Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut

Bringing HEART to Home Care and Hospice

Bridgeport, CT   |  www.vnsct.org
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Mission

Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, Inc., (VNS) a nonprofit health care provider, finds its mission in the provision of quality home health and hospice services to individuals, families and the communities it serves. VNS is committed to the development of a partnership with the patient in the delivery of comprehensive, compassionate care. Our competent and caring staff are guided by: A respect for the dignity and value of life. Patient centered satisfaction.

Ruling year info

1934

Principal Officer

Ann M. Olson

Main address

765 Fairfield Ave

Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA

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EIN

06-0665196

NTEE code info

Home Health Care (includes Visiting Nurse Associations) (E92)

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Our programs

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Medically Underserved Program (MUP)

The MUP at VNS reaches out to the poor and elderly who are among the most vulnerable and dependent members of our community and provides a comprehensive array of the highest quality home medical services to responsibly and effectively address their medical and care-related needs. These services, provided by credentialed and trained staff, include skilled nursing, physical and speech therapy, occupational therapy, and medical social work assistance. Our services and programs address acute and chronic care patients and we serve the needs of the terminally ill with end of life palliative and hospice care. Annually, VNS provides $4 million in community subsidized care for 1,800 patients though our medically underserved program.

Population(s) Served

To ensure patients achieve their optimal health outcomes, VNS' services include medical social workers who assess and work to mitigate non-medical barriers or constraints which may impact recovery and patient care. In many instance the VNS medical social worker will work with the patient and the caregivers to access available community resources. As many of our patients are among the most vulnerable cohorts (financially in-need, elderly, often living by themselves with weak family supports and with prior experience of healthcare disparities, the intervention of a licensed medical social worker can make a significant difference. Home visits by medical social workers are generally an unreasonable expense incurred by VNS supported by our community fundraising.

Population(s) Served

As needed, VNS provides compassionate home based palliative and hospice care for uninsured financially in-need patients. These services are supported by community fundraising efforts.

Population(s) Served

Home-based telemonitoring has demonstrable impacts improving individual and community health outcomes with lower overall community health costs. VNS' Bridgeport Telehealth Collaborative provides patients who would not otherwise have access to services with clinically managed telemonitoring and supportive home visits. VNS is committed to expanding telemonitoring services which support patient independence and lower the incidence of acute or institutionalized care. We would welcome collaborative opportunities in the communities we serve and community funding to support expansion.

Population(s) Served

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Accreditations

Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) - www.chapinc.org

Goals & Strategy

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Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS) is a not-for-profit provider of home healthcare services. We provide a comprehensive range of services to meet patient needs including: skilled nursing; occupational, physical and speech therapy; palliative and hospice care; and home health aides. In addition, our clinical staff includes advanced credentialed nurses with specialized training to address complex patient needs.
Our organization objectives include: to assist patients in attaining their optimal health outcomes; to provide dignified and compassionate care for the terminally ill; and to provide access to vital home healthcare services for uninsured and underinsured patients who may not have other accessible care options.

We endeavor to meet our patient-centric philosophy of care by recruiting and appropriately training qualified staff; adopting and implementing best-practice care delivery protocols; and by providing care-delivery staff with the resources and technology capabilities to deliver best practice care. We have a strong clinical management team to ensure adherence and compliance to evidence-supported care protocols. We have a strong commitment to quality reviews and process improvement and continuously assess our outcomes to identify improvement opportunities. We assess our documented patient outcomes against national, regional and peer-group benchmarks to identify any significant variances.
We have a robust and inclusive referral network to ensure all residents, particularly the underinsured and uninsured, have access to quality home healthcare services during their time of need.
We maintain voluntary accreditation through the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) to ensure that our performance outcomes and processes meet and exceed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) quality standards.

VNS has an experienced and trained staff of 450 committed employees capable of providing quality health and supportive care to a diverse patient census. We operate 24 hours a day / seven days a week and have multiple languages. Our patient outcomes and care delivery is assessed for adherence and compliance with adopted best patient protocols by an experienced clinical management staff. In June 2013, VNS transitioned to electronic health records (EHR) and equipped our nursing and therapy staff with portable tablets providing real-time access to clinical decision-support systems and connectivity to clinical supervision and other members of the patient's health team while they are with the patient in the patient's home.

Based on internal and external assessments of patient outcomes, we believe we are meeting agency objectives in delivering quality comprehensive care to the residents of the 54 communities we serve.
Along with other healthcare providers in the network, we are reviewing all of our processes to ensure we are doing all that is possible to meet the triple aim of healthcare reform: improved outcomes, increased patient satisfaction and cost-reduction in the delivery of care.
While there are a variety of indicators of patient outcomes, we continue to work with hospitals and emerging managed care organizations to reduce the incidence of hospitalization among our patient census. VNS is implementing an Integrated Chronic Care Management (ICCM) protocol for chronically ill patients which to date is showing reductions in the incidence of rehospitalization for at risk patients. We also anticipate that our new point of care integrated technology and software capabilities will improve patient adherence to their recovery plan and result in improved patient outcomes. We are also planning to expand our use of telemonitoring services for chronically ill patients. Telemonitoring provides early detection of conditions requiring intervention and supports the patient's ability to maintain independence at home.
We can also report that VNS is providing access to quality home healthcare services for underinsured and uninsured residents in our service area. In the year ending June 2017, VNS provided $3.4 million in unreimbursed care for 1,902 patients; this included uninsured patients in need of care, patients requiring services for which VNS was not reimbursed; and the difference between reimbursement levels and the reasonable cost of providing clinically needed patient care.

Financials

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Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Paul Mayer


Board co-chair

Carolyn Salsgiver-Kobsa

Barbara Miller

Brody Wilkinson P.C.

M. Geraghty

Community Volunteer

Janet Brogan

Community Volunteer

Dale Danowski

St. Vincent's Medical Center

George Estrada

University of Bridgeport

Matthew Fair

Key Insurance and Benefits

Pamela Hoffman

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Karen Jeffers

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Victor Liss

Community Volunteer

William Newbauer

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Jane-ellen Porter

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James Roach

Community Volunteer

Allan Tibbitts

Retired

John Varrone

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James Woods

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Mary Beth Bednarz

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Victor Liss

Daniel Roach

Seye Astou

Robert Rodia

Anne Khanna

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Ann Olson

Visiting Nurse Services of CT

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No