Moultonborough Joins the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor family (430)

MOULTONBOROUGH — Another milestone was achieved by the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor on November 7 when the Moultonborough Board of Selectmen chose the agency to provide for it's community's homehealth care needs.

After careful consideration of several providers by MVNA Executive Director, Debra Peaslee, Moultonborough Town Administrator Carter Terenzini and the Moultonborough Select Board, the Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor was determined to be the best match for the own's residents. For many years Moultonborough has provided its own visiting nurses but recent changes in health care administration and local health care needs have driven this change to broaden and strengthen the community's health care services.

The transition will be gradual and will not affect the quality of health care services for which both agencies have always been known. Several of the Registered Nurses and Licensed Nurses Assistants that have been visiting Meredith and Center Harbor homes are no strangers in Moultonborough. "We have been sharing per diem personnel for years" said Cheryl Gonzalo, VNMCH Executive Director. "Debra Peaslee RN (Director of Moultonborough VNA) will be joining the Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor staff full-time, filling the newly created position of Clinical Director. Long time employee Jeri King RN will also assume a full-time position with us", Gonzalo added.

Chairman of the Board, Chuck Thorndike, in his announcement of the decision said "This is a great day in the long history of our agency. We just celebrated our 90th anniversary and we are growing stronger. We endeavor to always be ahead of the curve in providing responsive, high quality and compassionate care."

In addition to now servicing Moultonborough on a regular basis, Visiting Nurses of Meredith and Center Harbor also provides health care to clients in surrounding communities upon request. Thorndike added, "The Visiting Nurses of Meredith & Center Harbor strongly believes in offering home health care service choices to the community. Whether it is your choice of doctor or nurse, we strongly believe that you should always be able to choose the medical resource that is most comfortable and convenient to you. We look forward to serving the Town of Moultonborough and surrounding towns in this regard. Obviously we're happy the town has chosen us to serve their citizens."

Questions regarding this transition may be addressed to either Executive Director Cheryl Gonzalo (279-6611) in Meredith or Debra Peaslee (476-2350) in Moultonborough during the transition.