IVNA: Granting the Human Right to Health (And How You Can Help Them Achieve Their Mission)

More bang for your buck: Donate to IVNA during the Amazing Raise: 6 a.m. October 5th through 6 p.m. October 6th! Opening doors to better health since 1990 IVNA is a proven source of reliable care for you and your neighbors delivering the human right to health care in Richmond, VA.

Health is a Human Right

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 25:
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Instructive Visiting Nurses Association

Delivering the Care Our Community Members Deserve

MISSION: IVNA provides high quality, compassionate home health care, case management and advocacy for persons in need.

HISTORY: The idea of the visiting nurse began in 1900 with a small group of nurses who were concerned about the lack of access to health
care for those not allowed in the traditional hospital setting because of their race or income. These nurses volunteered during their off-duty hours by providing home nursing care and instruction to the poor and sick citizens of Richmond. That tradition of compassionate, high quality care for the community continues today…

BUSINESS GOAL: IVNA assures the highest quality home care is delivered to more persons in need at a lower cost thereby providing conscientious stewardship of the community’s charitable dollars.

SERVICES: Under the program goal of improving the lives of its charity care patients by helping them become healthier, more independent and care plan adherent as well as delaying and/or preventing emergent care and stays in care institutions allowing them to age safely at home, IVNA provides the following services to un- and under-insured persons in the City of Richmond and the immediately surrounding counties:

Charity Home Care:

  • Home Based Skilled Care, including skilled nursing care; physical, rehab, speech and occupational therapies; infusion services and social work services to home-bound persons in need. These services are provided by IVNA staff and other accredited subcontractors.
  • MedBoxes, a service which fills a patient medication dispensing box on a regular basis enabling him or her to manage his or her own medication adherence and remain safely at home. This service is provided by IVNA staff, volunteers and contracted pharmacies.
  • IVNA Lifeline, a personal emergency response alarm which enables a home bound patient to contact emergency services at the push of a button which is worn as a bracelet or pendant.
  • Phone Friends who provide the home-bound, isolated patient with a reassuring phone call check-in on a regular basis. This service is provided by IVNA staff and volunteers.
  • Volunteer Support Services, recruitment, training and coordination services for persons interested in giving of their time and talent by supporting any of the services above.

Community Wellness:

  • Community Clinic and Outreach, including an intensive flu immunization outreach program, worksite health screening clinics, health education services and immunizations such as shingles, pneumonia, etc. Services are provided by IVNA staff.
  • Flu Immunization Program. Click HERE for more information.

IVNA Health Services


Care Clinic
The CARE (Consultation, Assessment, Resources, Education) Clinic is our outpatient facility, located on Monument Avenue. Staffed with RNs and LPNs, the CARE Clinic provides wellness and health education services. The CARE Clinic is open to the community Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm. Nurses are available for consultation in health management, education or assistance.

Services: Immunizations Screenings
Influenza Blood Pressure
Pneumonia Pulse Oximetry
Shingles (by appointment) Tuberculin skin test
Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td) Cholesterol/Glucose (by appointment)
Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TdaP)
Hepatitis B
Administration of B12 Injections with your medication & prescription

The Shingles Vaccine, “Zostavax,” is now available at the IVNA Care Clinic on Monument Ave. Doctor’s prescription is required.

Facts about Shingles and Zostavax:

  • Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters
  • also called Herpes Zoster.
  • Shingles rash usually appears on one side of the face or body and lasts from 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Primary symptom is pain, which can be quite severe.
  • Shingles is caused by the Varicella Zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox.
  • Only someone who has had a case of chickenpox, or gotten the chickenpox vaccine, can get shingles. The chickenpox virus stays in your body and it can reappear many years later to cause a case of shingles.
  • More common in people 50 and older than in younger people.
  • At least 1 million people a year in the United States get shingles.
  • A single dose of shingles vaccine is indicated for adults 50 years of age and older.

Flu Clinic Locator
With your Medicare Part-B or Medicare HMO (Medicare replacement) card, IVNA will bill Medicare for the cost of your Flu shot. The cost for all others is $28. Most insurances are accepted. Pneumonia vaccinations are available all year. With your Medicare Part-B or Medicare HMO (Medicare replacement) card, IVNA will bill for the pneumonia shot. For all others the cost is $66.

Flu Clinics : IVNA Clinic – Location: Monument Corporate Centre at 5008 Monument Avenue, between Staples Mill Road and Willow Lawn Drive.

Schedule a Flu Shot Clinic for Your Workplace or a Group
It is never too early to schedule a Flu Shot Clinic for your workplace or a group for the Fall. A Visiting Nurse will come to your place of employment or special meeting to administer flu and pneumonia vaccines to your employees or group members. Contact Terri Connell at 804-254-6622.

