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."