About Our Roots
The Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA) was established in 1899, six years after the first VNA was founded in New York City.
Its original purpose was “to provide the services of a trained nurse for all sick people otherwise unable to procure them, and to promote the welfare of the family by instructions in the simple rules of health and sanitation.” Mr. Macewen furnished a horse, carriage, sleigh and coachman for two years to carry the agency’s first nurse, Miss Nellie Daniels, to patients when the weather was inclement or the distance was too far for her to walk.
Natick VNA, a not-for-profit agency, is committed to excellence in providing caring and compassionate multi-disciplinary health care services to patients in their homes. Through the generosity of our donors and communities, we endeavor to provide services regardless of a person’s ability to pay.
The Natick VNA is the premier provider of home health care services in MetroWest. We are focused on delivering the highest quality, most responsive, personalized care to all of our patients using innovative best practice interventions. Our highly qualified staff achieve exceptional outcomes and patient satisfaction, receiving the highly coveted Double 5-Star designation by Medicare.
- Integrity – Honest and ethical representations with all constituents and respect for privacy and confidentiality
- Education – Provide the community with pertinent health information and staff with career development opportunities
- Respect – Recognize the diversity of all constituents; honor the needs and concerns of our patients and staff
- Stewardship – Strengthen our financial position through prudent fiscal management; use creative means to secure philanthropy
The Natick Visiting Nurse Association provides high-quality, cost-effective services to all residents of our service area, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
Judith Boyko, MBA, MS, RN
Ms. Boyko has been the CEO of Natick VNA since 1981. She has extensive experience in home and community health care, including visiting nurse service, broader community/public health education and nursing education. She was recognized by the Home & Health Care Association of Massachusetts as Manager of the Year in 1997 and received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leader Award from the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation in 2007. Ms. Boyko serves in various Board capacities for the following organizations: Visiting Nurse Associations of New England, VNA Consortium, Framingham Community Health Center, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center and Framingham State University School of Nursing.
For more than 30 years, Ms. Cofran has been instrumental in developing and improving the business and financial operations of Natick Visiting Nurse Association and its affiliates, Century Health Systems and Distinguished Care Options. She implements, directs and oversees all financial and operational activities of the organization; is responsible for the overall day-to-day business operations of the agencies, including business and financial strategy and planning, monitoring, management and reporting; and works closely with the CEO to accomplish goals set forth in each company’s Strategic Plans. A former Board member and Interim Treasurer and Clerk of the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England, Inc., Ms. Cofran has served as a member of its Finance Committee for more than 20 years.
A creative, enthusiastic development professional with more than 20 years of proven results helping non-profit agencies increase capacity, Ms. Stich has helped non-profit organizations actualize their mission through a gamut of services around fundraising and capacity building, including federal, state, private, corporate, and foundation grant writing; major donor initiatives; capital and annual fund campaigns; fundraising events, public relations strategy, board trainings, and strategic planning. Ms. Stich frequently teaches and presents on the topics of grant writing, major donors, strategic planning, capital campaigns, event planning and board development in a number of settings, including trade association groups, higher education, non-profit organizations and corporations, to name a few.