Visiting Nurse Service of New York Appoints New CEO

Nonprofit home care organization Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has announced the appointment of its new president and CEO.

Former president of New Jersey-based health care consulting company Continuum Health Alliance, Christopher Olivia, has accepted the position as the new president and CEO of the VNSNY, Board Chairman John Rafferty announced in a press release Monday.

Continuum Health Alliance offers health care providers with consulting services that focus on population health, practice management and continuum network development and chronic care management.


The VNSNY provides home care services to five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. The organization serves approximately 33,000 patients per day and also provides hospice and palliative care services.

Olivia comes to the VNSNY with over 25 years of experience in the health care industry as a physician and industry executive. Prior to serving as president of Continuum Care Alliance, he was president and then CEO at Cooper Health System, based in New Jersey, from 2000 to 2008.

During the financial recession of 2008, Olivia served as president and CEO of academic medical center West Penn Allegheny Health System, located in western Pennsylvania. He also helped turn the company around for its merger with health care company Highmark in 2013.


“Over the course of his career, Chris has worked in virtually every aspect of health care, while also finding occasions to teach, mentor and serve as a faculty member in his speciality of ophthalmology,” the press release said. “In coming to VNSNY, he brings a commitment to giving back to the community and a deep interest in developing innovative methods of care delivery.”

Olivia will begin his new role on January 1, 2017.

Recent years though have brought some difficulties to the VNSNY including massive layoffs in 2014 and a pending lawsuit brought by a former executive of the organization in September.

Written by Alana Stramowski

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