History of Pemi-BakerIn early spring of 1966, Lois Reed, R.N., in conjunction with the New Hampshire Division of Public Health, presented a new idea for Grafton County in the form of home nursing care. She enlisted the aid of the medical profession and the community, and in May of 1966 the Plymouth Council of United Church Women agreed to sponsor what would become the Pemi-Baker Home Health Agency. A Board of Trustees was formed and Mrs. Madeline VanHagen was named chairman. The agency officially opened for business on July 17, 1967. The original staff consisted of one nurse, Dorothy Westberg, one part-time Physical Therapist, Mrs. Henrietta White, and one Secretary, IdaMae Hibbard.
Today the agency staff consists of about 30 employees, which include RN’s, LPN’s, LNA’s, Homemakers, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Finance Assistants and Aquatic Specialists. The Leadership Team includes a Clinical Director, Director of Finance, Director of Rehabilitation, Director of HR/Administrative and the Executive Director. Contracted staff consists of Occupational Therapy and Medical Social Work.
The agency serves the towns of Ashland, Campton, Ellsworth, Groton, Hebron, Holderness, Plymouth, Rumney, Thornton, Warren, Waterville Valley and Wentworth for Home Care. Our service area is wider for Hospice Care. We also serve other towns by arrangement. Participating towns pay an annual appropriation based on a per-capita rate established by the Board of Trustees. Census figures are taken from the most recent figures available from the Office of Comprehensive Planning in Concord.
In 1981 the Pemi-Baker Home Health moved from two rooms at 47 Main Street in Plymouth to 94 Highland Street and in April 1993 we moved across the street to Plymouth Professional Place. We still own our land and building at 94 Highland.
In 1995 we became Medicare Hospice certified and we admitted our first patient in February 1996. Shortly after, we became known as Pemi-Baker Home Health and Hospice.
In December of 2007 Pemi-Baker Home Health & Hospice moved to 101 Boulder Point Drive, Suite 3 in Plymouth and opened the doors of Pemi-Baker Aquatic & Wellness Center. The outpatient facility offers rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, a transitional program as well as a wellness center.
In 2011 we changed our name to Pemi-Baker Community Health to reflect the diversity of services we offer. We currently have four programs: Homecare, Hospice, Outpatient Therapies, and Aquatic & Fitness.
Pemi-Baker Community Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the community by providing excellence in health care services through outreach, in-home and facility-based programming.