Concordia Visiting Nurses is the home and community service line of Concordia Lutheran Ministries.
For more than 125 years, Concordia Lutheran Ministries has been a place with a mission of caring. A place for healing. A place to feel comfortable. And a place where heartfelt Christian faith and a strong sense of service to others help us make a difference every day.
Take a look at what Concordia offers and you’ll see what makes us different. Here, faithful caring is a way of life. Management and staff alike share the deeply-held belief that all of our efforts are done to serve God’s people and to reflect His love. The ministry entrusted to us enables us to do our best for those we serve. You can see it in our attractively maintained facilities, in the smiles on the faces of our staff and residents, and in the strong sense of community that makes Concordia just like a family.
Concordia is a CARF-CCAC accredited Aging Services Network, one of the 100 largest senior care providers in the country, and in the top 2% of the Pennsylvania Department of Health inspection results. At Concordia we go above and beyond the minimum standards for healthcare facilities, and a walk through our halls is all you’ll need to realize that. The secret is simple: our highly qualified, dependable staff is absolutely committed to providing the utmost quality of care to every person we serve.
As an organization deeply rooted in history and faith, we take pride in our professionalism and culture here at Concordia. Today, we are developing our legacy of faithful service to others, continually enhancing the continuum of care we provide. We’re expanding our services to reach more people in need and we’re offering an increasingly wide range of services to seniors and other age groups.
The Concordia Lutheran Ministries Vision Statement is straightforward: “Serving the Triune God by providing for the needs of His people.” This declaration clearly indicates our motivation for providing excellent care to those entrusted to us.
On December 4, 1882, Margaretha Oertel executed and signed a deed releasing her farm to Rev. Frederick Wilhelm (St. Luke, Hannahstown), Rev. Peter Brand of Pittsburgh, and Rev. Kilian Walz of Sharpsburg, Pa.:
In trust for the following uses and purposes, to wit: to provide thereon and therewith a home for orphan children and other children in need, and aged and indigent men and women, under the consent, direction, and authority of the Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Synod of Pennsylvania and Other States
In the event that the Synod should be dissolved, all its rights to the property and Home would be forfeited.
The pastor-trustees wasted no time in organizing the Home. They asked their fellow pastors and congregations to elect delegates to a meeting where they could establish a formal structure for the Home and determine how it would operate.
Surely, the eyes of God have been continually on the little farm in Cabot. He has rewarded Concordia’s faithful servants with an organization that today operates with a multi-million dollar budget. More than 1,000 people and 36 Lutheran churches continue to help support Concordia in its mission of “Serving the Triune God by providing for the needs of His people.”
While our diversification has always been driven by the growing needs of those we serve, it has also required changes in our organizational structure. Thus, on July 1, 2006, Concordia formally reorganized into a family of companies. As a result, a new not-for-profit parent holding company was formed, using the well-established name Concordia Lutheran Ministries, with corporate subsidiaries created as separate entities under this umbrella. Specifically, Concordia Lutheran Ministries Foundation was created to focus on fund-raising, charitable giving, and investments. Concordia Visiting Nurses became an official subsidiary corporation to enable a more focused and defined growth in home care. The main operating subsidiary company was given the new name Concordia Lutheran Health and Human Care and continues to provide our traditional continuum of services.
Concordia Visiting Nurses History Timeline
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- 1997 Home health care service line began private duty operations
- 1998 Home health care service line received certification to provide Medicare services
- 2002 Home health care service line opened an office in New Kensington. Concordia Visiting Nurses took control of the non-profit organization Tele-CareGivers; Concordia Visiting Nurses established a branch office in Baden
- 2003 Concordia HomeHelp was acquired and is a joint association between Concordia Lutheran Ministries and Presbyterian Senior Care
- 2005 Concordia becomes managing partner in a newly formed collaboration for home care with Presbyterian SeniorCare and Asbury Heights, operated by United Methodist Services for the Aging, in the South Hills titled Alliance Visiting Nurses absorbing Concordia HomeHelp.
- 2006 Concordia restructures into a Holding Company and two new subsidiary corporations – Concordia Visiting Nurses and Concordia Foundation.
- 2007 Concordia Visiting Nurses moves headquarters to former Markus Hall on the Concordia Lutheran Ministries campus.
- 2009 VNA Alliance, a Medicare certified, state licensed, Medicaid approved home care agency was developed as a Partnership of Wesbury, St. Paul, Meadville Medical Center and Concordia Visiting Nurses.
Our Governance and Membership
In summary, Concordia Lutheran Ministries is a Not For Profit Corporation, which today has five service lines. Concordia is controlled by a Board of Directors who is elected from our 36 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod member congregations in and around the Pittsburgh area. We serve more than 1,000 seniors at our facilities. Concordia Visiting Nurses’ average daily census is over 1000 people for our Professional Services as well as 1,000 people served for our Private Duty Services. On average Concordia Visiting Nurses serves over 10,000 people yearly. Concordia is a member of American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), Faith-Based Long Term Care Network, Pennsylvania Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging (PANPHA), Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA), National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) and Lutheran Services in America (LSA).
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