Enriching the lives of New York’s most vulnerable, regardless of their ability to pay
No matter what illness or injury a New Yorker faces, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is there to help—regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. This was an integral part of our mission in 1893, and it is one we are proud to keep today.
On any given day, our skilled nurses and health care professionals touch the lives of more than 48,500 New Yorkers. Some of them lack insurance entirely, or don’t have sufficient coverage to pay for the care they desperately need. As they adjust to a debilitating injury or come to terms with a devastating diagnosis, they may be faced with the choice of paying for life-saving treatment, or for housing and food for their children.
To help alleviate the suffering of those facing that terrifying reality, VNSNY in 2017 provided
$7 million in charitable care to 8,500 of our under-served neighbors.
Uninsured, Arjan* has congestive heart failure. Thanks to Charitable Care Services from VNSNY, he is recovering from his recent hospitalization, and his daughter feels great relief that she has help caring for her father.
In some cases, our dedicated frontline staff recognize that their patients need more than medical care—that a small investment in an item or service would go a long way toward relieving suffering and improving their quality of life.
To address this need, VNSNY established the Patient Enrichment Program Fund, which provides homebound and other vulnerable and disadvantaged seniors with items and services requested by their VNSNY nurse or clinician that provide comfort and promote healing:
Bringing this level of care and support to our neighbors who need help is made possible with the charitable support of others. You can help make sure that the familiar knock of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York will be head at the door of any New York area family who needs us by making a gift today.
* The patient’s name has been changed for privacy.