Foundation fund supports 25-year-old Appalachian health and hospice agency
Her new physician worked closely with ACVNA to find a compatible wound care strategy.
“Sheryl was assertive and kept insisting on trying new wound care therapies until she found something that worked. She and my doctor went through about three or four types of wound care until they found the right one,”
ACVNAHHS celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2007. Appalachian Community VNA is the oldest home health organization still in existence in
Marnie Frey, CEO/President and founder of the organization, said FAO was an obvious choice for their endowed fund because of the Foundation’s reputation and because it is representative of the region ACVNAHHS serves. She also reflected on what the fund would mean for the future of the organization.
“It’s been a terrifically gratifying and positive experience to see our effort bear the fruits that it has,” Frey said. “I would hope that this fund helps secure our future endeavors.”
Frey pointed out the network of individuals who have helped build and support the agency and how important they have been to ACVNA’s success.
“We did not do this alone – so many people have been involved over the last 25 years,” Frey said.
One of those supporters is
“My family learned firsthand about the high-quality care provided by the staff at VNA, and we will always be grateful,” Strickmaker said. “The people who understand the importance of giving back to our communities, to organizations like the VNA, recognize the strength of partnering with FAO. It is partially the resources FAO provides that will allow the VNA to continue their mission of helping folks in our communities.”
Today’s ACVNAHHS evolved from the original Athens County Visiting Nurse Association started in 1982 by Frey and fellow nurse Kathy Dansky. They recognized a need for home care in the
In 1997, these two agencies merged, bringing together the strengths and expertise of the professional care providers in both organizations. The new agency, Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services, Inc., recognizes that home health care is important not only in Athens but to the larger Appalachian community as well.
To designate a gift to the ACVNA Fund, please contact the Foundation directly at 740-753-1111 or visit www.appalachianohio.org. For further information about the endowment or other opportunities for making a planned gift, bequest or other type of contribution, please contact
A 501(c)(3) public charity established in 1999, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio serves as a regional community foundation for the 29 counties of Appalachian Ohio, six of which are in the service area for ACVNAHHS. The Foundation attracts contributions for programs and endowment, makes grants for charitable and civic purposes and supports local and regional efforts for positive change. For more information, visit www.appalachianohio.org.