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Visiting Nurse Association of Albany becomes part of Albany Med Health System

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ALBANY — The Visiting Nurses Association of Albany has joined the Albany Med Health System.

The two organizations announced the agreement Monday. Albany Med said it will improve coordinated care for patients during their entire course of treatment; VNA said the deal will give it access to the expertise of other components of the system.

VNA, with a current workforce of 125, was founded in 1880 and is the second-oldest home healthcare provider in the state. The affiliated Visiting Nurses Home Care was founded in 1988 and now has more than 650 employees providing care in an 18-county area.

The Albany Med Health System, already the largest health care system and largest private-sector employer in the Capital Region, will be the parent organization of the VNA. Other components of the system include Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany Medical College, Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Hospital.

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In a prepared statement, Albany Med Health System CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna said: “We are close partners in the care plans we develop, and our core service areas fit perfectly together. By joining forces, we are redoubling our shared commitment to quality, coordinated care along a patient’s entire journey of healing, wherever they may be.”

VNA of Albany CEO Susan Larman said: “This partnership will strengthen the collaboration of clinical expertise with each System hospital to promote a smooth transition of clinical services to the home setting with efficiency, consistency, and highly skilled expertise.”

Albany Med Health System said the agreement also will provide opportunities for the nurses who work under contract at the system’s four hospitals.

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