Formed in 1973 in response to the needs of a young but rapidly aging community, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service (LAVNS) is now 40 years old. Originally serving Los Alamos County, the agency is a vital and growing health care provider in Northern New Mexico.
Organized as a non-profit agency (501(c)(3)), the LAVNS has been Federally Certified since its inception, State Licensed from the initiation of licensing requirements, and an active participant in requiring coverage of Home Health Services by private insurance companies.
Originally, the agency provided only the services of Skilled Nursing and Physical Therapy; however, by 1978 the services of Occupational Therapy and Speech/Language Pathology were added, allowing those individuals served to receive full rehabilitation coverage.
As Home Care grew, so did the Visiting Nurses. We became a member agency of the Los Alamos Area United Way, were Certified by many private insurance providers, became actively involved in legislative efforts to reduce medical costs, and actively participated on committees that advised both Federal and State regulators.
With the addition of Medical Social Services and Home Health Aide Services in 1990, the LAVNS was able to offer a full range of services to the community we served.
In 1994 we became a State Licensed and Federally Certified Hospice, completing our goal of becoming a fully reimbursed Health Care Agency in northern New Mexico.
As we grew, we became aware of the need to expand our services into the Española area, offering both Home Care and Hospice Services to those individuals within a twenty-mile radius of Española. Not only did this increase our service area, but it greatly diversified our clients, who now include residents of several area Pueblos.
The area served by the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service is now larger than the state of Massachusetts. It will continue to be a challenge to work in today's rapidly changing health care environment. With contracts with many private insurance companies as well as Medicare and Medicaid, service agreements with providers of durable medical equipment, IV services and providers of high tech equipment and wound care supplies, we strive to meet the needs of the patients we serve. We appreciate the strong working relationships we have with our referring physicians and hospitals and look forward to a bright and busy future.