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For 115 years, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire has been providing care at home across 140 communities in the two states.

“We’re a mission-driven nonprofit that’s reimagining rural home health and hospice care,” says Alysia Redfield, VNH’s talent acquisition manager.

VNH employs nurses, personal care attendants and other specialists who provide support from birth to end-of-life care. Redfield says the agency’s employees, those who work directly with people in the community, also are engaged in finding new and innovative ways to deliver the best patient experience possible.

VNH’s care providers work one-on-one with patients and develop lasting relationships with them. These specialists (and special people) include registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed nursing assistants, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, and occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants. Experienced registered nurses can earn up to $80,000 a year at VNH.

Positions are open in Bradford, Brattleboro, Randolph, Springfield, White River Junction, and Lebanon, N.H., says Redfield.

Those positions include registered nurses for hospice, maternal health and long-term care, and home health, as well as personal care assistants, case managers and physical therapists.

Redfield says VNH offers competitive pay and a sign-on bonus for specific positions, mileage reimbursement, mental health, dental and vision benefits, earned time off, a retirement plan and tuition reimbursement.

VNH, a member of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Health system, provides services to more than 5,000 people every year — that’s 150,000 home visits in an area that covers 4,000 square miles.

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“Patients and families benefit enormously from having care provided in their own home,” says Johanna Beliveau, president and CEO (and a registered nurse) at VNH.

“It’s where people live their lives day to day. They don’t live in the hospital, and so that’s the place where a lot of people want to be,” says Dr. Cristine Maloney, medical director of palliative care and hospice at VNH.

“The future of health care is home care,” agrees David Edson, VNH clinical manager.

Edson says VNH celebrates exceptional skill and autonomy among its staff. “It encourages you to perform at the highest clinical level.”

VNH also served a vital role in the past two years, reaching people at their homes for pandemic care and to offer vaccinations, not just for COVID-19 but also for the flu.

“The flu virus can cause significant health issues, especially for people over the age of 65 or individuals with a compromised immune systems. Receiving the flu vaccination is a step an individual can take to reduce their own risk of severe illness,” says Hilary Davis, vice president of strategy management for VNH. “With the additional risks that COVID-19 poses to our community and our health care system, individual actions such as getting vaccinated can have a big impact.”

Redfield says qualified applicants have to be passionate about health care to work at VNH. To apply, visit careers.vnhcare.org or email Redfield at aredfield@vnhcare.org.

VNH offers a full continuum of care that includes adult nursing, senior care, postoperative care and Medicare-approved visits and hospice.

Bob Audette can be contacted at raudette@reformer.com.