MedStar VNA Celebrates 117 Years of Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 20, 2017) – On Sunday, April 16, MedStar Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) celebrated its 117th birthday.

On that day in 1900, three female founders, Emily Tuckerman, Mary W.C. Bayard and Dr. Anne Wilson, incorporated the Instructive Visiting Nurse Society which later became MedStar VNA. In the beginning, it was one of only 20 such societies in the United States – seeking to improve health and treat disease in the communities they served.

Since then, the association has persevered through a number of wars, the Great Depression and financial and regulatory struggles. The once small venture, sponsored by individual donations, has expanded to encompass 30 counties and employs hundreds of medical professionals, including nurses, therapists, social workers and home health aides. MedStar VNA now offers services to over 22,000 patients annually across the Baltimore-Washington region. 

About MedStar Visiting Nurse Association

MedStar VNA, a non-profit, JCAHO accredited, in-home healthcare provider, offers skilled nursing, rehabilitation and infusion therapy for homebound, disabled and chronically ill patients in the Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia region. To support good health in the community, MedStar VNA offers traveling vaccination and wellness programs across the region. For more information about MedStar VNA, call 800-862-2166 or visit

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