Wellness Clinics
IVNA promotes wellness in the workplace and community by providing a variety of services at your site. Choose from the services offered or let us help bring wellness to you. See below for an explanation each of screening.

  • Influenza Vaccine: (Recommended yearly by CDC) IVNA nurse will administer vaccine to adults 18 years and older. You do not need a prescription.
  • Pneumonia Vaccine: (Recommended by CDC for ages 65 and above)
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine: a series of 3 vaccines given over six months to reduce the risk of contracting Hepatitis B.
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Tuberculin Skin Testing: a skin test to determine exposure to TB.
  • Glucose Screening: finger stick measuring your blood sugar level.
  • Total Cholesterol: finger stick measuring your total cholesterol
  • Total Cholesterol/HDL/LDL/Total Glucose/Lipid Panel: finger stick measuring total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol), glucose, triglycerides and risk ratio. (Requires 12 hours fasting)
    (Education materials are available for all of the above services)

Schedule a Wellness Clinic
Let IVNA come to you. If you would like to arrange a Wellness Clinic for your company or group, please contact Terri Connell at 804-254-6622.

How You Can Help

October 5 – 6, 2011: The Amazing Raise

“The Amazing Raise 2011 is a unique, online giving event that provides an opportunity for people who care about the Greater Richmond region to come together and raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in 36 hours – starting at 6 am on October 5 through 6 pm on October 6.  All gifts will be processed through GiveRichmond, an online resource and community‐wide giving program administered by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

The Community Foundation has committed an initial $100,000 incentive pool to help leverage credit card donations received via GiveRichmond during this period.”

Click here to give to IVNA during the Amazing Raise!

Or you can visit IVNA’s website to learn more and donate to community health care through the Amazing Raise.

More Ways to Give

Today, IVNA is the oldest freestanding not-for-profit home health agency in Central Virginia. It is the only home care agency in the state providing solely charity care for the underinsured. Since 1900, we have been“opening doors to better health” everyday within our community by providing high-quality, compassionate care to those we serve.

Our Mission:
IVNA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization united behind the mission to provide high quality compassionate home health care, case management, and advocacy for persons in need.

Our Goal:
IVNA assures the highest quality home health care is delivered to more persons in need at a lower cost thereby providing conscientious stewardship of the communities charitable dollars.

Financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations allows the IVNA to provide health care services each and every day to those in need within our community. Your gift enables the most vulnerable of Richmond residents to receive quality accessible home health visits that may well save lives. Our patients have no other resources to aid in their management of chronic diseases, injuries and other health related issues. If left unattended, these health issues most often lead to extensive hospital stays and loss of independence. Your support assures quality care for those in need.

Please join us in Opening Doors to Better Health and to make a difference within your community! If you would like to learn more about IVNA or make a gift; please contact Jim Beckner, #804-355-7100 ext. 247 or jbeckner@ivna.org.

All monetary gifts are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Your gift will help to provide the necessary home health care services to those in need within our community. Monetary gifts can be given in cash, a gift of securities or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Gifts may be given in memory or in honor of someone.

Request a Speaker:
Looking for an engaging, informative speaker for your civic or church group? IVNA’s has speakers available to talk to your group about senior services, home safety issues, the importance of vaccinations, flu prevention to name just a few topics. Speakers are provided as a public awareness and educational service. If interested in securing a speaker for your next meeting, please contact Jim Beckner, #804-355-7100 ext. 247 or jbeckner@ivna.org.

Volunteer Opportunities:
In 1900, a small group of nurses from Old Dominion Hospital (now MCV/VCU hospital) volunteered their time to look after the poor and sick of Richmond: they surely never imagined their selflessness would begin a movement. Over a hundred years later, volunteers continue to be a very important part of the agency. Volunteers can designate their own hours and the frequency of their visits.

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available, such as:

  • Data entry
  • General Clerical duties
  • Nurses
  • Phone Friends
  • Media relations
  • Flu shot clinic registration
  • Health fair assistance

For more information about the giving of your time, talent or teasure, please contact Jim Beckner, #804-355-7100 ext. 247 or jbeckner@ivna.org.

As a health care organization, it is IVNA policy that all personal information be held in the strictest of confidentiality. As a donor and/or volunteer, you can rest assured that your information is safe and secure. It is treated with the same degree of confidentiality the law requires as if you were a medical patient. Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Jim Beckner, President, at 804-355-7100, ext. 247 or jbeckner@inva.org.

Click here for IVNA Annual Performance information.

IVNA information reprinted from http://ivna.org/ with permission from Jim Beckner.

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