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YNHHS, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice announce integration

Visiting Nurse Association Community Healthcare & Hospice (VNACH) recently integrated with Yale New Haven Health System, expanding patients’ home health care options. 

VNACH is now part of Home Care Plus Inc., YNHHS’ community-based, home-health agency.

“Our health system’s hospitals and medical offices rely on expert home health to provide patients with the extended nursing care and therapies they need for recovery after illness or injury, or to manage patients before hospitalization in the comfort of their homes,” said Kathleen O’Leary, RN, vice president, YNHHS Post-Acute Care Services. “VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice has long been known for its excellent patient and whole-family care, which aligns with our mission and vision.”


The integration of VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice with Yale New Haven Health will expand high-quality home health options for people throughout the Shoreline region and help the health system better manage patients who can be safely and appropriately cared for at home.

Healthcare delivery has never evolved more rapidly than during the past two years. To expand services and provide the full continuum of care for patients, YNHHS has looked to partner with strong organizations that provide outstanding care in this evolving landscape. As YNHHS’ patient population is more inclined to age in place, this integration enhances the health system’s ability to provide coordinated, high-quality home health services. 

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice has been in operation since 1910; it currently serves 35 towns throughout the Shoreline region. 

“Our mission to promote and preserve the health, safety, dignity and independence of individuals and families has never been more important,” said David Cowan, chair of the board, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice. “We are excited to join Yale New Haven Health and its mission to provide excellent, patient-centered care both in and out of the hospital environment.”

“With overwhelming demand for emergency care and inpatient 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.”

Learn more about YNHHS’ home health and other post-acute care services.