Bethel Visiting Nurse Association


Mission Statement


Mary Edna Cargill Scholarship

To foster and promote wellness and to provide compassionate, skilled health care to our patients in their homes and to the communities we serve in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards.

The Bethel Visiting Nurse Association was founded in 1927 by a group of public-spirited women who met regularly at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bethel. Our VNA began with one nurse, Sara Baldwin, who served as both a home care nurse and school nurse for the Town of Bethel.


A voluntary board of directors has guided the Bethel VNA through decades of growth and change. Our roots in the communities we serve are strengthened through the contributions of these community leaders, local health care experts and dedicated area residents.

Since 1968, the Mary Edna Cargill Scholarship has been awarded each year to Bethel residents who are enrolled in or accepted to a degree program in a health-related field. Special consideration is given to those pursuing a degree in Nursing, Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy, however, any other health-related field also qualifies. This scholarship memorializes Mary Edna Cargill, a Bethel VNA nurse who was both a school and home care nurse. Her descendants still live in Bethel.


Click here to download a scholarship application. Completed applications may be mailed to the address below or sent in by e-mail to Bethel VNA. Applications must be completed and submitted no later than May 1st annually.




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