Visiting Nurse Association Health Group and Cleveland Clinic Florida announced Tuesday that the two organizations are teaming up for a new joint venture. The New JV — yet another example of health care’s ongoing shift away from institutions — will offer expanded home health care services for residents in Broward County, Florida.
The new affiliation will be called Cleveland Clinic Florida Visiting Nurses.
While both organizations are co-owners of Cleveland Clinic Florida Visiting Nurses, VNA Health Group is the manager of the joint venture and will provide all of the business and oversight services.
“We are starting small, this is more or less starting from scratch,” Dr. Steven Landers, president and CEO of VNA Health Group, told Home Health Care News. “Our goal is to serve all of the patients and families in contact with Cleveland Clinic Florida that need skilled nursing and home rehab services.”
VNA Health Group is a nonprofit home care, hospice and public health organization that employs more than 2,500 staff members across New Jersey and Ohio, where it operates through an affiliate.
Weston, Florida-based Cleveland Clinic Florida is a division of Cleveland Clinic, an Ohio-based not-for-profit, multispecialty academic medical center.
Under the new joint venture partnership, the program will provide home health assistance, as well as skilled nursing services, rehabilitation therapy, social work services, joint replacement follow-up care, wound care, ostomy care and medication management.
“Our goal is really to support the growth and evolution of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s clinical services by providing a high-quality responsive home health option,” Landers said. “This is a Medicare-certified home health agency, and private-duty services are also part of the agency.”
With partnerships with Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice, and Englewood Health — this is far from VNA Health Group’s first partnership. The JV with Cleveland Clinic Florida, however, is the organizations first expansion into southeast Florida.
“We grew successfully to different regions of New Jersey and found that we could be successful in new geographies, working with new partners,” Landers said. “In 2017, we had our first growth opportunity outside of New Jersey, and this is the next new state that we are able to launch and provide services in. We are excited, and this represents our continued new growth and maturation as an organization.”
VNA Health Group’s new JV continues the momentum the organization built up at the start of 2019.
In February, VNA Health Group announced it had landed a $2.5 million grant from the Parker Foundation to support its Advanced Care Institute — and the home-based palliative and primary care offerings it provides.
Landers expects the momentum to only grow moving forward, especially when it comes to home-based care.
“As a physician and as somebody who has worked a lot in the hospital world, in addition to the [home health] world, [the new JV] consistent with all of the trends in Medicare and the health care industry as a whole,” he said. “Care in the home has to be a team sport for it to be successful. This is about being part of that orchestra that helps people have successful health outcomes. [Home health] has an essential role to play and it needs to be done in concert with hospitals and physicians.”