In the News

Engeman Theatre Makes Generous Donation to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk

August 9, 2017 – On Wednesday, August 9, Kevin O'Neill, co-owner and Managing Director of the John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, presented VNSHS with a donation for $12,500. The theater donated a portion of ticket sales from a special fundraising performance of Grease, held on July 12. This generous gift will help cover operating expenses at VNSHS' Hospice House, located at 101 Laurel Road in East Northport. Pictured from left are Robert Cogliati, VNSHS Board of Trustees President, Todd Latchford, Theater Group Sales Manager, Barbara Sorelle, VNSHS Special Events Planner, VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor and Kevin O'Neill, Theater Managing Director and Co-owner.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk appoints Slate of Officers to Board of Trustees

May 22, 2017 – Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (Northport, NY), a not-for-profit, community based home health care agency and hospice, recently elected a new slate of officers to serve on its Board of Trustees. At the VNSHS Annual Meeting held on May 16, 2017, Robert P. Cogliati was elected President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Cogliati is a Certified Public Accountant and Partner at Caminiti & Cogliati, CPA’s, LLP. In addition to Mr. Cogliati’s appointment, the agency has appointed John J. Lynch as 1st Vice President and Patricia M. Matos-Puente, MD as 2nd Vice President. Mr. Lynch is retired from the Northport-East Northport School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, and Dr. Matos-Puente is a board certified internist who runs a successful home visiting practice, Doctor in the House.

Pediatric emergency medicine physician Gregory P. Garra, DO has been appointed as Secretary and reappointed as Treasurer is Andrew G. Bene, a retired partner and global head of capital markets at Pricewaterhouse.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Named as a Top Agency of the 2016 Home Care Elite for Eleventh Consecutive Year

[March 24, 2017] — Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management for ABILITY® Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk on being one of the top agencies in the country.”

Linda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk, credits the combination of competent and dedicated employees, superior clinical oversight, and a strong management team with the agency’s ability to achieve recognition as one of the HomeCare Elite for the eleventh consecutive year. "I'm extremely proud of Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk's accomplishment which recognizes our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said Ms. Taylor.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.



VNSHS is in the news!

VNSHS will be featured on Island Outlook, a radio program broadcast on various stations across Long Island.

Host Christina Kay speaks to VNSHS RN's about VNSHS this Sunday, December 18 on the following stations:

  • KJOY 98.3 FM at 6:00 am
  • WALK 97.5 FM at 7:00 am
  • Max FM 103.1 at 7:00 am
  • The Shark 94.3 FM at 7:00 am
  • WHLI 1100 AM at 7:00 am

You can listen now via this link or tune in this Sunday. This link will also be available on each radio stations website.

2016 VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Winner

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is pleased to announce that Victoria McNeill has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award. Victoria is the eighth Northport High School graduate to receive this award.

She is attending the School of Nursing at Northeastern University in Boston.  Her goal is to attend graduate school and pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

Pictured with Victoria are her mom, VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor and John J. Lynch, President of the VNSHS Board of Trustees.




2015 VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Winner

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is pleased to announce that Daejin Jeong has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award. Daejin is the seventh Northport High School graduate to receive this award. He will be attending Farmingdale State College in the fall. His goal is to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

Pictured with Daejin are his mom, VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor (far right) and John J. Lynch, President of the VNSHS Board of Trustees.

Townwide Fund of Huntington presents grant to Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk

(pictured left to right) TWF of Huntington board member Alex Borg, TWF of Huntington Executive Director Trish Rongo, VNSHS Board President John Lynch and VNSHS Chief Executive Officer Linda Taylor.

[February 4, 2015] - The Townwide Fund of Huntington, a non-governmental agency that awards grants to bridge the gap between dwindling governmental support for local charities and the increasing needs of community residents, recently awarded Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk an $8000 grant which will be allocated to provide acupuncture for pain control and symptom management. “VNSHS is proud to be a longstanding member agency of the Townwide Fund of Huntington and we appreciate their long term commitment to the programs we provide. “We are so grateful for their generosity,” said Linda Taylor, Chief Executive Officer for VNSHS.


