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Finger Lakes Morning News December 2016 Appearance

Monday, December 12, 2016

Margaret Wiant and Jan Diduro talk about Bereavement Service during the holiday season.

Meals On Wheels Giving Holiday Gifts to Neediest Participants Delivered by Doyle Subaru

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Meals On Wheels gave 350 Warmest Wishes holiday gift bags to some of its neediest meal recipients. These bags contained toiletries, tissues, homemade placemats, and other practical items, and convey to Meals On Wheels participants that they are not forgotten during the holiday season. This delivery was also part of Subaru’s Share the Love Event. The Warmest Wishes gift bags are made possible by Meals On Wheels, Doyle Subaru, and generous donors. Subaru Share the Love Event Subaru’s Share the Love raises money for charities including Meals On Wheels America. As part of a national partnership, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice of participating charity – one of which is Meals On Wheels – for every new vehicle sold or leased now through January 3, 2017. Since the Share the Love Event began in 2008, Subaru and its participating retailers have donated more than 1.2 million meals, safety checks and friendly visits to seniors served by local Meals On Wheels programs across the country. Locally, the Meals On Wheels program in Monroe County received a total of $25,000 as a result of Subaru’s Share the Love Events in 2013 and 2014. For more information, visit

UR Medicine Home Care joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the ninth year running. From November 17, 2016 to January 3, 2017, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased to the customer's choice of participating charity. Participating Meals on Wheels America members, like Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, will receive a share of the revenue raised by Subaru in their state. Meals On Wheels, a program of UR Medicine Home Care has partnered with Doyle Subaru in Webster, NY to raise awareness for the popular year-end sales and giving event, and drive support for Meals on Wheels through Warmest Wishes, where gift bags are donated to our participants and Stuff the Subaru, an event where people in the community can donate pet food for our Meals On Wheels participants who have furry friends. “It is a true testament to the value of Meals on Wheels and the strength of our nationwide network that Subaru of America and its customers choose to give back to this vital service year after year,” said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. “Since its inception, Share the Love has helped deliver more than 1.4 million meals to seniors served by Meals on Wheels. It is our hope that this year’s event ensures that even more seniors receive the nourishment they need to continue living independently at home.” This year, for the first time throughout the life of the program, there will be no cap on the total donation from Subaru of America to its Share the Love charitable partners. By the end of this year's event, Subaru hopes to exceed a grand total of $90 million donated since the creation of Share the Love. "We at Subaru are thrilled to support our national and hometown charity partners for the ninth consecutive year," said Alan Bethke, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Subaru of America Inc. "Through the Share the Love platform we are proud to continue our commitment to the causes our customers care about most and look forward to exceeding a grand total of $90 million donated through this initiative."  By purchasing or leasing a new Subaru during the Event and selecting Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice, you can help deliver nutritious meals and other important services to seniors right here in Monroe County.  

Finger Lakes Morning News November 2016 Appearance

Monday, November 14, 2016

UR Medicine Home Care's Director of Public Relations Margaret Wiant talks about the success of the Winemakers Dinner for Ontario-Yates Hospice, and also details about November being National Home Care and Hospice Month.

Visiting Nurse Service Appoints Vice President of Finance

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Visiting Nurse Service, UR Medicine’s home care agency, recently appointed Gregory T. Hutton, MBA as Vice President of Finance. His responsibilities include directing the fiscal functions of the agency in accordance with generally accepted accounting and cost reimbursement principles relating to the home health care industry and keeping the agency’s strategic plan.

Hutton has a long history with the University of Rochester not only as an employee but also a graduate of the Simon School MBA program. Most recently he served as the program administrator for the University of Rochester Medical Center Perioperative Services. His responsibilities included oversight of the financial and business functions of 49 operating rooms at Strong Memorial Hospital, Sawgrass and Strong West, as well as charge and expense budgets aiming for cost reduction opportunities. “We are thrilled that Greg has joined the Visiting Nurse Service team,” said Jane Shukitis, President and CEO. “He came to us with exceptional experience and is uniquely qualified to support not our only home care strategy, but as an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center, our role within the larger health system. He is a high caliber professional and demonstrates excellent leadership and organizational skills.” Hutton, who lives in Fairport, started his career as a respiratory therapist and later migrated toward finance and health care administration. Visiting Nurse Service is UR Medicine’s not-for-profit home health care agency. Medicare-certified and licensed by the State of New York, it conducts more than 400,000 visits to 13,000 patients annually. It serves patients in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming, Seneca and Yates counties, and is one of the largest full-service home health providers in the nation. Services include nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, assistance with daily activities (home health aide services), Meals On Wheels, Hospice (in homes and facilities ), Nurse-Family Partnership, Health Home care management, and Telehealth. For more information, call 800-724-5727 .

VNS and FLVNS Rank in Top 25 Percent of Home Care Agencies Nationwide

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Visiting Nurse Service and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, UR Medicine’s certified home care agencies, announced today that they were named to the 2015 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its tenth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies. Out of 9,718 agencies considered, 2,431 are elite.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. “The 2015 HomeCare Elite winners deserve credit for demonstrating high-quality care in their communities. As quality care initiatives become top-of-mind for healthcare providers, we recognize this as a remarkable achievement and are pleased to make this our 10th year of acknowledgement for top performing home health organizations,” said Christine Lang, VP of Product Development for OCS HomeCare. “We congratulate Visiting Nurse Service and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service on being among the top home care agencies in the country.” The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health and hospice metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent publication in the home care profession, Home Health Line. Jane Shukitis, Visiting Nurse Service’s and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service’s President and CEO, credits employees’ dedication and compassion with the agencies’ ability to achieve recognition in the HomeCare Elite. "Our staff truly cares about patients and their families. They go the extra mile to make those in our care safe at home. Our staff don’t just see it as a job; it’s their passion,” she said. “As CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) ramps up its nationwide initiatives to reward home care agencies for the quality of care they provide, this is yet another way to acknowledge those agencies that have demonstrated their commitment to improving patient care at lower costs,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth. “The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management leads to success.”

About Visiting Nurse Service and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service

Visiting Nurse Service and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service are UR Medicine’s not-for-profit home health care agencies. Medicare-certified and licensed by the State of New York, they conduct more than 400,000 visits to 13,000 patients annually. Services include nursing, physical, occupational and speech therapies, assistance with daily activities (home health aide services), Meals On Wheels, Hospice (in homes and facilities), Nurse-Family Partnership, Health Home care management, and Telehealth. Visiting Nurse Service is a member of the Home Care Association of New York State, Inc. and the National Association for Home Care. Visiting Nurse Hospice is a member of the New York State Hospice and Palliative Care Association and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Association. For more information, call (585) 787-2233.

About National Research Corporation

For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 1-888-325-3396, write to

About DecisionHealth®

For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C1 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit