Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
History of the Neenah-Menasha Visiting Nurse Association, pp. 435-438 PDF (1.0 MB)
HISTORY OF THE NEENAH-MENASHA VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION THE Neenah-Menasha Visiting Nurse Association was founded in 19o8, and its original purposes still apply today. As stated in its pres- ent constitution, those purposes are: i. To promote health: individual, family and community. 2. To prevent disease by teaching the principles of health, hygiene and sanitation. 3. To provide skilled nursing care for the sick in their homes on a part-time basis. Charter members of the organization were: Mrs. A. M. Gilbert, Mrs. J. C. Kimberly, Mrs. C. B. Clark, Mrs. John Shiells, Mrs. Lyle Pinkerton, Mrs. Louis Jourdain, Miss Ann Pleasants, Mrs. George Banta, Sr., Mrs. John Bergstrom, Mrs. G. W. Dodge, Mrs. Jacob Hanson, Miss Mary Hamilton, Mrs. W. H. Strange, Mrs. Fred Elwers, Mrs. J. R. Barnett, and Miss Mary Robertson. Mrs. A. M. Gilbert was the first President. The first recorded budget was for $8oo; the 1958 budget is $33,870. The nursing staff was then all-inclusive in Miss Ida Heinicke, a prac- tical nurse, at a salary of $so per month. She walked to the 1 i6 visits per month she made. In 1929 the first trained graduate public health nurse was employed, Miss Laura Chase. Today the staff numbers five registered nurses and two trained practical nurses, and the case load averages 1,o5o visits per month. Originally the Association had an annual fund-raising drive. No fee was set for patients who could pay, but they were asked to pay anything they could, which ranged from 5 cents to a maximum of 50 cents. Today free and part-pay serv- ice is given whenever the patient is unable to pay the full fee of $2.5o The VNA is affiliated with the Community Chest, and $24,170 of the 1958 budget will be from that source. The Visiting Nurses were the pioneers of public health nursing in 435
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