VNA-TIP Becomes Part of the Celtic Healthcare Team

Updated on July 20, 2014

Celtic Healthcare is pleased to announce the acquisition of VNA-TIP Healthcare of Bridgeton, MO, which will expand its home health and hospice service areas from Pennsylvania and Maryland to the Missouri and Illinois region.

VNA-TIP Healthcare, a HomeCare Elite agency, boasts a rich history dating back to the 1917 founding of the VNA of Alton/Wood River Illinois. The agency has grown with the acquisitions of the Visiting Nurse Association of Illinois in 1999, TIP Home Health Services in 2001, and many smaller home health and hospice agencies. 

Gary Liebscher, former President of VNA-TIP Healthcare, grew his Alton-based home health care agency into one of the largest agencies of its kind in the Midwest. VNA-TIP Healthcare utilizes a unique centralized intake department to navigate referrals to over 30 home care and hospice branches in over 50 counties in the bi-state Missouri and Illinois area.

“These two agencies share the same mission of caring for our patients and employees,” states VNA-TIP Healthcare’s Executive Director of Business Development Mark Horton.  “We at VNA-TIP Healthcare are looking forward to and are extremely proud to become members of the Celtic Healthcare family.”

Celtic Healthcare’s purchase of VNA-TIP will strengthen VNA-TIP’s existing services and will add a number of key features and services including complex care management, telehealth, and Journey specialty palliative care services.

For physicians, hospitals and senior living communities, Celtic Healthcare will be able to offer a wide array of value-based care services that assist in care transition and coordination, electronic medical record integration, outcome-focused delivery for reduction of avoidable readmissions and increased patient satisfaction as well as collaborative community education.

With the transition to Celtic Healthcare, nurses, therapists, and other allied healthcare professionals will be provided with strengthened support to enhance operations and provide the highest quality services to the individuals in the communities we serve.

“We are looking forward to serving the Missouri and Illinois region with VNA-TIP,” states Arnie Burchianti, CEO of Celtic Healthcare.

About Celtic Healthcare

Celtic Healthcare, Inc. (Celtic) is a home health and hospice services provider headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Mars, PA, and servicing Pennsylvania and Maryland (and now Missouri and Illinois). Celtic offers Medicare-certified skilled home health, hospice and palliative care services. To learn more, please visit:

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