VNSNY has been on the front lines of every health care crisis for over 125 years, and our services are absolutely critical during the coronavirus pandemic. Our frontline nurses, clinicians, and aides desperately need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to keep them and our patients safe. But we are facing a dangerous shortage of critical supplies.
The safety and health of our staff and patients are always a top priority at VNSNY. Our staff are in the community every day and are always vigilant about protecting their—and their patients’—health.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, VNSNY staff and home health aides from our Partners in Care division have remained on the job, continuing to do the crucial work of keeping New Yorkers healthy and at home in these challenging times!
VNSNY is committed to keeping our staff and patients safe. Thanks to an initial delivery of protective equipment, VNSNY field staff is safely caring for COVID-positive patients. This allows hospitals to discharge COVID-19 patients to our care—and makes hospital beds available to those who desperately need them.
All staff are also required to screen themselves every day to ensure they do not have a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms—or any other illness that might be passed along to patients or their families.
In doing our best to protect our workforce and patients, while also continuing to play a vital role in stemming COVID-19 mortality city-wide, we will minimize the number of in-person visits, with a focus on short-term and essential acute care and will increase the use of virtual/telephonic care wherever possible.
VNSNY has been working with the New York State Department of Health and the CDC to make sure our patients, staff, and the community we serve are supported against COVID-19.
New York State has also established a hotline for questions and information: 1-888-364-3065.
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