On Thursday, January 31st, 2019 UR Medicine Home Care celebrated their roots by kicking off their 100th anniversary of their former name, Visiting Nurse Service. The event was held at the Flaum Atrium and included members of UR Medicine Home Care, representatives from URMC and elected public officials. Some of those public officials included Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and New York State Senator Joseph Robach.
The program was led by UR Medicine Home Care’s President and CEO, Jane Shukitis, as she gave a brief history about the organization. Jane said, “It was wonderful to welcome so many people from our board, staff, URMC colleagues and elected officials to join us to celebrate the kick-off of our 100-year anniversary. We have a lot to celebrate as we reflect with pride on 100 years of caring. We are proud of our legacy name of Visiting Nurse Service and its great history as a premier home care agency in our community”.
Visiting Nurse Service began as the Public Health Nursing Association as a result of the flu epidemic in 1918. PHNA was officially created in 1919, later changing the name to Visiting Nurse Service in 1940. Over the past 100 years, Visiting Nurse Service, now UR Medicine Home Care, services have grown beyond nursing. Currently, they offer skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health aide care, palliative care, assistive technology, telehealth, hospice, bereavement, Meals On Wheels and much more.
The agency has grown beyond just the programs as well. In the 2010’s Visiting Nurse Service affiliated with Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service expanding coverage from one county to seven. The agency rebranded becoming UR Medicine Home Care, creating closer direct ties to URMC and working in better partnership with the URMC system.