Visiting Nurse Service of New York

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Visiting Nurse Service of New York
Visiting Nurse Service of New York Logo.jpg
Abbreviation VNSNY
Founded 1893
Legal status Not-for-profit organization
Headquarters New York City
Region served
New York City; Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties; parts of Upstate New York
Subsidiaries VNSNY Home Care, VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, Partners in Care, VNSNY CHOICE

Founded in 1893 by nursing pioneer Lillian D. Wald and Mary M. Brewster, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is one the largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization in the United States,[1] serving the five boroughs of New York City; Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties; and parts of upstate New York.


Lillian Wald, the founder of public health nursing, began her mission on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. At the time, this was the most densely populated area in the world.[2][3][4] In 1893 Wald founded the Nurses' Settlement, which later changed its name to the Henry Street Settlement. In 1895, banker and philanthropist Jacob Schiff purchased the Federal style townhouse at 265 Henry Street for the new organization to use, and expansion continued to adjacent buildings over the next few years.[5][6] Henry Street Settlement funded the first nurse in the New York City public schools—an innovation that led to the creation of a citywide public school nurse program, the first in the world. By 1940, nearly 300 visiting nurses were providing medical care throughout New York City.[7] Henry Street Settlement's nurse service became the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.[8]

Corporate information[edit]


The VNSNY workforce[9] consists of licensed practical and registered nurses; physical, occupational, and speech language therapists; social workers; home health aides and home attendants, physicians, registered dietitians, and psychologists.

VNSNY has received more than 90 national and regional awards[citation needed] from the American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association, Visiting Nurse Associations of America, New York Academy of Medicine, New York Times Tribute to Nurses, New York University College of Nursing, Home Care Association of New York State, Crain’s New York Business, Public Health Association of New York City, and the national associations of Social Workers, Hispanic Nurses, Chinese American Nurses, among many others.

Current President and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is Christopher T. Olivia, M.D.

Research center[edit]

The company conducts research to increase the evidence base for health care at home, and established the VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy & Research in 1993.[10] Its IT innovations have been the subject of research[11]


VNSNY acts as a liaison between patient and government bodies such as the state and federal legislatures, as well as regulatory bodies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Insurance.[citation needed]


The company paid $35 million to the federal Medicaid program in order to settle a civil suit alleging it enrolled ineligible people into Medicaid plans,[12] and is currently defending allegations it claimed Medicaid and Medicare income for care ordered by doctors but never delivered.[13][1][14]

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  1. ^ a b Bernstein, Nina (23 September 2016). "Whistle-Blower Suit Accuses Visiting Nurse Service of Fraud" – via 
  2. ^ "Lower East Side Tenement Museum". 
  3. ^ "History - Visiting Nurse Service of New York". 
  4. ^ "The Incredible Shrinking CIO". CIO. 77 (2). 15 Oct 2003. 
  5. ^ "Our History". Henry Street Settlement. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  6. ^ Eisenstadt, Peter; Moss, Laura-Eve (2005). Encyclopedia of New York State. Syracuse University Press. 
  7. ^ "Henry Street Settlement". National Park Service. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  8. ^ Elizabeth Fee and Liping Bu (July 2010). "The Origins of Public Health Nursing: The Henry Street Visiting Nurse Service". American Journal of Public Health. 100 (7): 1206–1207. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2009.186049. PMC 2882394Freely accessible. PMID 20466947. 
  9. ^ "How to Control Costs With CMS's Knee Replacement Bundles". 
  10. ^ "Background". Retrieved March 17, 2016. 
  11. ^ Rosenfeld, Russell; Ames, S; Roasti, R (12 August 2010). "Using Technology to Enhance the Quality of Home Health Care: Three Case Studies of Health Information Technology Initiatives at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York". Journal for Healthcare Quality. 32: 22–29. 
  12. ^ "Visiting Nurse Services to pay $35M in Medicaid fraud suit". 
  13. ^ Pamoukaghlian, Veronica. "Visiting Nurse Service of New York Faces Medicare & Medicaid Fraud Suit". 
  14. ^ "Day Centers Sprout Up, Luring Fit Elders and Costing Medicaid". The New York Times. 23 April 2013. 

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