When you're laid up in bed, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) can give you something besides your afternoon soap operas to look forward to. VNSNY is one of the largest not-for-profit home health care providers in the US. The company provides a wide range of home health services to some 140,000 patients throughout New York City, as well as on Long Island. Visitation programs include senior care, rehabilitation therapy, mental health, hospice, and pediatrics, as well as Medicare/Medicaid programs. The company's 15,000 care providers make more than 2 million professional home visits each year.
VNSNY serves patients in New York City, Nassau County, and parts of Westchester County.
Operating some 20 agency offices, VNSNY has about 2,900 nurses, 537 rehabilitation therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists), more than 10,600 home health aides, 629 social workers, and 166 other clinical professionals.
The company's most frequent diagnoses among its patients are diabetes, hypertension, symptoms involving the nervous and muscular systems, heart failure, and chronic ulcers of the skin.
In addition to traditional home care services, VNSNY provides a Medicaid Managed Long Term Care (MLTC) plan that provides homecare services for elderly New York residents with chronic conditions. VNS CHOICE became VNSNY CHOICE, creating a new brand identity for the company's managed care plan. VNSNY CHOICE is designed to cover patients with chronic illnesses. VNSNY also added a new plan to its Medicare Advantage offerings. The plan is designed for people with Medicare but not Medicaid coverage, called VNSNY CHOICE Medicare Option 5.
VNSNY has expanded its nursing care organization through acquisitions of smaller agencies and specialist providers over the years. For instance, in 2010 the company purchased the home health agency of the White Plains Hospital Center for about $5 million.
VNSNY also acquired Pax Christi Hospice program of the bankrupt St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center for $9 million that year. Later in 2010 it purchased St. Vincent's long-term home health care program (the Lombardi program) for about $30 million. The Lombardi acquisition expanded VNSNY's long-term home health care program to an broader service territory and increase its long-term care customers in the New York metro area.
It also grows through organic expansion. In 2012 VNSNY received approval from the State of New York to expand its Medicaid Managed Long Term Care plan (VNSNY CHOICE) to 23 New York counties.
Lillian Wald, the founder of public health nursing in the US, established VNSNY in 1893.