Yale New Haven Health and VNA South Central Connecticut announce integration

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

New Haven, CT (September 1, 2020) – Yale New Haven Health System (YNHHS) today announced the integration of VNA South Central Connecticut with the health system, and the community-based, home-care service agency will be doing business as Home Care Plus – South Central Connecticut.

“Our health system’s hospitals and medical offices rely on expert home care to provide our patients with the extended nursing care and therapies they need in their recovery after illness or injury,” said Kathleen O’Leary, vice president, post-acute care services, YNHHS. “Given VNA South Central’s commitment to patient-centric care, the integration strengthens our own commitment to the health of people in our communities.”

Last year, VNA South Central Connecticut made about 100,000 visits to patients’ homes and generated about $10 million in total revenue. The non-profit home care agency employs about 100 staff, who will become health system employees.

“Dedication to patients and community has always been the VNA’s mission, and we are proud to extend our well-earned reputation for outstanding, trusted home care services through Yale New Haven Health’s network of care,” said Samantha DiCicco, CEO, executive director/administrator, VNA South Central Connecticut.

The integration enhances Yale New Haven Health’s ability to provide coordinated, high-quality home care services to people throughout the greater New Haven, Milford and Valley regions – given the combined catchment areas served by Home Care Plus and VNA South Central Connecticut.

“With overwhelming demand for emergency care and inpatient hospital services, our hospitals needed a multifaceted plan to better manage patients who can be safely and appropriately cared for at home,” O’Leary said. “Most of our patients would rather be in their homes instead of a hospital. What guides our work is doing what is right for our patients. This integration of services is a natural fit for both organizations.”

Yale New Haven Health, which includes Yale New Haven, Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial and Westerly hospitals, makes over 25,000 referrals to home care services each year. More than half of those referrals are concentrated in the greater New Haven region.

Yale New Haven Health (YNHHS), the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system in Connecticut, is recognized for advanced clinical care, quality, service, cost effectiveness and commitment to improving the health status of the communities it serves. YNHHS includes five hospitals – Bridgeport, Greenwich, Lawrence + Memorial, Westerly and Yale New Haven hospitals, several specialty networks and Northeast Medical Group, a non-profit medical foundation with several hundred community-based and hospital-employed physicians. YNHHS is affiliated with Yale University and Yale Medicine, the clinical practice of the Yale School of Medicine and the largest academic multi-specialty practice in New England. Yale New Haven Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Yale School of Medicine. www.ynhhs.org

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