OhioHealth Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services provides home health, hospice and personal care services in Southeastern Ohio. We serve the community health needs of Athens County and parts of neighboring counties. View the areas we serve by zip code.

Appalachian Community began as a local chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association of America (VNAA) and follows the VNAA model. Visiting Nurse Associations provide cost-effective and compassionate home care to our nation’s most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and disabled. We offer care, support and advocacy for all individuals who qualify for home care, regardless of their ability to pay.

To make a referral or for more information, please call (740) 594.8226. Send a fax to (740) 594.4078 or an email to acvna@ohiohealth.com. 


    Home Health, Hospice and Personal Care Services for Southeastern Ohio Residents

    We offer three programs that work together to provide the home care services you need. This gives you the convenience of working with just one agency and the assurance that, even if the home care services you need should change, your nurse doesn’t have to change too.

    Visiting Nurse Association home health services are for our clients with short term, acute care needs that require the assistance of a nurse or therapist to return to their former level of independence. Learn more.

    Hospice is for our clients who have a terminal illness and whose goal is not cure but comfort, and the pursuit of the highest quality of life in the time remaining to them. Learn more.

    Health Services is for our clients who need a hand with activities of daily living to allow them to remain safely in their homes. Learn more.

    Join Our Team

    OhioHealth Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services is a growing nonprofit, multi-county hospice and home care organization seeking qualified applicants to provide nursing, therapy and private duty services to clients in their homes/places of residence in Southeastern Ohio.  

    We are the area's oldest operating hospice and home health agency and are currently affiliated with OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital and the OhioHealth system of nonprofit healthcare. We offer competitive wages, mileage and travel reimbursement, and a benefits package (where applicable).

    Visit OhioHealth Jobs online to search for our open positions.

    How to Apply   

    To apply for an open position, send a resume or a completed application form.

    Application forms are available at our office or by request mailed to our office at 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, OH 45701.

    Application materials can be submitted in any of the following ways:

    • Mail to: Appalachian Community, 30 Herrold Ave, Athens, OH 45701
    • Fax to (740) 594.2041
    • Email to: cheryl.sharp@ohiohealth.com. When emailing your resume, please send it either as a Microsoft Word (.doc) attachment, a PDF (.pdf) attachment or as inline text.

    Completed application forms will be considered only for positions that are currently open. Resumes and/or letters of intent, however, are welcome for any position at any time. Resumes will be kept on file and reviewed when a relevant position opens. When submitting a resume or letter of intent, please be sure to specify the position in which you are interested.

    Please call (740) 594.8226 or send an email to acvna@ohiohealth.com if you need additional information.

    OhioHealth Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Explore Our Volunteer Opportunities

    Thank you for considering offering your time and talents to help homebound and terminally-ill clients and their caregivers. Whether you are a student, a retired person, currently employed or not currently employed, you are welcome and encouraged to explore our volunteer opportunities.

    Contact us at (740) 594.8226 or acvna@ohiohealth.com. 

    In-Home Hospice Volunteers

    Be one of a unique group of specially-trained volunteers who provide companionship for hospice clients and respite for their caregivers.

    Hospice volunteers visit clients in their own homes or in nursing or assisted living facilities.

    Activities may include quiet conversation, playing cards, board games or working jigsaw puzzles, washing dishes, feeding assistance, reading aloud, tending a garden, writing letters and Touch Drawing, to name but a few.

    You may choose to schedule regular visits (usually once a week from two to four hours in length) or to be available on-call, providing family emergency and special event coverage (perhaps three to six hours a month).

    In-home volunteers complete an application, 12 hours of self-directed training (including shadowing experienced volunteers) and a thorough background check. Training is scheduled at the candidate volunteer’s convenience.

    We are particularly interested at this time in volunteer recruits who live in communities within our service area that are outside of the Athens area. If you are interested, please contact us. Training may be available in your local area.

