On July 28, 1913, the Bangor Health Committee’s nurse, Edith Bicknell, made her first home health visit. She was known to make visits to homes by foot, horse and trolley.

That organizations is now known as Bangor Area Visiting Nurses. A lot has changed in 100 years in terms of technology, clinical education and transportation. What has not changed is the dedication to serve the sick, injured or dying, through BAVN’s Hospice of Eastern Maine program, in their homes, where they most want to be.

“We are privileged to be among the few organizations that make it to their 100th anniversary,” said Lisa Harvey-McPherson, president and CEO of Eastern Maine HomeCare. “Bangor Area Visiting Nurses’ longevity is a direct result of the commitment of volunteers who founded this organization, the many staff members who have served our patients and families over the years, and the donors who support our efforts to care for those healing from illness or injury.”

Innovation continues to be key to BAVN’s sustainability. Technology is instrumental in healthcare delivery today, and BAVN has been a leader in the use of electronic medical records and telehealth to serve its patients safely, effectively and at the lowest possible cost, Harvey-McPherson said.

“BAVN was part of the ground-breaking Bangor Beacon project which advanced the integration of homecare by connecting patients with chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease and asthma, with in-home telehealth technology and patient-centered medical home care managers,” said Harvey-McPherson. “As a result, patients better understand their disease process and what they need to do to better manage their health and improve their quality of life. In fact, many patients will tell you the Bangor Beacon pilot project has changed their lives. We are very proud to be a part of such a life-changing model of care.”

A part of Eastern Maine HomeCare, Bangor Area Visiting Nurses, Hancock County HomeCare and Hospice, and Visiting Nurses of Aroostook serve nearly 3,500 home health and hospice patients each year in central, eastern and northern Maine.

For information, visit easternmainehomecare.org, or call the Patient Referral Line toll-free at 866-591-8843.