Visiting Nurse Agencies (VNAs)
were established more than 120 years ago. Because there were few hospitals to
care for the seriously ill, the need for homecare nursing was critical.
Families cared for their loved ones, neighbors and friends as best they could
but credited the kindness, compassion and skill of nurses who came to their
home as providing a lifesaving difference.
The hospice movement is both
ancient and modern. Beginning as a form of comfort for travelers, hospice has
been adapted as a philosophy of care, to ease the journey from life to death.
Hospice was started in the United States in 1974 in Connecticut. Hospice became
a Medicare hospice benefit in 1982.
Hospice is a specialized form of
health care and is not a place. Hospice staff goes to the patient's home,
wherever it may be. Its goal is to improve the quality of life that remains by
focusing on providing palliative care for the patient and the family rather
than attempting to cure the disease. Hospice care provides a special team
approach to support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people who
are in the last six months of life and are no longer receiving curative
treatment. Today, as then, nurses who visit patients in their homes have become
an important part of the healing process. Escalating medical costs and
shortened hospital stays have brought new demand for the services of visiting
provides a wide array of programs and services to the community in many
different settings. Our dedicated staff of professionals and volunteers works
with patients and families in their homes, nursing homes, assisted and
independent living facilities and hospitals.
VNA-TIP was formed
when Alton's (IL) VNA, established in 1917,
acquired the VNA of Illinois in 1999 and
TIP Healthcare of Southern Illinois in 2001
expanding our footprint to include 57 counties in Southern Illinois as well as
adding the VNA of Illinois Hospice program
to our wide array of services. Our Missouri program opened in 1997 and now
provides services to 17 counties in Eastern Missouri through four branch
locations. VNA-TIP with over 30 branches
now ranks as the largest independent home care provider in the southern
Illinois and eastern Missouri region. All of these branches were the result of
acquisitions funded with internally generated cash leaving the company in a
100% debt free position. With such unusual leverage, the company has the
extraordinary capacity to acquire an eight (8) figure acquisition opportunity
or pursue a sizable merger opportunity.
VNA-TIP is the bi-state's only Visiting Nurse Association that is no longer
dependent on charitable support of any kind. VNA-TIP chose to become totally self-sufficient in
1997 by transferring itself to a for-profit model. This has enabled us to
attract the very best clinicians and provide the highest and most advanced
levels of patient care on a consistent basis. It has also allowed the company
to grow into the area's largest VNA, making
more home care visits and providing a more complete choice of patient care
services than any other VNA in the bi-state
area. All nurses and caregivers at VNA-TIP
are bonded, insured, tested, and certified.
As a compassionate,
comprehensive community hospice and palliative care organization, TIP Hospice is committed to nurturing hope and
healing when lives are touched by the transitions that family illness, care
giving and loss can bring.
VNA-TIP has developed an integrated Quality
Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) Team to blend together the efforts of
both our Homecare and Hospice. Our overall
goal? Create the most dynamic and compassionate healthcare system in
the nation. How? Lead with Quality; earn
your trust with Performance above all others. The benefits of an integrated
QAPI Team are endless. It means cutting edge training and development,
professional growth, and a team of highly specialized individuals. QAPI means
assuring regulations are met and developing practices that go beyond your
expectation and travel to top of the line care, without exception. All QAPI
efforts equal Health Care the way you want it, the way you deserve it!
Our Mission is to extend and
enhance human life by preserving and upholding the traditional VNA standards of
excellence, quality, and integrity. To fulfill this mission, we recognize the
need to invest in leading edge technologies and recruit and retain the very
best available clinicians. We also provide continuous education for our staff
and maintain stringent quality assurance controls. Our main objective remains
to build a lasting reputation for total patient/client and physician
Management is headed
by Mr. Gary F. Liebscher who received a BS in Chemistry and MBA from the
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he held a National Science
Foundation Research Fellowship and served as a teaching assistant. Mr.
Liebscher is supported by a highly seasoned and experienced executive team of
clinical and administrative specialists, many with advanced degrees, whose
combined experience exceeds 100 years.
By all measures, VNA-TIP has ranked as the bi-state's No.1 Visiting
Nurses Association, providing a complete one-stop patient care concept with
over 30 branch offices.
referrals call: 800.642. 6099