Northwell Health on Monday said the state Department of Health has approved an agreement that allows the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley to join Northwell’s home care network.

VNA of Hudson Valley, which has 350 employees, provides home care to about 6,000 patients in Westchester and Putnam counties. The organization includes a certified home health agency, a licensed home care services agency and a hospice agency.

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New Hyde Park-based Northwell also runs Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center in Sleepy Hollow, and Westchester Health Associates, a medical group with locations in the two New York counties, as well as in Stamford, Connecticut.

The Northwell Health Home Care Network has 2,000 employees and serves about 40,000 patients each year.

Northwell Health, the largest private employer in the state, has 62,000 employees.