Mission & History
Everyone needs help when an injury, chronic illness or addiction affects the quality of life. As Central Pennsylvania’s premier, not-for-profit provider of homecare, hospice, behavioral healthcare and community services, Home Nursing Agency is here for you and your family during life’s most challenging moments.
Since 1968, Home Nursing Agency has been caring for families with the mission of providing the highest quality of customer service with a sense of warmth, kindness and individual pride. Whether it's at home, school, or at one of our community sites, our employees are committed to ensuring families have the resources to remain at home and in their communities.
An 18th Century French Writer once wrote, "To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." A consortium of local professionals, spearheaded by Dr. Michael Denny, personified those words when they recognized the urgent need for quality healthcare in Blair County and then established a not-for-profit organization - the Blair County Collaborating Home Nursing Agency, now referred to solely as Home Nursing Agency.
With great diligence and momentum, this grassroots effort pulled together medical, surgical, and home healthcare groups to provide services on a visiting basis at the residence of individuals who were in need of care. Initially, the Agency employed six nurses, serving residents of Altoona and Hollidaysburg from an office at Valley View Nursing Home. More than 48 years later, the Agency has evolved into a trusted leader in the community health network with nearly 1,000 employees serving more than 21,500 people throughout western and central Pennsylvania. Also, the Agency has maintained its unwavering pledge to deliver uncompromising patient care despite the challenges and adversities on the healthcare front. The Agency’s ability to serve was strengthened in 2013 when the Home Nursing Agency became part of UPMC Community Provider Services, which specializes in post-acute services. In early 2016, Family Hospice and Palliative Care, headquartered in Mt. Lebanon, PA, was integrated as part of Home Nursing Agency. The combined hospice program serves 4,000 patients annually and is the largest not-for-profit hospice provider in the Commonwealth.