Cornerstone VNA was founded in 1913 by a visionary local woman by the name of Norma Snow.
Our Home Health Care Journey
In the mid-1800s...
Florence Nightingale became known as the founder of modern nursing and was called the “Lady with the Lamp” by wounded soldiers who were comforted by her care during her visits to check on them at night.
Inspired by Nightingale, Lillian Wald coined the term “public health nursing” in 1893 and started the Visiting Nurse Service of NY thanks to support from prominent philanthropists. Wald’s efforts were shared throughout the country, and by 1913 there were hundreds of VNA organizations supported by their communities
The Rochester Women’s Club, under president Norma Snow and the Ladies Aide of the First Church Congregational, founded a VNA to provide homecare services to residents in Rochester. Grace L. Reeds was the first visiting nurse with an annual salary of $750.
The Red Cross identifies community health nursing as a critical need and provided a car and a part-time assistant for the visiting nurse.