have you ever been served by a member of the Visiting Nurses Association? Chances are you have and may not even know it.
If you have attended a free health fair and received a blood pressure screening or a cholesterol test or even a reduced cost flu or pneumonia shot, it may have been administered by a member of the Visiting Nurses Association.
The association also picks up the tab for patients who need health care assistance in their own homes but are unable to pay for that care. The philosophy is to "care for all regardless of their age, sex, race, creed, disease process or ability to pay."
Today, more than a million people benefit from the association's services each year. The association is the oldest non-profit health care agency providing skilled care. It was modeled after the organization founded by Florence Nightingale and William Raithbone in England in 1859.
To enable the association to continue its work, more volunteers are needed. No special skills are required except a warm heart and a desire to share with others.
If you can spare a few hours a month, come to an informational meeting at 10 a.m. April 7 at the Visiting Nurse Association office, 8224 U.S. 19, Port Richey. For information, call Susan McNamara, volunteer coordinator, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday or Thursday at (813) 845-8099.
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