“The mission of The Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Philadelphia, through its dedicated staff, is to provide comprehensive home health, palliative, and end of life care of the highest quality to all people, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Historic Care… Now in our 3rd Century

 VNA Philadelphia was founded in 1886, by Helen Carnan Jenks, as the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia (VNS). She learned about England’s district nurses service from a friend and wondered if such a service could be started in Philadelphia.

In 1886, VNA Philadelphia enlisted the assistance of physicians who gave the fledgling organization needed credibility within the medical community. By the end of the first year, The VNS served over 300 patients.

The visiting nurses brought quality health care, provided maternity care, hygienic instruction and preventative education. In the decades to follow, the VNS grew to be a critically important component of health care in Philadelphia. Epidemics of influenza, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and America’s entry into World War I sorely taxed the city’s health care system. In each instance, the VNS worked to meet Philadelphia’s health care needs by providing prevention, treatment and education.

Today, operating as VNA Philadelphia, we deliver care to a wide range of patients in both the city and neighboring suburbs, by providing comprehensive home health and hospice care.

VNA Philadelphia continues to thrive by carrying on its philanthropic support of VNA patient care and providing for staff education.


For more information, contact us at 215-473-7600 or help@vnaphilly.org.