Our mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care for all.  Now in our second century of caring for those in need, we continue to provide high quality, comprehensive home health, hospice and related services necessary to promote the health and well-being of all community residents.


  • 1908 Santa Barbara Visiting Nurse Association founded – 140 visits the first month
  • 1911– 1916 VNA opens a general dispensary, an infant welfare station, begins school nursing program, opens a children’s dental clinic and creates an open air school for pre- tb children
  • 1918 VNA cares for community during the spanish flu epidemic – 5,947 reported visits
  • 1925 VNA establishes food distribution system following the June 29th earthquake
  • 1940 VNA initiates vaccine distribution during the polio outbreak
  • 1951 Loan closet opens with funds from SB News-Press
  • 1965 Medicare becomes operational and new regulations negatively impact the delivery of care to chronically ill patients
  • 1980 VNA is one of 26 programs to participate in the national hospice demonstration project – Average 12,300 visits
  • 1994 VNA partners with Hospice of SB to open a residential hospice facility named Leigh Block House, now called Serenity House
  • 2001 VNA changes its name to Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care to reflect the addition of our Medicare-certified Hospice program
  • 2003 Visiting Care & Companions established to provide non-medical care
  • 2005 Purchases property and begins plans for a capital campaign to build a new hospice inpatient facility
  • 2006 Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care introduces telemedicine
  • 2008 Celebrates 100 years of caring for our community 59,055 visits serving 2,944 client
  • 2011 Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care completes construction and opens doors to new Serenity House, an 18-bed inpatient hospice house
  • 2011 Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care acquires Community Home Health, including 17 new staff
  • 2012 Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care moves headquarters to 512 East Gutierrez Street

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