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ChristianaCare Visiting Nurse Association Changes Name to ChristianaCare HomeHealth

Newly named to reflect its comprehensive services, ChristianaCare HomeHealth delivers the highest quality health care to Delawareans where they want to be – in their homes.

ChristianaCare today announced that its Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) has a new vision and a new name: ChristianaCare HomeHealth.

This change reflects the health needs and goals of Delawareans who wish to remain independent at home after hospitalization, during chronic illness and as they age.

Older adults increasingly prefer health care at home, according to research from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The need for home health care is expected to increase as the U.S. Census projects the number of adults age 65 or older will outpace the number of children by 2030.

“Nationwide, we’re entering a new day in home-based health care, and ChristianaCare HomeHealth provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” said Ric Cuming, Ed.D., RN, chief nurse executive and interim president, ChristianaCare HomeHealth. “ChristianaCare HomeHealth is grounded in a long history of providing exceptional care to Delawareans with love and excellence.”

Starting as the VNA in 1922, ChristianaCare HomeHealth today has more than 600 home-based caregivers making nearly 300,000 home visits annually, supported by office-based teams. With more than 8,000 patients, ChristianaCare HomeHealth is the highest-volume home health agency in Delaware and among the top 1% in volume in the U.S.

In addition to nationally recognized skilled nursing care, ChristianaCare HomeHealth provides after-hospital care, rehabilitation, pain management, infusion therapy, home health aide support, medical social work and medication management for patients of all ages.

ChristianaCare HomeHealth provides Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care in-home and through the Evergreen Center, Delaware’s only dedicated adult day program for patients with Alzheimer’s, located in Wilmington.

“We care for each according to their need, and we are centered on meeting the needs of our community,” Cuming said. “With the full array of exceptional, innovative services of ChristianaCare available to our patients and their loved ones, we are committed to go beyond delivering great health care to make a true impact on health.”

The new name was generated through an extensive research effort that included engagement with patients, staff and other members of the community. The research showed that the ChristianaCare brand is well-known and highly respected in the community and that the term “home health” would better represent the full range of services and diverse expertise offered in the home.

“As ChristianaCare HomeHealth, our new name is an umbrella for all that we offer to our patients and their loved ones to bring them the healing power of home,” Cuming said.

ChristianaCare HomeHealth’s personalized, evidence-based care allows people to stay at home, where they want to be.

“Home health care can prevent some hospitalizations with therapies, monitoring and other clinical services right at home,” said Ann Painter, MSN, RN, senior vice president, ChristianaCare HomeHealth & Community Services.

Home health care also reduces costs of care and decreases the likelihood of hospital readmission by as much as 25% compared with patients with serious conditions such as heart attack or pneumonia who do not receive care at home after leaving the hospital.

“People feel better when they are in their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones, their own belongings and in their own living space,” Painter said.

“ChristianaCare HomeHealth supports physical health and well-being, with comfort and dignity for patients and their families. In health care, this is one of the greatest services we can offer.”

ChristianaCare HomeHealth is part of ChristianaCare’s nationally acclaimed health system, which is recognized with Magnet® designation for excellence in nursing. ChristianaCare HomeHealth is a member of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.