All Care VNA opens $9 million home office in downtown Lynn

By  Steven A. Rosenberg Globe Staff  /  March 1, 2012 For almost three decades, a dusty half-acre vacant lot greeted visitors when they entered downtown Lynn from the Lynnway. These days, city officials hope that All Care Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice's $9 million, four-story brick and glass building that stands on the spot will herald a new era of investment in Lynn's downtown. 'It's great for both the city and its partner, the VNA,'' said state Representative Steven M. Walsh, a Lynn Democrat who represents the downtown area. 'We have a beautiful building at the gateway that hopefully is going to be a harbinger of more development to come.'' On March 8, city officials and All Care employees will officially mark the new building with a ribbon-cutting. But for All Care, one of the state's largest visiting nurse organizations, the building represents a new chapter in its history, which began more than 100 years ago in Lynn. 'We really wanted to remain in Lynn,'' explained Shawn Potter, All Care's president and chief executive officer. Potter said almost half of the nonprofit's 630 employees live in Lynn, and they serve about 12,000 people a year – including about 6,000 Lynn residents. All Care, which provides visiting nurses, hospice, and private home care, serves patients in communities north of Boston from Revere to the New Hampshire border. The city of Lynn, the MBTA, and All Care's workers will also benefit from the new move. While a nonprofit, All Care will pay the city $80,000 over the next five years in an agreement it reached in lieu of taxes. The MBTA,...

On March 8, city officials and All Care employees will officially mark new building with a ribbon-cutting.

For almost three decades, a dusty half-acre vacant lot greeted visitors when theyentereddowntown Lynn from the Lynnway. These days, city officials hope that All Care Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice's $9 million, four-story brick and glass building that stands on the spot will herald a new era of investment in Lynn's downtown. 'It's great for both the city and its partner, the VNA,'' said state Representative Steven M. Walsh, a Lynn Democrat who represents the downtown area. 'We have a beautiful building at the gateway that hopefully is going to be a harbinger of more development to come.'' On March 8, city officials and All Care employees will officially mark the new building with a ribbon-cutting. But for All Care, one of the state's largest visiting nurse organizations, the building represents a new chapter in its history, which began more than 100 years ago in Lynn. 'We really wanted to remain in Lynn,'' explained Shawn Potter, All Care's president and chief executive officer. Potter said almost half of the nonprofit's 630 employees live in Lynn, and they serve about 12,000 people a year – including about 6,000 Lynn residents. All Care, which provides visiting nurses, hospice, and private home care, serves patients in communities north of Boston from Revere to the New Hampshire border. The city of Lynn, the MBTA, and All Care's workers will also benefit from the new move. While a nonprofit, All Care will pay the city $80,000 over the next five years in an agreement it reached in lieu of taxes. The MBTA, which sold the lot to All Care for $925,000, has also agreed...