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VNA of WNY Recognized as HomeCare Elite Top 500

Updated: 11/8/2017

The Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York (VNA) has been named to the Top 500 of the 2017 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

"VNA’s national ranking is humbling and very rewarding," said Judy Baumgartner, president of the VNA. "Our team consistently strives for excellence. This recognition is a testament to the focus and emphasis the VNA places on leading with CARE and the provision of high quality patient care."

HomeCare Elite agencies are determined by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, best practices implementation, patient experience (HHCAHPS), quality improvement and consistency, and financial health. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least three outcomes in Home Health Compare.

Over 9,000 home care agencies are considered nationally and the analysis is based on review of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly reported data. The VNA was awarded Top 500 designation, representing the Top 5 percent of agencies nationally.

The VNA is the largest certified home health agency in Western New York. They provide care for more than 26,000 patients annually, performing more than 500,000 home visits. The agency is ranked among the top home health care agencies in the nation, according to data from Strategic Healthcare Partners and CMS.

Founded in 1885, the VNA was the first visiting nursing organization in the country. Since then, they have become one of the oldest charities in the nation and remain the largest home health agency in the Western New York region.

The VNA offers a full range of services including pediatric and adult skilled nursing and therapies, chronic disease management, home infusion therapy, mental health care, obstetrical services, telehealth, personal care, as well as personal response systems.

The VNA, a Kaleida Health affiliate, currently provides services to residents in ten Western New York counties including Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Livingston and Steuben.