Our Mission & History

In 1911, community leaders of Attleboro were becoming concerned about public health in the face of threatening communicable diseases. A community campaign was launched to raise funds to establish the Attleboro Anti-Tuberculosis Society. They recruited a trained nurse from Providence and created a “district nursing service” (home visiting nurses) to care for the community’s most vulnerable members, including the elderly, the disabled and the growing number of low wage workers and their families who increasingly were drawn to Attleboro’s early manufacturing enterprises.

3 Nurses and a 1920s car
These nurses in the 1920s made their visits to homebound patients using the transportation of the times.

Known today as Community VNA, the Anti-Tuberculosis Society was the first organized healthcare service in Attleboro, pre-dating the local community hospital, Sturdy Memorial, by two years.

The little district nursing agency grew and flourished over the decades. In the 1960s and 70s, in order to meet more rigorous requirements under newly enacted Medicare legislation, a number of area towns merged their town visiting nurse services into Attleboro’s larger Community VNA, to create the region-wide, non-profit home health and hospice agency we know today.

In 1983, Hospice Care was formally added to Community VNA to provide skilled and compassionate end of life care to those in need.

In 1984, a non-profit sister agency, HealthCare Options, was created to provide other types of community-based health services and care. Today this includes Help at Home care, health and wellness education, public health nursing, worksite flu clinics, and adult day health centers located in Norwood, Mansfield and Taunton. 

In 1984 a non-profit parent organization, Community Health Systems, was established to coordinate and oversee the two non-profit subsidiaries, Community VNA and HealthCare Options.

Our Mission

Community VNA and its affiliates provide services and resources that enhance the community’s capacity to achieve optimal health, wellness and quality of life

Centennial Celebration 2011

In 2011, Community VNA celebrated its Centennial with a year of scheduled special events and happenings. See images from the Historical Exhibit [PDF, 171KB] on display at Community VNA during 2011, which was put together in observance of our Centennial Celebration.

Today Community VNA includes the following:

  • Community VNA
    Skilled nursing and rehabilitation care, Certified by Medicare
  • Community VNA Hospice & Palliative Care
    Hospice and Palliative Care are specialized programs that provide advanced care for individuals and their families who are facing any type of serious, life-limiting illness.
  • Community VNA Private Care - help at home
    Help at Home is the extra assistance you prefer to help you or your loved ones to live more safely and comfortably at home, thanks to our wide range of personal care and in-home services.
  • Norfolk and Mansfield Adult Day Health Centers
    Care and support during the day for frail elders and disabled adults at our Centers located in Norwood, MA and in Mansfield, MA.
10 Emory Street | Attleboro, MA 02703 | Phone: 800.220.0110
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