VNSHS in the News

The Huntington Club Presents Donation to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk

January 31, 2018 –The Huntington Club, Inc., a not-for-profit organization comprised of approximately 200 women who are dedicated to supporting local charities, presented a check for $2000 to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk at the clubs December 2017 meeting at the Watermill in Smithtown.

Pictured from left are Joan Lewis, Bereavement Coordinator for VNSHS, Catherine Storch, Clinical Manager for VNSHS and Patricia Martinolich, President of The Huntington Club.

Hospice House Gets Decorated for the Holidays

We are so grateful to the Asharoken Garden Club for their loving attention given year after year to make our Hospice House in East Northport warm and welcoming, especially through the holiday season.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Named as a Top Agency of the 2017 ABILITY | HomeCare Elite for Twelfth Consecutive Year

[October 25, 2017] — Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For twelve years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of Home Health Line and the Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual.

“The team at VNSHS has demonstrated an impressive ability to deliver great patient care,” said Christine Lang, senior director for ABILITY Network. “This is due to the skill and dedication of their clinical professionals, as well as the proficiency and efforts of their quality team tracking, measuring and interpreting the data that supports the delivery of care. Together, they have earned this recognition as one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

Linda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, credits the combination of competent and dedicated employees, superior clinical oversight, and a strong management team with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite for the twelfth consecutive year. "I'm extremely proud of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk's accomplishment which recognizes our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Ms. Taylor.

“Congratulations to those leading agencies that earned a spot on HomeCare Elite,” said Marci Heydt, senior content manager for DecisionHealth. “VNSHS and its peers have worked hard to improve quality outcomes while maintaining solid profit margins, which is increasingly difficult as home health agencies faced increased regulatory burdens each year.”

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. Out of 9,064 agencies considered, 2,268 are recognized on the 2017 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

2017 recipients of the Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is pleased to announce that recent Northport High School graduates, Emily Briggs and Brianna Boccard, have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award.

Both young ladies began college this fall and are majoring in nursing.

Emily is attending The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing at Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. Her goal is to go on to graduate school and pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of pediatric oncology/hematology.

Brianna is attending the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University and would like to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner in the field of oncology/hematology. Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk awards two students each year, who have demonstrated academic achievement and are pursuing careers in the field of nursing.

These scholarships are awarded in honor and memory of Helen Strobl, the first Executive Director of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, who was a Baccalaureate and Masters nursing graduate herself and proponent of higher education for nurses.

(Pictured left to right) Lauren Briggs, her daughter Emily Briggs, VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor, Brianna Boccard, her father Dan and Robert Cogliati, VNSHS Board President.

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Townwide Fund of Huntington Presents Grant to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk

October 9, 2017 – The Townwide Fund of Huntington, a non-governmental agency that awards grants to bridge the gap between dwindling governmental support for local charities and the increasing needs of community residents, presented a check for $10,000 to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk at the TWF’s Harvest Night 2017 on October 3, held at LaunchPad Huntington.

VNSHS has been a participating agency of the Townwide Fund of Huntington for over 35 years. This grant will be allocated to provide acupuncture for pain control and symptom management.

(Pictured from left to right) Stephanie Bontempi, TWF Grant Chair, Gloria Palacios, Executive Director for TWF, VNSHS Board Vice President John J. Lynch, Vita Scaturo, TWF Grants Chair, Janice Whelan, TWF Grants Chair, VNSHS Board Member Susan Lyons, VNSHS Board Member Ronald Duswalt and TWF Board President Jim Powers.

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Meet Eileen Kane-Gemmell, MPA, RDN, CDN, FAND
Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist

Eileen Kane-Gemmell, full-time Home Care Dietitian and Nutritionist for VNSHS has many credentials after her name. Eileen has made her career in the field of dietetics, her life’s work, and has earned each accreditation over the course of her 40-year career. Her most recent accomplishment has been achieving the honor of Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) in 2016. This designation recognizes her commitment to the field of dietetics and celebrates her professional accomplishment and pursuit of life-long learning. This is the highest honor one can receive in the field of dietetics. Becoming a fellow means she is considered an expert in her field, based on her professional accomplishments, education, and social responsibility in the area of nutrition. There are only a handful of registered dietitians on Long Island who have achieved this honor, while the members of Long Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics LIAND (formerly LIDA) number more than 200.

Eileen is the only full-time Registered Home Care Dietitian in Suffolk County.

Eileen’s journey into dietetics came from a very personal place, after she saw first-hand the impact of nutritional care when her father was diagnosed with lung cancer. Her dedication to transforming lives through nutrition and counseling is unparalleled, and is the driving force in her career. In the span of her dietetics career she has extensive experience in hospital dietetics, developmental disabilities, long term and sub-acute rehabilitation, and geriatrics. Her next goal is to become credentialed as a certified diabetic educator, or CDE.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at SUNY Oneonta, Eileen went on to complete a dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital , where she completed administrative, as well as outpatient clinical work in multiple settings, giving her a broad scope of experience in her field.

