VNA of Rhode Is­land to shut down

Woonsocket Call - - Region / Obituaries -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — One of Rhode Is­land's old­est home care and hospice providers is shut­ting down be­cause of fi­nan­cial problems.

The Vis­it­ing Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion of Rhode Is­land was founded in 1900, and an­nounced Wed­nes­day it will close by the end of the year. The War­wick-based agency hasn't dis­closed de­tails of its fi­nan­cial problems.

The VNA has about 80 em­ploy­ees and serves about 250 pa­tients, who will be trans­ferred to the Vis­it­ing Nurse Home and Hospice in Portsmouth.

State Depart­ment of Health spokesman Joseph Wen­delken says the depart­ment will help over­see the tran­si­tion process.

The an­nounce­ment fol­lows the Au­gust shut­down of Home­front Health Care, which served more than 450 home­bound Rhode Is­land res­i­dents.

Demo­cratic state Rep. Pa­tri­cia Serpa says law­mak­ers need to take ac­tion to help keep home care ser­vices run­ning.

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