About the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association
Your Local Area Nurses – Serving the Lakes Region Area since 1923
The History of The Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association
Incorporation occurred July 31st, 1923 and that October, Miss Marion Thompson was hired as the first nurse at a salary of $25 per month. She visited 370 individuals in 1924. The only employee of the agency, the nurse was also responsible for the school children in the area helping with vaccinations and physicals for 360 children.
Multiple nurses have come and gone at the agency – some for brief stays, others with longer tenures – but all helped the agency become what it is today. In 1926 the history shows that the nurses assisted with 8 tonsil and adenoid surgeries and 6 deliveries of babies.
Housed in several locations over the years – the agency finally moved to its permanent home in 2011 at 186 Waukewan Street in Meredith. That same year Meredith Public Health Nursing Association became the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor. The client numbers have grown into thousands of visits each year and a staff of nurses, nursing assistants, and therapists and office personnel is needed. Although the changes are many over the last 90 years, the core values of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association remain the same – to provide health care services to the citizens of our rural communities within their homes.
Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association – Our Dedicated Staff
Executive Director of the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association
I couldn’t be more proud of the LRVNA team members!
Each and every day I can see the overwhelming compassionate care that my team offers our community. Providing quality nursing care at home is one of the most rewarding experiences. At the end of everyday, we feel good, knowing that we have made such a difference in people’s lives.
“There’s no place like home.” Right?
Mary Elliard is in her 3rd year working with the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association. Starting as the Office Administrator, Mary quickly became the Finance Director in which she is responsible for the efforts, results, and success of the organization’s finance department. Mary Provides financial advice and support to help senior executives and board members make key decisions. Her many responsibilities also include overseeing, reviews, and adheres to the budgets for each business department, ensuring that all the company’s financial practices are in line with statutory regulations and legislation, and supervises financial assistants and other employees in the facilitation of day-to-day operations, including tracking financial data, invoicing, payroll, etc.
Mary also has had a distinguished career as an independent. She owned and operated AccountAbility Plus for 18 years where she was a Public Accountant (PA), and a certified Enrolled Agent (EA) with the IRS. AccountAbility Plus was a bookkeeping, payroll and tax preparation firm. Mary’s exceptional attention to detail helped countless individuals and Businesses deal successfully with a multitude of IRS issues. Mary’s tireless and effective methods saved her clients from the loss of thousands of dollars and many sleepless nights.
Mary attended Springfield College and got her degree in Exercise Science. For many years, Mary was a personal trainer and taught various levels of aerobic conditioning at local gyms and YMCA’s. Mary became a Certified Matter of Balance Coach in 2015. She eventually became interested in business and tax preparation, so much so she worked for H&R Block for many seasons and moved into their Premier office to work with high-end clients and businesses. Mary has gone on to garner many hours of Continuing Education and certifications in Bookkeeping, Management Accounting, HR and is a certified QuickBooks® ProAdvisor. Mary, being a life learner, is currently enrolled and expects to complete her MBA in Business Administration.
Mary’s interest in sports and fitness is self-evident and you will often find her cross-country skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer with her dog Koda always by her side. Mary is an active member of the local gym participating in workout classes and yoga, and Mary will be the first to tell you that her greatest accomplishments are her family. She and her husband Ron have been together for 30 years and have two beautiful children Jonathan (26) and Alysha (25). Mary and Ron are active Motorcycle riders, skiers and golfers. You will often find them walking Koda around the streets of Meredith where Koda is better recognized than either Mary or Ron!
In 1990 she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has been in the home health care since 2005. For over 15 years, she worked in a variety of areas at the Concord Hospital. She has found that providing in home services a luxury with the ability to focus on each client until their needs have been met. She loves the New Hampshire wilderness, gardening and volunteering in the community. She finds her team members at Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association to be professional and compassionate with each other, as well as the community!
Paula Hurvitz Moulton
Judy has been with the LRVNA for 29 years providing speech therapy services. She joined the home health care industry to bring her passion for helping people communicate meaningfully. She helps patients and their families express their needs, wants and ideas in the home setting.
She loves bicycling, traveling, reading, and the piano. She loves using farm fresh veggies to stir fry, blanch, bake or grill!
Joanne M. Mclean
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Careers and Positions available at the LRVNA
At Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association, making a difference is just another day at the office. Our nurses, nursing assistants and therapists work 1:1 with their patient’s right in their own homes, building relationships and truly changing lives for the better. We care deeply for our patients and also for each other. Indeed, many of our current staffers have been with us for a decade or longer.
Office volunteers needed
Hospice volunteers needed
Part-Time Evening Nurse – Must be skilled in IV therapy, home care experience preferred.
Part-Time Physical Therapist
““Their care was outstanding and I have made a full recovery from my hip replacement. The joy of skiing with my grandchildren cannot be described. Thank you for all your help.”