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Health Department: OVNA

  • Director of Health - Amir Mohammad, MD, MPH
    605A Orange Center Road
    Orange, CT 06477
    Tel: (203) 891-4752

    Assistant Director of Health - Robert Baltimore
    Tel: (203) 891-2165

The function of the Orange Health Department is to provide for the protection of health and the promotion of human comfort and well-being of Town residents. To accomplish this task, the department is organized into two basic service areas: 1) the Medical Division, consisting of the Orange Visiting Nurses Association (O.V.N.A.) and the school and public nursing programs, and 2) the Environmental Health Division. The Director of Health oversees the operation of both Divisions.

Go to Environmental Health Division


Medical Division
Orange Visiting Nurses Association

The Clark Building
605A Orange Center Road
Orange, CT 06477
Tel: 203-891-4752
Fax: 203-891-2169


  • Director: Judy Benson, RN
    Tel: 203-891-4751
    jbenson@orange-ct.gov
  • Assistant Director: Carrie Gordon, RN, BSN

The Orange Visiting Nurses Association, founded in 1937, is an "official" agency of the Town of Orange. Prior to 1987, it was known as the Orange Public Health Nursing Service. It is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health as a full service Home Health Agency and is certified by Medicare and Medicaid. The Orange VNA is a member of the Connecticut Association for Home Health Care (CAHC). The agency provides comprehensive home health care services as well as health promotion, health education and school health programs to the residents of Orange.

The OVNA provides skilled nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; medical social services; and home health aides to the homebound residents of Orange, Milford, and Woodbridge. Nutritional counseling is also available. School health services are provided to the Orange elementary schools.

The Nursing Board of Directors is the governing body for the OVNA. In June 1979 an ordinance was passed establishing a Board of Health with supervisory and policy review responsibilities over the Board of Directors. The OVNA does not have an affiliating/networking relationship with any other entity.

Blood Pressure Screenings are offered on the third Thursday of every month at the OVNA office in the Clark Building (former library), from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. This offers residents an opportunity to have their blood pressure monitored or to receive information and/or counseling on health-related matters. These sessions are conducted by Registered Nurses, and are free and no appointment is necessary. In addition, "Health Chats" are being held throughout the year at the Orange Senior Center. Check their bulletins for dates and times.

The OVNA also conducts flu vaccination clinics in the fall. The OVNA has health information on a variety of topics and staff members are available to speak before community groups.

The School Health Program for the Town's four elementary schools is also under the direction of the Orange VNA. A Registered Nurse is assigned fulltime to each of these schools.


OVNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Thomas Krause, Chairman
    email: tkrause@swchc.org
  • Marianne Bauer
  • Jeanne Consiglio
  • Stan Rutowicz
  • Jean Virshup
  • Loretta Smith
  • Julie Davis
  • Barbara Bacal
  • Joseph Trentacosta
  • Richard Zorena
The OVNA Board of Directors meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Clark Building at 8:30 AM.