BVNA’s New Hospice Program Approaches Milestone

(February 12, 2020) BVNA is pleased to announce that its new Hospice program is expected to provide care to its 50th patient this month and is now accepting new referrals for patients living in the 32 towns that the agency services in Southeastern Massachusetts.


For over 100 years, BVNA had provided thousands of patients and families the very best in home health care and support…up to a point. Although the non-profit agency provides high quality clinical care which has recently been rated with 4.5 out of 5 stars (, and has been a trusted resource in the region for generations, it still had to connect patients and families to other organizations for hospice care, the gold standard for end-of-life care. In 2019, the agency realized that it was time to offer the full spectrum of care to those it serves and launched efforts to build a hospice program of its own.


“Hospice care is special. It’s a unique form of care and it was time for our patients, our community, and our clinicians to have it available from BVNA,” said Bob Ford, BVNA President and CEO, who took over the role in October 2018. “No longer will patients have to face the decision to stay with the BVNA caregivers they trust or transition to another agency’s hospice program to receive the wonderful benefits that come with those services.  The decision to elect Hospice care is challenging enough without the added challenge of having to meet another set of caregivers when patients and families are at a very vulnerable point.”


BVNA’s hospice program began by assembling a specialized team of experienced and dedicated staff and fulfilling the rigorous processes necessary to achieve State and Federal licensure, certification, and accreditation, which was completed this past Fall. BVNA was then able to provide hospice care to its patients. The agency started slowly and methodically, transitioning existing patients who were receiving care from the agency’s home healthcare program to hospice care. With nearly 50 patients being cared for, the agency is ready to expand to outside referrals.


The benefit to hospice patients is best summed up by the words of Melanie Machado, RN, BSN, CHPN, BVNA’s Vice President of Hospice & Palliative Care Services, “I am so proud of what we have accomplished. I am so happy that we can be there for our patients and their loved ones. End-of-life is not easy on anyone and to see the relief that families have had once our hospice team became involved and making their loved ones comfortable, helping them all through the end-of-life journey, is very rewarding. It’s been an honor to care for these patients. ”


You Can Help Support BVNA Hospice
Whether you have been a patient yourself, a family member of a patient, or a past supporter of BVNA’s non-profit mission, you understand firsthand the value of the work we do and know better than most how important BVNA is to our patients and our community.


If you have not had firsthand experience with BVNA, please consider that on any given day, the agency manages the care of nearly 800 patients, spread throughout 32 communities. Similar in scope to a major hospital, but providing the care directly in patients’ homes, BVNA is a highly regarded and highly relied upon resource for both patients and their physicians.


We have established a first year goal of raising $200,000 to offset the costs associated with this important project so that all of our patients and their physicians will have access to hospice care through BVNA.


Your gift, no matter the size, moves us forward toward our goal. Click here to see the Campaign for BVNA Hospice page or click here to go directly to our secure donation page to support BVNA Hospice today.