Home Care

Central Service : (914) 941-1710

 Westchester Intake : (914) 941-1654
South Bronx Intake : (718) 665-6557

 Suffolk Intake :
 (631) 728-0181

Suffolk County
103-6 West Montauk Highway
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 728-0181

299 North Highland Avenue
Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 941-1654

The Bronx
279 Alexander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 665-6557 

Family Care
Endorsed by the New York Times
Certified Home Health Agency

Long Term Home Health Care Program Pediatric Long Term Home Health Care Program

225 W 34th St
New York, NY 10122
(212) 239-6586





The philosophy of the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is based on Judeo-Christian belief that each person has the right to life, and to the means which are necessary to the proper development of life.  Services attempt to enhance the physical, social and spiritual well-being of the individual, the family and the community. 


Mission Statement


Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, a non-profit home health agency provides compassionate, comprehensive and family focused home care to persons in need, including the poor, marginalized, and the elderly.  As a community based, certified agency, special emphasis is given to the health and social needs of the community.  Its programs and services promote health, independence, and quality of life.


Core Values

• The uniqueness and dignity of each person
• Compassion
• Concern for the poor and vulnerable
• Health care as a basic right
• Collaboration with others
• Integrity in all our relationships


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Membership & Accreditation:

The Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is an important part of the community's health care system and is proud to be a member agency of the following:

• Healthcare Association of New York State

• Home Care Association of New York State

• The Joint Commission

• New York State Catholic Healthcare Council

• Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association

• Visiting Nurse Associations of America

• Westchester County Association

DSFHS, Inc. is Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). An important part of the community's healthcare system, Dominican Sisters Family Health Service Inc. is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and certified to provide care under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

If you have any concerns about patient care or safety that have not been addressed to your satisfaction while receiving services from Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, Inc., please contact the Agency's Vice President of Clinical Services at (914) 941-1710. If your concerns are not resolved through this route, you may contact the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare


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Sister Virginia Hanrahan


HANRAHAN-Sister Virginia,
OP of the Dominican Sisters
of Hope, Ossining, NY, died
on March 21, 2014 at the
Wartburg in Mount Vernon,
New York. She was 78 years
of age. The daughter of the
late Joseph and Catharine
(O'Neill) Hanrahan, Virginia
was born June 23, 1935 in
Woodside, New York. Sister
Virginia is survived by her
three sisters, one brother, nieces, nephews, and by her sisters in the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Sister Virginia (formerly Sister Catherine Joseph) entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in September 1953 and soon earned her BS in Nursing from Hunter College and later, an MS in Nursing from Catholic University.

She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of New Rochelle in 1980. Upon completion of her studies, Sister Virginia served as community health nurse and Assistant Supervisor with the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor in the Bronx. She then became a team nurse and later, the Director of Nursing at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Neighborhood Health Center in the Bronx. From 1994 until her retirement in 2009, Sister Virginia faithfully served as President/Chief Executive Officer of Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, Inc.

She was a pioneer in home health care in New York State -- serving as a compassionate and passionate advocate for patients and their families throughout her time with the agency, as well as in the years that followed. Her hard work and leadership helped facilitate the agency's home health care certification in the 1970's. This certification enabled DSFHS to continue the work that Mother Mary Walsh and the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor had begun in the 1870's – providing compassionate health care to all those in need. Sister Virginia's pioneering work with the then small agency helped set the foundation for the kind of quality care that DSFHS delivers today to patients and clients throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. In 1998, Sister Virginia received the Ruth F. Wilson Award, the Home Care Association of New York State's highest accolade and in 1999, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for "exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country."

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00pm at the Ossining Center of Hope Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center. There will be a wake at 7:00pm in the same location. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 10:00am in the Chapel at Mariandale, and a burial will follow in the Sisters' Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Sister Virginia's memory to Dominican Sisters Family Health Service, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. The Board of Directors, Leadership Team, Staff, and Volunteers of Dominican Sisters Family Health Service will miss Sister Virginia dearly.

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