Northport Rotary’s Winter Soirée showcases “A Little Bit O’ Ireland”

Irish eyes will be smiling (as will everyone else)when the Rotary Club of Northport hosts its eighth annual Winter Soirée at the Northport Yacht Club on Saturday, March 14. Entertainment Chair Ann Stevens said that the club decided to go with the Irish theme that proved so popular last year as a festive prelude to St. Patrick’s Day.

This year’s “A Little Bit O’ Ireland” will feature the talents of Celtic recording artist Patrick O’Kane, who hails from Derry City, Ireland, and his band, Gael Force. In addition to vocals, O’Kane plays guitar and the bodhran, a traditional Celtic goatskin-covered frame drum. Gael Force’s signature sound is Irish Rock.

Vocalist/bassist Tony Steele has performed in Riverdance on Broadway. The group’s musical passion and energy has made them headliners at Irish festivals across the United States. Most recently they performed in concert with renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tyan in the Waldorf Astoria’s ballroom. Step dancers from the Mulvihill-Lynch Irish School of Dance will also perform.

The Finnegan Family-- Dan, Tsedey, Michael and Christian-- are being honored for their extraordinary generosity to the Ecumenical Lay Council Food Pantry, Ann Stevens indicated.

In addition to outstanding entertainment, guests will enjoy a lavish spread of international hors d’oeuvres, Irish specialties, and delicious desserts courtesy of Copenhagen Bakery. There will be a cash bar.

The evening runs from 7 to 11 pm. The Northport Yacht Club is located at 11 Bluff Point Road.

“Make reservations early,” said Ann Stevens who expects the event will sell out as it did last year. Tickets are $65 a person, and the proceeds benefit the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk. To reserve your place at the Winter Soirée, call Barbara Sorelle, VNSHS Special Event Planner at (631) 930-9310.

A Celebrity Taste of Long Island

Now in its 12th year, A Taste of Long Island will take center stage at the elegant Larkfield in East Northport in an exclusive culinary showcase that regularly attracts more than 400 attendees. This fabulous evening of premier entertainment has become such a success that VNSHS expects double that number in attendance this year! Join VNSHS, the East Northport Chamber of Commerce, and the East Northport Rotary Club on Thursday, April 23, 2015, from 6:30 to 10:00 pm, for this exciting event.

This year’s gala evening will honor Tim Dunne and his family. On June 20, 1997, Tim was injured while diving into a pool–an injury that has left him a quadriplegic since he was 18 years old. Tim, a beloved resident of Northport has remained active in Northport school sports, participating in coaching and team support through the years, along with his family. Tim and his parents recently moved upstate, where his siblings reside.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit VNSHS, the East Northport Chamber of Commerce, and the East Northport Rotary Club. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Brother Dawson Circle of Squires, which is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, a charity that is near and dear to Tim’s heart, and one, as honoree, he gets to personally choose.

Long Island restaurants will be putting their best dish forward to showcase their culinary and creative talents and will be recognized in the following categories: Most Creative Dish, Best Table Presentation, Tastiest Dish and People’s Choice. Award recognition will be decided by, 2013 Master Chef winner, Luca Manfe; Hell’s Kitchen contestant, Barret Beyer; Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen contestant, Rob Burmeister, from the LI; Anna and Michael; and Craig Multon, culinary competitor. Join the fun at the stunning Larkfield Manor for an event that is sure to entertain and satisfy the most discerning palates. To top off the evening, try your chances at the many raffles offering an array of great prizes, as well as a 50/50 chance!

Become a sponsor and have your company name listed in the evening program, as well as on a number of featured advertising items from event centerpieces, wine glasses, to company logo on cocktail napkins; and receive up to 9 event tickets, depending on your level of sponsorship.

Advertising space for the evening program is available as well. Simply RSVP by March 2 to benefit from ALL advertising opportunities, and to select the appropriate space that fits your needs. Choose from full-page cover, full-page, or half-page advertisements.

