Visiting Nurses and Home & Hospice to merge
According to a press release from the two health care groups, the affiliation will be complete by the fall. At that point, Home and Hospice and Visiting Nurse Service will announce the name of the new organization.
Cristie Hanaway, Chair of the Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island Board of Directors, says the choice came about because of the changes in the country’s health care system.
When we took a look at the changing nature of today’s health care world, we both came to the same conclusion – that now is the ideal time to bring together the complementary work of each of our organizations… This partnership will strengthen our financial base and allow us to grow, to thrive and to meet the needs of our patients in the best possible way.
According to the release, the merger requires approval from the Rhode Island Department of Health.
It’s unclear what that process entails. Health officials are checking on that for me. DOH says the affiliation is subject to the Change in Effective Control (CEC) regulation.
As for more information on the merger, the CEOs of Home and Hospice and Visiting Nurse Service weren’t available for an interview today. I’m interviewing them tomorrow morning.