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Our History

Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association (SAVNA) is a non-profit home health agency located within the city limits of Salem, Ohio. SAVNA currently provides services to all of Columbiana County, southern Mahoning County and eastern Stark County. We have been providing services to the community for over 90 years. The agency was started under the auspices of the National Red Cross in 1919, with the goal and purpose of visiting the sick and elderly community members. In 1950, the Salem Home Nursing Services incorporated as a non-profit agency. With the establishment of a Board of Directors one registered nurse, they began serving patients. In 1959, care was extended to include the residents of Perry Township.

With the increased concern for providing care for the elderly and the socio-economically disadvantaged, Salem Home Nurse Association became Medicare certified in 1966 and changed the name to Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. By expanding services to include all fourteen townships in Columbiana County and the five lower townships in Mahoning County, the agency showed phenomenal growth from 1968 to 1988. In 1968 SAVNA made 200 visits, this number increased to over 16,000 in 1988 and expansion resulted in new areas of expertise in the fields of Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Home Health Aides.

In the fall of 2002 Salem Area Visiting Nurses purchased the YWCA property on N. Lincoln Ave. The property was revamped and a 18400 Sq foot single story building was erected that houses 4 different business, The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, The Salem Area Adult Daycare, Home Care Advantage and The Lincoln Learning Center. By providing access to these 4 services we were able to better serve all members of Columbiana County and their caregivers.

As more and more people were being treated with acute hospitalizations for disease management, followed by home health services, SAVNA continued to see enormous growth and expertise. By obtaining accreditation by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in 1994, SAVNA is regarded as a leader in home health care services in northeast Ohio. This was accomplished by the foresight of its leaders and dedication of its staff. SAVNA has grown and adapted to the regulations and reimbursement cutbacks enforced by Medicare and other 3rd party payers. SAVNA provides services to the community of:

Skilled Nursing, Home Infusion Services, Cardiac Home Care, Diabetes Management, Maternal/Child Health, Pediatric Services, Restorative Nursing, Behavioral Health Program, Lab Services, Home Health Aides, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapies, and Nutritional Support.

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