Health at Home
Health at Home Locations
CHI St. Vincent is committed to move beyond exceptional medicine to exceptional health. That commitment extends beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics and into the homes of our patients through CHI St. Vincent Health at Home. Every patient, customer, health care partner of CHI St. Vincent Health at Home can still expect the same high level of care and service they have always received from our home health agencies that date back to 1938.
As we move into the next era of health care, together, we will continue to exceed the expectations of our patients and consumers, while working to truly imagine better health.
As a long-time member of the community and one of the highest-rated home care providers in Arkansas, CHI St. Vincent can ensure quality compliance and standards of care that provide patients with optimal outcomes.
Through the home visits of nurses, therapists and home health aides CHI St. Vincent Health at Home is continuing to build healthy communities by offering a full continuum of compassionate care to every patient in the comfort of their own home.
CHI St. Vincent Health at Home has three locations, serving all of central Arkansas at 220 McAuley Ct. in Hot Springs; 1 Executive Center Court in Little Rock and 2110 Helicopter Lane in Morrilton.
CHI St. Vincent Health at Home History 1938 - Present
Arkansas’ first name in home health opened its doors for business on Jan. 1, 1938; the result of concerns by the Junior League that there was a vast gap of health services in Little Rock. The Junior League, sponsors of a maternity and child health program in the community for over 20 years, was staffed by volunteers who had a front row seat to illness and other needs in the homes they visited. As they cared for the babies and mothers, they noticed that the siblings and fathers were often sick as well. A group of caring professionals and lay citizens came together to discuss a health program that would require the services of trained nurses to make home visits in the community.
Following a three month survey by the National Council of Community Chests (currently known as the United Way), it was determined that “steps should be taken which would materially strengthen, enlarge and co-ordinate a health program, and a visiting nurse service should be established.” Accepting the recommendation as a challenge, the Community Chest leaders called upon the Junior League to organize a Visiting Nurse Association. The Junior League, meeting the challenge, organized volunteers and provided the space that would become the first headquarters of VNA of Greater Little Rock, in the form of the Charles M. Taylor Memorial Home on East Capitol Avenue. The association was funded by the Community Chest of Greater Little Rock.
To organize the program, an initial committee was compiled of Junior League members and three other community leaders. The first thing the committee did was send a call for help to the national organization of Public Health Nurses. The PHN sent Dorothy Deming, its Director and an outstanding expert on public health nursing in the country, to aid in the setup. Conferring with Community Chest and Council of Social Agencies leaders, physicians, tuberculosis association officers, Red Cross leaders and many others directly interested in a public health program for Greater Little Rock, Deming devised a plan for the VNA program.
The association was enthusiastically supported by the Pulaski County Medical Society which elected a Medical Advisory Board from its members to review any medical issues that came before the board. Elizabeth Hoeltzel, long prominent in the Greater Little Rock area of Public Nursing, was appointed director. The remaining staff was comprised of two other public health nurses, Casrine Rufener, a graduate of CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and Hazel Kuhns, a graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital, Bellingham, Washington. Grown from a seed of caring concern for their fellow man, a lot of planning and hard work, the Junior Leagues’ vision had become a reality; Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Little Rock was established.
The first VNA patient’s father was unemployed and at the time of service could afford to pay nothing; therefore the fee for services for this family was waived. During its first year of operation, the nurses employed by the VNA of Greater Little Rock made 4,842 visits to 786 patients in 642 homes.
From humble beginnings, in an ever-changing world of insurance coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, health care regulations and new technology over the past seven decades, the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Little Rock has changed and grown. As the community it served continued to grow, the name changed to the Visiting Nurse Association of Arkansas to encompass all areas of service, outside of Little Rock. Taking root in the minds and hearts of caring volunteers from the Junior League, concerned for the needs of their fellow man, an idea for a program that would minister to the health needs of people from all walks of life, regardless of their ability to pay, became a reality. Continuing the legacy of caring begun by the Jr. League Volunteers, the VNA of Arkansas has continued to provide for some of the non-clinical needs of patients through our Patient Assistance Fund, funded by community donations and grants.
Effective July 1, 2015, the VNA of Arkansas name changed to CHI St. Vincent Health at Home, realigning the organization more closely with CHI St. Vincent and Catholic Health Initiatives.