This event sells out quickly, so reserve your sponsorship and order tickets today! Reserve either online at or call the East Northport Chamber of Commerce at (631) 261-3573! Advance tickets are $75 per person, $85 at the door.

Come Celebrate the Hospice House’s 10th Birthday

by Elise Pearlman

The Hospice House, which boasts the distinction of being the first free-standing facility of its kind in New York State, marks its tenth anniversary in November.

Some of our greatest accomplishments begin simply and humbly with a dream, and the same can be said of the Hospice House.

The Hospice House was about three years in the making, Chief Executive Officer Linda Taylor recalled. At the Board of Trustees’ annual meeting in the spring of 2001, the seed was planted when the need for an in-patient unit was discussed. Jay Walsh, who had just assumed the Board’s presidency, became “a man with a mission,” Ms. Taylor remembered. And so a search for the right property, field trips to other facilities and eventually the need for architectural plans and approval by the Department of Health ensued.

Ms. Taylor said that VNSHS broke ground in April 2003 and marked the excitement installation of the roof of the Hospice House with a ‘tree topping’ ceremony at the construction site. Once completed the Hospice House was featured in the Architectural Showcase issue of “Healthcare Design” magazine.

“The Hospice House opened in November 2004,” Ms. Taylor said. “By our anniversary we will have welcomed close to 3,000 patients along with many more family members and friends.”

“To have built the Hospice House is perhaps our most visible accomplishment, and an example of how our size did not limit our ability to fill an identified need for something new, knowing it would be a challenge to finance,” Ms. Taylor indicated, adding that she witnessed with amazement the ongoing evolution of the East Northport facility that has become a beloved and respected community institution. Ms. Taylor encourages people to visit the welcoming place which brings comfort and peace to patients and families, and features eight bedrooms which convey the feeling of home.

The average patient stay is about a week and the facility serves the dual purposes of hospice care and respite for families. According to Ms. Taylor, what makes the Hospice House unique is its staff who excel in symptom and pain management, and are in tune with the individual needs of each patient and family. There are also well- trained and compassionate volunteers who can provide companionship when family members are not available.

“Everyone is here for the same goal, which is quality of life, and time with friends and family. We seek to have our patients enjoy simply ‘being,’” Ms. Taylor said. “The House provides the next best thing to being at home. There are no visiting hours and family can even stay overnight.”

Ms. Taylor is pleased to say that the vast majority of the patients who come to the Hospice House have been personally referred and she considers this the ultimate compliment to the quality of care provided, and confirmation of the Hospice House’s value in our community.

VNSHS will be commemorating the Hospice House’s tenth anniversary with a concert by one of music’s most exciting new stars, Jon Batiste and his band, Stay Human, at the John W. Engeman Theater.

An extraordinarily gifted and accomplished pianist who graduated from Juilliard, Batiste is a Movado Future Legend award recipient and recently received the prestigious honor of Best New Artist at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Born in New Orleans and a descendant of the Big Easy's musical 'royalty,' Batiste’s musical heritage was a source of inspiration for the HBO hit series, ‘Treme,’in which he also appeared. With his soulful voice, virtuosic piano chops, and dapper sense of style, Batiste transcends music genres with his modern take on American music, which he calls 'Social Music.” Guests will find that he re-invents jazz and blues in a way that is extraordinarily fresh, engaging and totally his own.

Ms. Taylor, who had the opportunity to see Batiste perform at Carnegie Hall and at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, says that his performance is not to be missed. “He has quite a following,” she said of the multi-talented musician who uses live music to lift people’s spirits and create a communal experience.

The concert takes place on Sunday, November 9 at the Engeman Theater, located at 250 Main Street, Northport Village. The concert begins at 3 pm. There will be a pre-concert reception with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres from 1 to 2:30 pm. Attendance at the pre-concert reception is limited to 125 guests and is $100 per ticket that includes prime concert seating.

