Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor launch Annual Appeal

MEREDITH — Charles "Chuck" Thorndike announced the launch of the official Annual Appeal campaign for 2014 to support the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor.

As Chairman of the VNMCH, Thorndike noted that the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor is a non-profit organization working to heal patients better and faster in their own homes, providing this service regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

He added, "Our mission is not about making a profit, but rather to promote healing and good health while minimizing pain and suffering. However, we must cover our costs and in today's environment our costs are going up while Medicare and insurance reimbursements are going down. Our agency needs the community's help to continue to provide these valuable services as we have done since 1923."

Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance provide about 80% of the VNMCH's revenue. The balance of their operating revenue comes from town grants and contributions from businesses and individuals. Donations will provide free flu vaccine, foot care and blood pressure clinics, walk-in aid at the Meredith office of VNMCH, as well as pre- and post- surgery in-home care.

Last year the community responded very generously to the Annual Appeal; however, costs continue to rise while Medicare and Insurance reimbursement continue to decline. The goal for this year's Appeal is to raise $40,000 in desperately needed operating funds. It is asked that anyone who can afford to contribute please consider making a donation to the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor of whatever amount their budget can afford, to make sure the VNMCH services are available to the entire community.

Thorndike closes by saying, "Your donation will make a difference in somebody's health and quality of life, right in your own community; so please, act today."