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Please Donate to our 2019-2020 Annual Holiday Appeal.

VNS Westchester’s Support Helps Our Patients Achieve their Goals…Your Support Helps Us Make that Possible.


Dear Friend:

As we approach the holiday season, many of us share common goals. To spend time and exchange cards and gifts with family and friends. To pause and reflect on the past year. To toast the New Year ahead. VNS Westchester’s patients share these goals as well. But first and foremost, the primary goal of our patients is improved health.

“When you have your health, you have everything,” the old adage says.  This holds special meaning for the over 10,000 patients we serve each year who are recovering from serious illness or injury or grappling with chronic health conditions at home.

VNSW’s goal is to provide the caliber of care and support that result in optimal health, safety and independence for every patient we serve. As the only independent, not-for-profit Medicare-certified home healthcare agency in our region, we rely on members of our community, like you, to help us achieve the health and wellness goals of our patients. Your support is critical in helping us to continue providing the high quality, compassionate care our patients need and deserve, as government reimbursements for our services are in sharp decline.  

Home healthcare plays a unique role in patient care.  When our home care team enters a patient’s home, a special relationship forms unlike those in other care settings. Our staff has the opportunity to observe and listen to the needs of our patients over an extended period of time.  They come to understand the expectations and aspirations of those in their care, with the goal of treating the whole person, not just the condition.


Before she was sidelined at home with a serious illness, Karen Tutnauer enjoyed her career as a Professor of Chemistry at a local  college. To accelerate her recovery, VNSW RN, Diana Valdes, worked closely with Karen’s physician and family on a plan of care to improve her health at home and help her get back to the career she loves. “My goal,” said Karen, “is to be able to teach two classes in 2020. My nurse, Diana Valdes, has kept me focused on all aspects of my health during her visits. She is amazing at what she does and is very supportive of the whole process. She always walks in with a smile and gives me hope for a healthier future.”

 Your donation to our Annual Holiday Campaign will help us help Karen achieve her goals…and the wellness goals of all of our patients.

 In addition to supporting our core home healthcare services, your contribution, at any level, will enable us to introduce and expand special   programs designed to preserve the health and well-being of thousands of patients and families in Westchester, the Bronx, Dutchess, Putnam and   Rockland counties. These vital programs are not reimbursed by government or other public sources, yet are essential to meet the evolving needs of our patients and the broader communities we serve: 

*Connected Care Digital Remote Patient Monitoring to track changes in patient vital signs, reducing the number of preventable hospital readmissions for high-risk patients

*Expanded Staff Training in Dementia Care and Sepsis Symptom Recognition to promote improved care management and early health interventions    

 *Charitable Care for Underinsured Individuals, including vulnerable patients and families

*Free Community Health Screenings & Programs on disease management and preventative care to keep patients healthy at home

For each and every one of us, the ability to pursue our goals – whatever they may be – is aided by the benefit of good health. For over 118 years, VNS Westchester has helped generations of families maintain their health and independence at home through the skilled and compassionate care that our Nurses, Rehabilitation Therapists and Home Health Aides provide.

As we look to the year ahead, we ask you to help us help you, your family, friends and neighbors to fulfill the most basic goal we all share – the goal of good health – by donating to our Annual Holiday Campaign.

With warm wishes for a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season and New Year,

Timothy P. Leddy, President & CEO