Charitable Work to Communities Most in Need
Our Visiting Nurse Foundation has provided more than $1.5 million in free, lifesaving healthcare to people in need.
Our 38-foot-long mobile medical clinic, the Florence Nightingale Express, travels our 13-county service area providing essential exams, tests, vaccinations and treatments to indigent and uninsured at no cost.
If you are familiar with the Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, you might already know about the home healthcare services we’ve been providing for nearly 40 years. But there are some things you may not know about us, such as our Foundation that provides healthcare to people in the community who are contending with hard times, unemployment, even homelessness.
Charity events, like our annual golf and sporting clay shoot fundraisers, as well as generous tax-deductable donations from the community, support the initiatives of the Visiting Nurse Foundation such as the Florence Nightingale Express. Staffed by a nurse practitioner, “Florence” is our 38-foot-long mobile clinic. This year alone “Florence” has traveled tens of thousands of miles throughout our communities, treated more than 200 patients each month, and provided more than $200,000 in free lifesaving care.
The Visiting Nurse Foundation does more than support our free mobile medical clinic. Part of our VNA mission is to “treat patients regardless of their ability to pay, as funds allow”. Our Foundation ensures this mission is upheld. Our nurses often identify further unmet needs in the patient’s home that reach beyond our traditional services. Our Foundation steps in to assist. Whether it’s purchasing medications, turning the electricity back on, reconstructing a bathroom for wheelchair access, or purchasing food for an empty fridge, this care and assistance enable many of our patients to recover and get back on their feet.
We often hear from the families who have received much needed help. In a recent letter, a woman thanked us for showing “care and compassion” and encouraged the VNF to “keep up the good work – it is much needed. God bless you all.” We cherish such letters.
Another patient of the mobile clinic sent a compassionate letter of “thanks” after she received life-saving medical care. It’s an amazing moment when someone thanks you for saving their life. The heartfelt “thank you” she gave us is more rightfully directed at those in the community that have generously showed their support of the VNF through tax-deductable donations. Each month, Florence averages 200 patients; that is 200 heartfelt signs of gratitude, each month that we pass to you.