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VNA HistoryOur History

In 1976, Patricia Quinn Crow opened the Martin County office for the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, under the direction of the VNA of Palm Beach. The Martin County office started with one office manager, one nurse, and one part-time physical therapist. In its first month of operation, the staff performed 30 home health visits. In the 1980’s Patricia Quinn Crow retired, and her son, Don Crow worked his way from financial consultant, to chief operating officer, to CEO of VNA of Florida. In 1983 VNA of Florida expanded into both St. Lucie and Okeechobee Counties. Don Crow extended the VNA’s influence across the state, opening an office in Pasco County in 1996. In 2000, the VNA opened an office in Hernando County, and later in Hillsborough County in 2001 and Glades County in 2002. We now have 7 offices across the state serving over 19 counties with over 700 employees, with the original Martin County office now serving as the home office for VNA of Florida.

In 1985 our VNA private services sector, VNA Plus was founded as a sister agency to the VNA. VNA Plus addresses the needs of patients that require extended home care services. VNA Plus provides services such as skilled nursing, personal care, memory care, and geriatric care from the comfort of home. In 1987 we established the Visiting Nurse Foundation to serve the unmet healthcare needs of our patients. Each year the Foundation donates thousands of dollars in “free and subsidized care” to individuals throughout Florida needing home care and other services. Our charitable projects have included building handicap accessible ramps, paying overdue utilities bills, donating Thanksgiving meals, awarding scholarships to future nursing students, and more. Visit our VNA Foundation page for more information.

The VNA Mobile Clinic, the Florence Nightingale Express, was founded in 2006 to work as an extension of our Visiting Nurse Foundation. The Mobile Clinic provides free medical services to underserved communities in Florida. These services have included sports physicals for school-aged children, medical assistance for the uninsured or homeless, memory screenings for those experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and more. Visit our Mobile Medical Clinic page for more information.

In 2013, Visiting Physicians of the Treasure Coast was established to deliver services to seasonal residents whose primary physicians are out of state and for individuals unable to leave the house for appointments with their primary physician. We also offer these services to our Grand Oaks residents. Visiting Physicians provides high-quality medical care from the comfort of home. Visit our Visiting Physicians of the Treasure Coast page for more information.

In 2011, VNA of Florida opened our first of three assisted living communities, Grand Oaks of Okeechobee. In 2014 we opened Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach, followed by Grand Oaks of Palm City most recently in the fall of 2016. Both Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach and Grand Oaks of Palm City offer Memory Care Centers in addition to assisted living for those suffering from Alzheimer’s or other dementia disorders. Visit our Grand Oaks Assisted Living Communities page for more information.

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