Tickets are $50 for the concert only. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hospice House. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at (631) 261-2900 or online at

2014 VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Cathryn Spears, recent Northport HIgh School graduate and recipient of the 2014 VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award. Pictured with Cathryn are her mom Susan, and VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor (left) and John J. Lynch, President of the VNSHS Board of Trustees. Cathryn will be attending the School of Nursing at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT in the fall. Her goal is to become an Emergency Room RN.

Rotary raises $15,000 for Hopsice House in honor of Robert Krueger

by Elise Pearlman

On March 22, 2014, the Rotary Club of Northport held its 7th annual Winter Soirée, “A Little Bit o’Ireland,” in honor of Robert Krueger. There literally wasn’t an empty seat at the Northport Yacht Club—and at some points– not a dry eye in the house. Mr. Krueger passed away last fall at the age of 86 after completing his 55th consecutive season with the Northport Community Band Read more

2013 VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Winner

Pictured with John J. Lynch, President of the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Board of Trustees and VNSHS CEO Linda Taylor is Megan Riveiro, recent Northport High School graduate and recipient of the VNSHS Helen Strobl Memorial Scholarship Award. Megan will be attending Molloy College in the fall with a major in Nursing. Her goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk appoints Slate of Officers to Board of Trustees

June 12, 2013 -- Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (Northport, NY), a not-for-profit, community based home health care agency and hospice, is pleased to announce the appointment of John J. Lynch as President of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Lynch is retired from the Northport-East Northport School District as the Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services. In addition to Mr. Lynch’s appointment, the agency has appointed Patricia M. Matos-Puente, MD as 1st Vice President and Ronald J. Duswalt, CFP as 2nd Vice President. Dr. Matos-Puente is a board certified internist who runs a successful home visiting practice, Doctor in the House, and Mr. Duswalt is a Certified Financial Planner at Old Castle Financial Advisors in Uniondale, NY. Reappointed to the Board of Trustees are Peter Nolan as Secretary and Anthony F. Silva, CPA as Treasurer. Mr. Nolan is Funeral Director at Nolan & Taylor-Howe in Northport and Mr. Silva is Vice President of Finance at BWD Group, a provider of insurance products, risk management services and benefit programs.


How the Race was won: VNSHS's 13th Annual Run for the Health of it.

In May 2013, almost 200 runners from across Long Island refused to let the rainy weather dampen their spirits. Instead they took part in the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk’s 13th annual 5K race/walk, “Run for the Health of It.” The race, which benefits an annual children’s bereavement retreat, boasts the distinction of being part of the 2013 United States of America Track and Field Long Island Grand Prix Road Race Series. Read more

Chambers of Commerce, Visiting Nurse Service host Annual ‘Paws for a Cause’

Sunday, October 27, the Northport and East Northport chambers of commerce and the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk will host their third annual “Paws for a Cause” Halloween Charity Dog Walk and Contest.And the good news is that it is not too late for your canine cutie don a costume to take part in the festivities! more at Northport Daily News

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk (VNSHS) has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, VNSHS will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve. The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, VNSHS is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, VNSHS will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“All hospices are serving Veterans but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”

“VA shares a common goal with our nation’s hospices, and that is to provide the best possible care specifically tailored for Veterans, meeting their goals of care in their preferred setting. As we focus on working together and unite our services and skills, We Honor Veterans will channel our combined strengths directly to Veterans - wherever they are receiving care.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans please contact VNSHS at 631-261-7200.

“America’s Veterans have done everything asked of them in their mission to serve our country and we believe it is never too late to give them a hero’s welcome home. Now it is time that we step up, acquire the necessary skills and fulfill our mission




What Sets VNSHS Apart

We are a 2016 HomeCare Elite™ Top Agency.

The HomeCare Elite is a compilation of the most successful Medicare Certified home health care providers in the U.S.  It recognizes the top 25 percent of agencies excelling in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.

We are CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) accredited.

We have dual Medicare Certification for both Home Health Care and Hospice Care.

We maintain maximum staff continuity within a patient's treatment period and if a patient is re-admitted.

We provide home health aide care with our own employees hired directly.

We are a not-for-profit NYS charitable organization providing care regardless of ability to pay.


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