Bess MacCulloch

Bess MacCulloch, R.N. was the first executive director hired for the newly created Visiting Nurse Association of Port Huron and Marysville (VNA). From 1952 through 1975; Bess provided outstanding leadership for the agency. She led the organization through a period of rapid growth and development coupled with significant changes in the delivery of health care services in the home. In addition to qualifying the agency for status as a Medicare and Medicaid certified agency, Bess also contributed to the expansion of health care services in the home through the addition of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social work and home health aide services.

Bess retired in 1975 after providing 23 years of dedication and loyalty to the VNA and our community. In recognition of Bess's many contributions, the VNA Board of Directors in 1988 established the Bess MacCulloch Award for Outstanding Community Service. The award is given annually to an individual who, like Bess, demonstrates outstanding leadership in the area of home health care and community support. In 1989, the board dedicated the organization's annual report in memory of Bess.

In his book, John Brown's People, Mr. Brown described Bess in these words, "Bess MacCulloch is a roller coaster in human emotion. She's humble, dynamic, warm, forceful and sincere."

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