Eileen married during her junior year of college, at a time when it was not common for women to pursue a career over family, and her husband, Jim has been her biggest supporter. He has always stood by Eileen as she continued to grow in her career combining work, family and education. While raising their children, Eileen chose to go back to graduate school to obtain her MPA in Health Care and Public Administration. She was inducted into the Public Administration honor society, Phi Alpha Alpha, based on academic achievement, while attending LIU in their master’s program. In addition to having been active in the Long Island Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1975, Eileen has served multiple positions on the board, including president and past president of LIDA. Professionally she is active in Intergrative and Functional Nutrition, Dietitians in Health Care Communities, Dietitians in Diabetes Care and Education and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Since 2008, Eileen’s role at VNSHS began as a consultant handling medically complex patients. She became full-time in 2011, and her responsibilities expanded to home care, especially in the areas of cardiac, renal, diabetes, oncology, and tube feeding as well as the Hospice House. In addition, she has developed policies and procedures, and has had extensive public-speaking engagements. Her passion for her work has made her a valuable member of the VNSHS team.

An essential constituent in home care work, Eileen Kane-Gemmell is dedicated to working with patients in making them adaptable to their individual circumstances and personalizing a care plan for each patient. Eileen works relentlessly in order to improve their quality of life while providing compassionate, as well as professional, and state-of-the-art dietetic and nutritional services.

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VNSHS Honors Robert Cogliati at it's 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic

On August 7, 2017, VNSHS held its 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic at Indian Hills Country Club in Northport. Over 100 golfers showed support for the agency and it's outstanding community service honoree Robert Cogliati, CPA. Fun was had by all, despite the gloomy forecast, raising awareness and funds for Hospice House in East Northport. Thank you to our sponsors, Board of Trustees and all the volunteers who came to lend a hand, making our golf classic a huge success

  

Engeman Theatre Makes Generous Donation to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk

August 9, 2017 – On Wednesday, August 9, Kevin O'Neill, co-owner and Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, presented VNSHS with a donation for $12,500. The theater donated a portion of ticket sales from a special fundraising performance of Grease, held on July 12. This generous gift will help cover operating expenses at VNSHS' Hospice House, located at 101 Laurel Road in East Northport. Pictured from left are Robert Cogliati, VNSHS Board of Trustees President, Todd Latchford, Theater Group Sales Manager, Barbara Sorelle, VNSHS Special Events Planner, VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor and Kevin O'Neill, Theater Managing Director and Co-owner.

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Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk appoints Officers to Board of Trustees

May 22, 2017 – Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (Northport, NY), a not-for-profit, community based home health care agency and hospice, recently elected a new slate of officers to serve on its Board of Trustees. At the VNSHS Annual Meeting held on May 16, 2017, Robert P. Cogliati was elected President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Cogliati is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner at Caminiti & Cogliati, CPA’s, LLP. In addition to Mr. Cogliati’s appointment, the agency has appointed John J. Lynch as 1st Vice President and Patricia M. Matos-Puente, MD as 2nd Vice President. Mr. Lynch is retired from the Northport-East Northport School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, and Dr. Matos-Puente is a board certified internist who runs a successful home visiting practice, Doctor in the House.

Pediatric emergency medicine physician Gregory P. Garra, DO has been appointed as Secretary and reappointed as Treasurer is Andrew G. Bene, a retired partner and global head of capital markets at Pricewaterhouse.

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Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Named as a Top Agency of the 2016 Home Care Elite for Eleventh Consecutive Year

[March 24, 2017] — Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management for ABILITY® Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk on being one of the top agencies in the country.”

Linda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, credits the combination of competent and dedicated employees, superior clinical oversight, and a strong management team with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite for the eleventh consecutive year. "I'm extremely proud of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk's accomplishment which recognizes our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Ms. Taylor.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

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VNSHS will be featured on Island Outlook, a radio program broadcast on various stations across Long Island.

Host Christina Kay speaks to VNSHS RN's about VNSHS this Sunday, December 18 on the following stations:

  • KJOY 98.3 FM at 6:00 am
  • WALK 97.5 FM at 7:00 am
  • Max FM 103.1 at 7:00 am
  • The Shark 94.3 FM at 7:00 am
  • WHLI 1100 AM at 7:00 am

You can listen now via this link or tune in this Sunday. This link will also be available on each radio stations website.

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Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, VNSHS will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, VNSHS is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, VNSHS will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”

“VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans please contact VNSHS at 631-261-7200.

“America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission

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