On July 28, 1913, the then Bangor Health Committee’s nurse, Edith Bicknell, made her first home health visit. She was known to make visits to homes by foot, horse, and trolley. Now known as Bangor Area Visiting Nurses (BAVN), a lot has changed in 100 years with technology, clinical education and certainly transportation! What has not changed is the dedication to serve the sick, injured or dying (through BAVN’s Hospice of Eastern Maine program) in their homes, where they most want to be.
“We are privileged to be among the few organizations that make it to their 100th anniversary,” explains Lisa Harvey-McPherson, President and CEO of Eastern Maine HomeCare. “Bangor Area Visiting Nurses’ longevitiy is a direct result of the commitment of volunteers who founded this organization, the many staff members that have served our patients and families over the years, and the donors who support our efforts to care for those healing from illness or injury.”
Innovation continues to be key to BAVN’s sustainability. Technology is instrumental in healthcare delivery today, and BAVN has been a leader in the use of electronic medical records and telehealth to serve its patients safely, effectively and at the lowest possible cost. “BAVN was part of the ground-breaking Bangor Beacon project, which advanced the integration of homecare by connecting patients with chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and asthma) with in-home telehealth technology and Patient Centered Medical Home care managers,” says Harvey-McPherson. “As a result, patients better understand their disease process and what they need to do to better manage their health and improve their quality of life. In fact, many patients will tell you the Bangor Beacon pilot project has changed their lives. We are very proud to be a part of such a life-changing model of care.”
Bangor Area Visiting Nurses was started by a group of local volunteers in 1913; thanks to our membership in EMHS and our dedicated, Maine-based volunteer board of directors, we help ensure that our mission to offer services to all, regardless of ability to pay, is fulfilled. A part of Eastern Maine HomeCare, Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, Hancock County HomeCare & Hospice, and Visiting Nurses of Aroostook serve nearly 3,500 home health and hospice patients each year in central, eastern and northern Maine. For more information about our home care and hospice services, please visit www.easternmainehomecare.org, or call our Patient Referral Line toll-free at 1-866-591-8843.
Read more about BAVN's 100 years spotlighted recently on WABI TV5