Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice

The “Chocolate Brunch Culinary Cookoff” will be Sunday, March 31 from 11-2 at the Hotel Viking.  Chefs from around the state will create savory dishes with a chocolate twist and vie for your vote as “Top Chef”!  Grab yourself a mimosa, taste the competing chef’s samples, shop at the silent auction, sit down to a full seated brunch and listen to the “celebrity” judges panels, with judges like Eli from Eli’s Kitchen talk about what they liked and didn’t like.  This is a great way to spend a March Sunday with good eating, drinking, and gifts/prizes…all while supporting Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice.  Buy tickets here.


Chocolate Brunch Culinary Cook-Off is March 31st

A new bereavement support group will be held on 6 Thursdays starting February 28 through April 4 from 10:30-noon at the Portsmouth office, 1184 East Main Road.  The program addresses a variety of topics designed to help, heal and support those who have lost a loved one.  Free and open to the public.  To register call Mary Holland at (401) 682-2100 x 1613 or email

New February/March Bereavement Support Group

The Newport Daily News ran this photo on the front page on January 5th and asked the public who could identify the photo?  We can!!  This photo is of 6 Newport Public Health Nurse Association nurses, which was Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice’s name circa 1961.  The photo was found in a file cabinet that was purchased from Transcom Electronics, the previous owner of our building at 1184 East Main Road in Portsmouth.

Who Can Identify This Photo? We Can!

The Board of Directors of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer W. Fairbank, RN, BSN, CNHA to be the next Chief Executive Officer of the agency.  Stacey D. Carter, President of the Board, states:  “We are excited to bring Jennifer Fairbank on board to succeed retiring CEO Candace Sharkey, whose shoes will be hard to fill.  Ms. Fairbank’s executive leadership will expand upon the successes that Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice has recently experienced.”

Jennifer Fairbank is Named New CEO

Neils van Namen, a noted health care futurist, conducts a TED talk about the future of hospitals and says that the hospital of the future will be the home.  Watch here:

TED talk says the hospital of the future is the home.

About 40 physical therapists and occupational therapists from our Rehabilitation Department toured Portsmouth’s Home Healthsmith facility to learn about new designs, products, lifts, gadgets and ideas for adapting a home to the needs of seniors with disabilities of all kinds.  Owner Linda Bohmbach demonstrated all kinds of products as well as hi tech devices.

Rehab Team Visits Home Healthsmith

Congratulations Candy!  Rhode Island Monthly’s annual “Best Nurses” September issue has named Candy Sharkey as “Best Nurse Executive of 2018.”  The honor is selected by a peer group of nurses from the American Nursing Association.

Candy Sharkey, CEO, named “Best Nurse Executive of 2018” by RI Monthly magazine

Candy Sharkey, CEO of Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice, receives a check for $10,000 from a State of Rhode Island Legislative Grant to pay for telehealth monitors. Presenting were Rep. Kenneth Mendonca, Rep. John Edwards, Rep. Susan Donovan, and Rep. Marvin Abney. Thank you so much to our local legislators for making this happen!

Legislators Line up $10,000 State Grant

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Charles Hackett, MD, as Medical Director and as Hospice Team Physician.  Dr. Hackett will work with the West office Hospice and Palliative Care Team.  With a background of 40 years in Palliative Care and Occupational Medicine, Dr. Hackett will be an experienced and invaluable member in our West service areas.

Welcome to Dr. Charles Hackett, MD

Visiting Nurse Home & Hospice has been named “Best Superior Performer of 2017” by Strategic Healthcare Programs, a performance analysis data firm that the agency uses to survey all our patients on satisfaction with our services.  This award places us in the top 20% of homecare agencies for patient satisfaction for the calendar year 2017.

SHP names us “Best Superior Performer of 2017” in Patient Satisfaction