The innovation of Visiting Nurse Associations began in the 1880s in New York, where free nursing care was provided to those who could otherwise not afford it. After graduating from the first nursing class at Johns Hopkins University, Marian Watts continued the new trend of bringing care directly to the patient in need and began one of the first VNAs of America in Santa Barbara in 1908. With a small coalition of other women from Santa Barbara and Montecito, VNA of Santa Barbara began going to the home of patients who either physically could not make it to a hospital, or simply could not afford the care they needed. In 1910 Marian purchased the organization’s first building on Haley Street, which still stands today, and even featured a “loan closet” with nursing supplies for caregivers and patients. Marian Watts began the necessary and compassionate care that Santa Barbara needed, and it has been sustained with continuous support from the community.



Founding Members:

Heart Circle
Trust Circle

Ruth Kyes

Compassion Circle

Jan Hanrath

Care Circle

Jeffrey & Margo Baker Barbakow
Roberta & Stan Fishman
Phil Hons
Barbara Kummer
Janet & Steve Lew
Bobbie & Gerry Rubin
Maryan Schall
Trudy Smith

Please consider joining in her legacy to continue innovation
and ensure trusted and compassionate care for all.


Heart Circle – $10,000 and above

Access to Trust Circle advantages plus:
•   VIP Concierge Hotline for access to VNHC services

Trust Circle- $5,000 to $9,999

Access to Compassion Circle advantages plus:
•   Exclusive invite to attend VIP reception before PHORUM healthcare event
A personal visit with VNHC President/ CEO

Compassion Circle – $2,500 to $4,999

Access to Care Circle advantages plus:
•   Annual intimate reception with VNHC Leadership
Priority seating at VNHC public events (excludes Mother’s Day Luncheon)

Care Circle – $1,000 to $2,499

Donors enjoy the following:
•   Invitation to Marian Watts Reception hosted by VNHC
•   Name listed in Annual Report/ online
Receive seasonal Heart to Heart magazine with latest updates on VNHC and healthcare
Personal invitation to VIP tour of Serenity House and/or Loan Closet

Invitation to Marian Watts Reception hosted by VNHC



 For more information about joining the society, or about the upcoming inaugural founder’s reception please contact Brittany Avila Wazny at 805.690.6290 or email

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