Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut
765 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport CT 06604-3702
Contact Information
Address 765 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06604-3702
Telephone (203) 366-3821 x1098
Fax 203-334-0543
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Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, Inc., (VNS) a nonprofit health care provider, finds its mission in the provision of quality home health and hospice services to individuals, families and the communities it serves. VNS is committed to the development of a partnership with the patient in the delivery of comprehensive, compassionate care. Our competent and caring staff are guided by: A respect for the dignity and value of life. Patient centered satisfaction.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1934
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Mr. William F. Sullivan Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Robert V. Rodia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, Inc., (VNS) a nonprofit health care provider, finds its mission in the provision of quality home health and hospice services to individuals, families and the communities it serves. VNS is committed to the development of a partnership with the patient in the delivery of comprehensive, compassionate care. Our competent and caring staff are guided by: A respect for the dignity and value of life. Patient centered satisfaction.
Background Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS) opened its doors as the nonprofit Bridgeport Visiting Nurse Association in 1909. Our nurses traveled the City of Bridgeport on bicycle treating residents who had become victims of a recent tuberculosis outbreak. Over the years, our agency has grown as the result of requests from other home care providers facing financial struggles to take over their operations in Fairfield, Norwalk, Trumbull, Oxford/Southbury and Torrington. Today, we are one of Connecticut’s largest and most innovative home health providers servicing approximately 8,000 patients annually living in Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield counties with a staff of over 400, most of whom are clinical providers. We are a full service agency, providing skilled nursing; occupational, speech and physical therapies; psychiatric nursing, social work, home health aide, certified wound care, chronic disease management and home health telemonitoring. VNS was one of the nation’s first Medicare-certified hospice providers and we have expanded our efforts in that area to include palliative care. Our commitment to excellence is unparalleled and we are proud of the fact that in 2014, VNS was again named a HomeCare Elite provider by an independent entity that rates home care providers in the U.S. based on their clinical quality and outcomes in treating Medicare patients. The designation recognizes those who rate in the top 25% of all national home health providers. 

Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut (VNS) is a not-for-profit provider of home healthcare services. We provide a comprehensive range of services to meet patient needs including: skilled nursing; occupational, physical and speech therapy; palliative and hospice care; and home health aides. In addition, our clinical staff includes advanced credentialed nurses with specialized training to address complex patient needs. 

Annually, VNS provides advanced home healthcare for 8,000 patients a year in 54 communities throughout Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties. A distinguishing characteristic of VNS is our commitment to provide care as needed.  Accordingly the VNS share of visits provide for Medicaid enrollees is among the highest in Connecticut.
Our organization objectives include:  to assist patients in attaining their optimal health outcomes; to provide dignified and compassionate care for the terminally ill; and to provide  access to vital home healthcare services for uninsured and underinsured patients who may not have other accessible care options.

Results for the most recent year indicate that we are achieving organizational objectives and assisting patients to achieve their highest attainable health outcome.

VNS has earned repeat designation as a 2014 National HomeCare Elite Agency, an industry designation based on performance, which places VNS at the top tier of all U.S. home health providers.

The most recent CMS Patient Experience of Care survey (2014) reports that VNS exceeds Connecticut averages on each of the five surveyed topics.

The most recent CMS Quality Measures report shows that VNS outcomes meets or exceeds state averages on 14 of the selected 22 indicators.

VNS patient outcomes and CMS survey results are publicly accessible at

  1. VNS provides approximately $4 million in subsidized unreimbursed care for 1,800 unique patients (FY 2014). The subsidy is required as reimbursement rates for income qualified Medicaid enrollees are approximately 40 percent below the reasonable costs of providing care. These costs are reflected in VNS’ annual operating budget and funding requests for general operating support, particularly for medically underserved populations. 
  2. VNS’ services include medical social workers who are often instrumental in assisting in-need patients and family caregivers with access to community resources to support their recovery and care. Services provided by VNS’ medical social workers are generally not reimbursable and are an incurred cost to support our medically underserved patient population.
  3. VNS provides compassionate home-based palliative and hospice care for financially in-need patients and families. These services are supported by community fundraising events.
  4. In providing patient care, VNS’ clinical staff uses advance medical equipment and integrated IT/software decision support systems. Our ability to replace and upgrade equipment as needed to provide optimal care is a function of operating results. We would welcome community support to offset agency costs for medical equipment and supplies.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Health Care / Home Health Care
Areas Served
East Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
New Haven
North Haven
West Haven
VNS is a preferred referral partner for leading regional hospitals and physician practices and provides comprehensive home health services in 54 communities throughout Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties with a combined population of 1.4 million. Based on annual patient census, VNS is the largest provider of home health services in Fairfield and Litchfield counties and provides services in federally designated medically underserved census districts in both counties.

The MUP at VNS reaches out to the poor and elderly who are among the most vulnerable and dependent members of our community and provides a comprehensive array of the highest quality home medical services to responsibly and effectively address their medical and care-related needs. These services, provided by credentialed and trained staff, include skilled nursing, physical and speech therapy, occupational therapy, and medical social work assistance. Our services and programs address acute and chronic care patients and we serve the needs of the terminally ill with end of life palliative and hospice care. Annually, VNS provides $4 million in community subsidized care for 1,800 patients though our medically underserved program.

Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / At-Risk Populations /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description To ensure patients achieve their optimal health outcomes, VNS' services include medical social workers who assess and work to mitigate non-medical barriers or constraints which may impact recovery and patient care. In many instance the VNS medical social worker will work with the patient and the caregivers to access available community resources. As many of our patients are among the most vulnerable cohorts (financially in-need, elderly, often living by themselves with weak family supports and with prior experience of healthcare disparities, the intervention of a licensed medical social worker can make a significant difference. Home visits by medical social workers are generally an unreasonable expense incurred by VNS supported by our community fundraising. 
Population Served / /

As needed, VNS provides compassionate home based palliative and hospice care for uninsured financially in-need patients. These services are supported by community fundraising efforts.

Population Served / /

Home-based telemonitoring has demonstrable impacts improving individual and community health outcomes with lower overall community health costs. VNS’ Bridgeport Telehealth Collaborative provides patients who would not otherwise have access to services with clinically managed telemonitoring and supportive home visits. VNS is committed to expanding telemonitoring services which support patient independence and lower the incidence of acute or institutionalized care. We would welcome collaborative opportunities in the communities we serve and community funding to support expansion.

Population Served / /
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. William F. Sullivan Jr.
Term Start Aug 1979
Experience William F. Sullivan, Jr. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut, Inc.  Mr. Sullivan has 30 plus years of progressive, visionary, and successful administrative and leadership experience at VNS.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Accounting, and a Masters of Business Administration.  He is the past Chairman of the Board of the Connecticut Association of Home Care & Hospice, and continues to serve on the Board.  He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Home Care 100, the Bridgeport Regional Business Council, and has served on numerous State and National Task Forces studying non-institutional health care.
Number of Full Time Staff 207
Number of Part Time Staff 217
Number of Volunteers 67
Number of Contract Staff 52
Staff Retention Rate 97%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 49
Asian American/Pacific Islander 5
Caucasian 341
Hispanic/Latino 29
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 41
Female 383
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Executive Vice President, Administrator

· Jeanne Bodyk, MSN, RN is the Executive Vice President/Administrator of Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut. A graduate of St Anselm College, Ms. Bodyk has more than twenty years of progressive management experience in the home health industry. She is a member of the Policy Committee of the Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home and has served as a past member of the Government Relations Committee. She serves on the Quality Assurance Committee for several Assisted Living Communities.

Title Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

F. Edward Nicolas, Jr. is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut and also serves as its Privacy Officer. Mr. Nicolas has more than 20 years experience in home healthcare. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Master of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of New Haven. He is a member of the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) Home Health Financial Managers Association Workgroup (HHFMA) and has been a presenter at various conferences and meetings including: NAHC Annual Meetings and Financial Managers Conferences and the New England Foundation for Home Health. Mr. Nicolas is a licensed CPA in the State of Connecticut.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually

Bridgeport Telehealth Collaborative - Collaboration between Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Fairfield County Community Foundation and VNS of Connecticut to provide in-home telemonitoring services and supportive clinical and non-clinical home visits for targeted at-risk patients primarily in Bridgeport.

HomeCare EliteNational Research Corporation and DecisionHealth2014
Board Chair
Mr. Robert V. Rodia
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
Ms. Janet Brogan Community Volunteer
Ms. Dale Danowski St. Vincent's Medical Center
Mr. George Estrada University of Bridgeport
Mr. Matthew G. Fair Pierson & Smith, Inc. a division of First Niagara Risk Management
Mr. M. James Geraghty Community Volunteer
Dr. Pamela B. Hoffman Geriatric Professional Group JHE
Dr. Michael E. Ivy Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health Systems
Attorney Karen A. Jeffers Jeffers Cowherd PC
Mr. Victor Liss Community Volunteer
Mr. Paul E. Mayer Altana
Attorney Barbara S. Miller Brody Wilkinson P.C.
Mr. William E. Newbauer Jr.Hubbell Electric Heater Co.
Ms. Jane-ellen Porter People's Securities, Inc.
Dr. James P. Roach Community Volunteer
Ms. Carolyn Salsgiver Kobsa Bridgeport Hospital/Yale New Haven Health Systems
Mr. William F. Sullivan Jr.Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut
Mr. Allan F. Tibbitts Retired
Attorney John Varrone Varrne & Varrone
Mr. James G. Woods Venman & Co. LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Risk Management Provisions
Risk Management Provisions
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Paul E. Mayer
Company Affiliation Altana
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2016
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Program / Program Planning
Human Resources / Personnel
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $32,585,665.00
Projected Expenses $33,339,025.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
CMS Home Health Quality Measures2013View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$31,833,787$29,051,820$30,472,631
Total Expenses$31,875,443$32,117,221$32,566,817
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$42,510$0$62,316
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$569,794$438,081$204,813
Membership Dues------
Special Events$98,912$111,794$92,601
Revenue In-Kind------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$27,502,598$27,798,232$28,119,561
Administration Expense$4,170,372$4,144,333$4,278,959
Fundraising Expense$202,473$174,656$168,297
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.900.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue79%64%57%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$14,028,180$13,244,577$11,763,620
Current Assets$7,134,435$5,408,086$4,686,373
Long-Term Liabilities$7,656,894$7,418,286$4,120,642
Current Liabilities$6,366,377$5,959,129$5,685,733
Total Net Assets$4,909($132,838)$1,957,245
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.120.910.82
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets55%56%35%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organiz

Address 765 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 066043702
Primary Phone 203 366-3821 1098
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CEO/Executive Director Mr. William F. Sullivan Jr.
Board Chair Mr. Robert V. Rodia
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired


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