Norwell VNA Executive Director Honored for “Dedicated Service to Norwell Community”

The Citizen of the Year is named in early April and a celebratory dinner will take place in May.NORWELL, MA (April 30, 2007) – As Executive Director of the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, Meg Doherty has made her mark on the business community as a longtime advocate for and supporter of the Town of Norwell.

In honor of Doherty’s unwavering commitment and dedication, the Norwell Chamber of Commerce has tapped her as the association’s 2007 “Citizen of the Year.”

In responding to notification of the honor, Doherty said, “The Norwell community has always shown tremendous support for the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association. They have helped us grow to what we are today.”

Doherty originally served as an Associate Member of the Norwell VNA’s Board of Directors from 1980 until she was appointed as the organization’s Executive Director since 1986. Since taking the helm as the Norwell VNA’s Executive Director, Doherty has led the organization’s growth from six staff members to more than 150 employees currently servicing 21 South Shore communities.

“Meg has touched the lives of so many Norwell residents,” said Reiko Beach, Vice President of the Norwell Chamber of Commerce. “The unmatched level of care the Norwell VNA provides our residents combined with the organization’s ongoing community involvement under Meg’s leadership truly makes her one of Norwell’s most influential citizens.”

The Norwell VNA’s community involvement has become a fixture on Norwell’s agenda. In addition to the Norwell VNA’s numerous monthly support groups and wellness clinics, the organization also provides the annual Babysitting Program, participates in the Lights on the Common with the Norwell Men’s Club and the Friends of the Norwell VNA.

In Spring 2006, Doherty and the Norwell VNA, in conjunction with the Norwell Fire and Police Department, developed an Emergency Preparedness plan making Norwell one of the first towns in the state to create an emergency preparedness plan that encompasses an entire community.

“We have made many life long friends in Norwell and have such fond memories of Christmas’ on the Common, Memorial Day celebrations, Town Fairs and Boy Scout road trips. I believe the true meaning of community can be found right here in our town,” said Doherty. “The events that have left the deepest impact on me, however, are the everyday responses I see from my Norwell neighbors when there is a medical need. I am proud that my involvement in the Norwell VNA has helped so many residents receive the care they need to stay within their Norwell homes.”

In addition to her leadership duties at the Norwell VNA, Doherty is a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner  at Harbor Medical Associates. She has been a visiting scholar at Boston College’s William Connell School of Nursing since 2002 and is a member of BC’s continuing education faculty.

Doherty is Immediate Past President of the Visiting Nurse Association of New England’s Board of Directors as well as the Chair of the Quality Standards Committee. She is also is a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America’s Emergency Management Policy and Procedure Committee, the Home and Health Alliance of Massachusetts, and of Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honor Society for Nursing. She is former chair and member of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.

“I feel very fortunate to do what I do and to love what I do,” said Doherty. “I love nursing. Its very nature is dynamic and constantly changing, which gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day.”

Doherty’s degrees include a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, an M.S. in Nursing from the Boston University School of Graduate Nursing, and an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College.

She is a graduate of the Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Nursing from the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a text author and has published in several nursing journals. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her husband Daniel and children Meaghan and Griffin.

The Norwell Visiting Nurse Association, located in Norwell and serving the South Shore, provides nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutritional counseling, home health aides/homemakers and a variety of support services and programs to patients of all ages and for all needs. The Norwell VNA has been serving the community since 1920 providing services to residents in Norwell, Scituate, Abington, Braintree, Cohasset, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke, Quincy, Rockland, Weymouth and Whitman. For more information about the Norwell VNA and its services, please visit the web site at or call 781-659-2342.