GVNA HealthCare, Inc. of Gardner and VNA of Southern Worcester County of Webster announced that they will merge to create a stronger more resilient community VNA to better serve the 98 communities that make up their catchment area. The merge brings together two home health agencies who collectively have provided in-home care to patients for more than 219 years. The new name of the agency will be Care Central VNA & Hospice, Inc. …Healthcare in Your Neighborhood.
President and CEO, Elaine T. Fluet, RN, MSN, will lead the two merged agencies. Jacklyn Fleming, RN, MSN, JD, Executive Director of the VNA of Southern Worcester County will be retiring on April 1st after leading the successful agency for the past 41 years. Both CEO’s felt strongly that this merge would be a natural fit, as both agencies share the same core values and love of community.
“We have created similar cultures within our agencies that will line up perfectly as our staffs begin to work together as a team. We felt that merging our agencies will create an organization that is poised to work effectively and efficiently in today’s competitive home health market,” said Fluet & Fleming. Combined, the two agencies will employ approximately 275 healthcare professionals and support staff. The agency will maintain their offices in Gardner, Greenfield, Webster and Auburn.
The merge was approved by the Board of Directors at both agencies and is effective April 1, 2020. Both Fluet and Fleming noted how fortunate the agencies are to be joining forces to care for our communities for years to come.