Home-care groups VNA, Bay Area Health merge

Maryland Watch

January 17, 1998

In a deal between the two largest home nursing organizations in the state, the Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland has merged with Bay Area Health Care.

The post-merger VNA will make more than 300,000 patient visits a year and have revenue of more than $50 million a year.

Bay Area had been owned by the University of Maryland Medical System and Shock Trauma Associates, the physician group of )) the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. As part of the transaction, UMMS becomes an owner of VNA. Its other owners are Genesis Health Ventures, Sinai Hospital, Liberty Medical Center, Howard County General Hospital and Doctors Community Hospital of Lanham.

VNA was founded in 1895 as a private nonprofit organization. It became a limited liability company in 1994, in effect selling itself to the hospitals and other health companies.

Home nursing has grown as managed-care insurers maintain pressure to keep hospital stays short and to provide more outpatient care.

In addition to nurses, VNA supplies such home services as physical and occupational therapy.

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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