If anything embodies the spirit of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, it is our commitment to providing care to people in our community who are in need.
In 1893, when VNSNY was founded, charitable care meant providing home health nursing to poor immigrants living in crowded tenements on the Lower East Side. In 2015, VNSNY provided nearly $19 million in charitable care, which included $9.4 million to provide direct home care services to more than 6,700 under- and uninsured New Yorkers. These charitable dollars also went to pay for medications for the neediest; for wigs for cancer patients; and for home-safety items for the frail elderly. A wide range of community initiatives—from services for children and families to programs facilitating aging in place—received critical support to operate and grow.
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