Community Health Network, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Cambridge, MA by Sarah Hackett, RN, MPH, another nurse and a speech therapist. Over the next few years Sarah became the sole owner. Sarah who had a background as a Director for several Visiting Nurse Agencies saw the need to establish a resource to address the lack of supplemental staffing in the home care and hospice industry. Prior to Community Health Network, there was a reluctance to use staffing agencies because the nurses available were coming from the hospital environment which was not the ideal match for the home care setting. CHN as they became known changed this perception. CHN was the first agency in MA to offer experienced home health and hospice Registered Nurses.