Diocese of Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre, NY - The Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island, Inc. (VNA of LI) has been awarded $3.2 million as part of $45 million in New York State’s Vital Access/Safety Net Provider Program grants. VNA of LI is a certified home health agency, providing home health services for more than 100 years to clients in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn.

VNA of LI recently began the process of becoming part of Catholic Health Services (CHS) of Long Island’s Continuing Care Division in order to restructure itself and transition into an integrated delivery system. This is consistent with the intent of the Medicaid Redesign Proposal #67, which is to provide operational and restructuring assistance to safety net hospitals, nursing homes and clinics to make critical decisions to either close, merge or restructure.

“We applied for this HEAL grant to better assist both our patients and CHS’s patients and provide the necessary services to underserved patients in the community,” explained Orael Keenan, president and CEO, of the Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island, Inc.. “With this support, we can preserve VNA of LI as Long Island’s premier vital access provider and safety net home health resource for maternal child health services and services to the elderly.

“VNA of LI’s integration with CHS will help better manage CHS’s 2,000 patients a year who are discharged to Queens from our CHS hospitals,” said Joseph Tomaino, CHS Executive Vice President and President and CEO of Continuing Care. “They will partner with CHS’s Catholic Home Care to provide quality home care services throughout Long Island.”

The Garden City-based VNA of LI provides quality home care to more than 600 patients daily in Nassau and Queens, and more recently, Suffolk and Brooklyn. Patients are those who are high-risk, underserved and economically disadvantaged, including the maternal/child health population. They are dedicated to not only delivering the highest quality care but also to advocating for their clients to ensure that they always have access to the programs, services and technologies essential to their overall health and well being.

The group, which was founded in 1912, also provides meals daily to more than 500 elderly in Nassau County through its Meals on Wheels program.