    11th Hour Volunteers

    Hospice volunteers who have been with our organization for some time may receive additional training to become an 11th Hour volunteer. The purpose of the 11th Hour Program is to ensure that no one dies alone. 11th Hour volunteers may sit vigil with actively dying clients when family members are late to arrive at the bedside or when family members need to take time away. 11th Hour volunteers are most often provided to clients residing in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The focus is on offering a soothing and loving presence to the client, as well as a calming presence and helpful hand to family members for as long as needed.

    Quality-of-Life Volunteers

    Quality-of-life volunteer activities are perfect for those volunteers who want to serve clients in a direct way but who do not choose to make in-home visits. We have several quality-of-life activities (and we are always open to more ideas!):

    • Flower Power. Community volunteers grow and arrange flowers in the spring and summer months for weekly delivery to hospice and home health clients.
    • Casserole Comfort. Volunteers gather at an appointed time (currently once a month) to cook a number of casseroles for delivery by staff to hospice households.           

    Office Volunteers

    Office volunteers work with staff in the office on such activities as filing, copying, data entry, processing and collating documents, and/or assisting with special projects. An application is required, as is a basic training module. 

    Group Volunteer Opportunities

    Our volunteer program offers several ways for student groups, church groups, neighborhood associations or others to participate in quality-of-life activities for hospice and homebound clients and their families. Below are just a few.

    • Celebrate the holidays with homemade Halloween bags and Valentine’s cards or even some pies or cookies at Thanksgiving.
    • Get some friends together and rake leaves or shovel snow.
    • Help prepare or maintain a garden or plant seedlings in the spring.

    All volunteers are invited to attend monthly Brown Bag lunches to hear speakers, watch a short video or just have a free discussion of triumphs and challenges in a confidential and supportive setting.

    For More Information or to Volunteer 

    Contact us at (740) 594.8226 or acvna@ohiohealth.com. 

    Giving Opportunities

    OhioHealth Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services provides all services on a not-for-profit basis. All free-will donations to the Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice & Health Services are tax-deductible. 

    We offer the following payment options:

    By Phone: We are able to process phone donations using MasterCard or Visa. In the Athens calling area, call (740) 594.8226. Outside the Athens area, call toll-free (800) 837.1112.

    Online: We use PayPal for online donation processing. You don't have to log in or have a PayPal account to make a donation. If you have questions, please call (740) 594.8226 or (800) 837.1112. 

    Donate now through PayPal

    By Mail: For your convenience, you can download, print and complete our donation form. Please make your check or money order payable to Appalachian Community and send to: 

    OhioHealth Appalachian Community VNA, Hospice & Health Services
    30 Herrold Ave.
    Athens, OH 45701 

    Please do not send cash.

    Get more information about Giving Opportunities in this PDF document. It includes types of giving and special gift designations, as well as information about commemorative bricks for walkways of either our Veteran's Garden or our Commemorative Garden. Get the commemorative brick order form here.

    Ensuring Quality of Life at the End of Life

    Hospice is a special way of caring for people with a life-limiting illness when a cure is no longer the goal. 

    Our hospice medical directors, Eduardo Robles, DO, and Michael Reed, DO, meet regularly with the hospice team to assist in coordinating client care. They are available to provide counsel on symptom management and other client and caregiver needs, as they arise. Learn more about OhioHealth Appalachian Community Hospice Services.

    Call (740) 594.8226 or send an email to acvna@ohiohealth.com for more information about hospice or obtaining a referral.

    For Most of Us, the Best Place to Recover Is at Home

    The experienced, caring team of professionals at Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association (ACVNA) provides coordinated care to aid your path to the speediest and most complete recovery possible with our home health services. These services are for our clients with short term, acute care needs. Working with you, your family/home caregivers and your physician, our registered nurses or licensed physical therapists assess and oversee your care and recovery process. Learn more about ACVNA home health services.

    In addition, we offer services to help clients who need a hand with daily living activities to allow them to remain safely in their homes. Learn more about Appalachian Community health services.

    Contact OhioHealth Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association Hospice & Health Services 

    30 Herrold Avenue
    Athens, OH 45701

    Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    (740) 594.8226 or (800) 837.1112

    After hours/weekends: (800) 649.8027
    Fax: (740) 594.4078
    Email: acvna@ohiohealth.com