Visiting Nurse Association Health Group Announces New Executive Appointment to Focus on Innovation and Patient Experience

RED BANK, NJ --(Marketwired - March 30, 2016) - Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group today announced that Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, a New York City hospital executive accomplished in streamlining operations, improving patient experience and advancing quality outcomes, has joined VNA Health Group in a newly created position, as chief operating officer, VNA institutes and services, reporting to president and CEO, Steven Landers, MD, MPH.

In this role, Buccellato has oversight of the strategic direction, expansion and operation of VNA Health Group's three new programmatic institutes, private care services, IT support and analytics, maintenance and facilities among other teams. Buccellato is also directing initiatives across the agency to enhance quality patient experience for the more than 120,000 individuals it cares for each year by more than 2,000 employees.

"I am proud that Vito has joined our team," said Dr. Landers. "His extensive background in overseeing operations of large health systems and his accomplishments in boosting patient experience and care outcomes are in alignment with VNA Health Group's strategic plan. Vito will also be responsible for driving innovation and quality patient care across our home health, hospice and community-based care services and public health initiatives."

"I am truly honored to join VNA Health Group in this newly created position to advance its state-of-the-art institutes and initiatives that are providing high quality care in homes and communities," said Buccellato. "Patient and family experience throughout the care continuum has always been important to me. I look forward to stepping more fully into the post-acute care arena to focus on helping patients maintain their highest quality of life and take full advantage of the exceptional healthcare services available to them when they step out of the hospital."

Buccellato previously was chief operating officer at Coney Island Hospital where he oversaw daily operations and service delivery for the 371-bed facility. Prior to Coney Island Hospital, Buccellato served in a dual role as executive vice president for long term care, assisted living and adult day care and vice president for clinical services at Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center and the Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehab. There he oversaw operations for post-acute care services such as long-term care, assisted living and adult day care. He also directed operations of the 525-bed facility including the level 1 trauma center, level 3 NICU and an emergency department that had more than 100,000 visits annually. Buccellato recently published an article in the peer-reviewed Journal of Hospital Administration (2016) and has served as vice-chairman of the board of directors of Medysis Employees Federal Credit Union and as a board of director of Neighborhood Health Providers.

In 2015, VNA Health Group launched its "2020 Vision Campaign" to support the development of three programmatic institutes: Children and Family health Institute, Connected Health Institute and Advanced Care Institute. The institutes are positioning VNA Health Group as a leading innovator in enhanced care and services for patients and community members in New Jersey and across the nation.

VNA Health Group is the largest not-for-profit provider of home health, palliative and hospice care in New Jersey. In addition to its joint-venture partnerships with some of states largest health systems, VNA Health Group collaborates with leading hospitals on a number of care coordination and bundled care joint-replacement initiatives.

About VNA Health Group

Founded in 1912, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group is New Jersey's largest and the nation's second largest not-for-profit visiting nurse association. Each year we help more than 120,000 individuals and families -- with a special focus on vulnerable populations -- achieve their best level of health and well-being by providing home health, hospice, palliative and community-based care and private-pay personal care. A full range of primary-care and dental services are available through VNACJ Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and "house call" visiting physician services for individuals with limited mobility. Our joint-venture partnerships with health systems leverage clinical and technical resources to operate Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, VNA of Englewood and VNA Health Group of New Jersey (Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice, VNA of Central Jersey Home Care and Hospice). Our Children and Family Health Institute increases visibility and access to our range of programs and services for children and families ensuring there is no wrong front door for those in need. Our Advanced Care Institute promotes palliative care and home-based primary care to facilitate the highest quality of life for individuals facing late stages of chronic illness. Our Connected Health Institute drives innovation in the development of digital and mobile technology to link patients, caregivers and clinicians. For more information about VNA Health Group call 800.862.3330, visit and follow us on Twitter at


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