Our History and Mission

A History of Hospice and Home Care in NJ

VNA: The Leader in Community Health Care


For more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group has served vulnerable populations such as at-risk children, the elderly, those with disabling and chronic illness, and people facing the end of life.

A Long History of Caring for Others

Our organization began with a meeting of volunteers on June 24, 1912, at Brookdale Farm in Lincroft, NJ. The young agency set out to improve prison conditions and achieve a more humane approach to public assistance. By 1918, the agency adopted the name Monmouth County Organization for Social Service (MCOSS). Founded by fearless leader and pioneer, Geraldine Thompson, a close friend of Eleanor Roosevelt, MCOSS never wavered on its original mission, to help those in need during their most vulnerable times. 

Through the years, MCOSS brought training programs for student nurses, assisted Fitkin Hospital (now Jersey Shore Medical Center) in establishing a social services department, and during the war years, spearheaded medical-dental plans for veterans. MCOSS grew into Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in 1993, expanding its services outside of Monmouth County into Middlesex through the acquisition of the Visiting Nurse Association of Middlesex. Throughout the 1980s and 990s, VNA of Central Jersey founded its hospice program and therapy department and in 2008, VNA of Central Jersey joined with the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Services and partnered with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the first hospital joint-venture of its kind for VNACJ.

In 2011, VNA of Central Jersey, its affiliates and partners joined together as Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group and added, its most recent member VNA of Englewood. In 2016, VNA Health Group and RWJBarnabas Health formed a partnership to provide home health, hospice and private care services in Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, operating as Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice in Northern New Jersey and VNA of Central Jersey in Central and Southern New Jersey. Most recently, VNA Health Group continued its growth strategy and established a partnership with Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio, the first partnership across state lines.

Today, Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNAHG) is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit independent providers of home health, hospice and community-based care serving New Jersey and mid-central Ohio. VNA Health Group is also one of the only physician-led Visiting Nurse Association in the Country. For more than 100 years, VNA Health Group has assisted individuals and families in achieving their best level of well-being by providing compassionate, coordinated and innovative care in their homes and communities.


Our Mission Statement

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families achieve their best level of well-being by providing compassionate, coordinated, innovative care in their homes and communities.
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Awards, Accreditations and Associations

We partner with organizations who are driving innovation and quality to achieve patient-centered and cost-effective care.
To top it all off we are nationally recognized, accredited and Medicare-certified with the skills to provide you the highest quality of care.


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