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Mission Statement

The mission of the Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties, a not-for-profit, independent home healthcare and hospice agency, is to provide optimal health and quality of life for individuals and families throughout Newport and Bristol Counties.

Caring for our friends and neighbors since 1950……

Visiting Nurse Services of Newport and Bristol Counties is an independent, non-profit home health agency that cares for people of all ages, from mothers and newborns to seniors with chronic illnesses to patients with terminal illnesses at end of life. We are not a division of any larger health care organization; the VNS of Newport and Bristol Counties is your independent, local VNS that brings quality health care to patients and families at home and in community settings.

We have more than 200 employees including nurses, physical / occupational / speech-language therapists, medical social workers, registered dietitians, certified nursing assistants, and homemakers who know your physicians, pharmacies and community resources.

We provide quality health care and education to all individuals regardless of their ability to pay. And we advocate for public policies that support healthy communities.

Our History

On February 9, 1950, Rita Kane, Patrick O’Neill-Hayes, Dean Lewis, Ann Leys and Helen McLeish filed paperwork to form Newport Public Health Nursing Association, Inc. Nurses and staff traveled throughout Newport making home visits, holding flu clinics and well-baby clinics.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
National Hospice Organization
The Joint Commission
CareLink of Rhode Island

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