In 1958, Evelyn Reed of Bristol and Hope Swain of New Hampton became acutely aware of the need for nursing services to area residents. With the help of Dr. John C. Greenan, who became the first president, the Newfound Area Nursing Association was organized in January of 1960 to provide skilled nursing services to the towns of Bristol, Bridgewater and New Hampton. Rosemary Gallup was appointed as the first nurse and began her duties out of the “White Schoolhouse” in Bristol.
In 1969, the town of Alexandria was added to the service area and physical therapy became the second service to be offered.
Since then the services have grown to include, not only skilled nursing and physical therapy, but also Home Health Aide and Homemaker services, Speech and Occupational therapy, Medical Social Worker, Well Child, blood pressure, foot care and immunization clinics and other community support services, such as support groups and a care management program, are also provided.
There has been a great deal of change in health care delivery and reimbursement which have had an adverse impact on home care agencies over the years. Despite these, NANA remains a strong influence in the community.
There have been many people dedicated to NANA, and provision of services to the community. It is due to all those people and their accomplishments that we are here today. Thank you to all of them and thank you to all of you who continue to support our efforts.