Vincent Vacca, M.D., recently started as the first on-site physician at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Johnston, Rhode Island.


In this position, Vacca works with facility staff and other attending physicians in caring for patients. He helps new residents transition from the hospital, and being based in the facility enables him to respond quickly to medical changes or emergencies. He also educates residents and families regarding their care plans and enhances communication between the residents and families and their physicians.


“My own mother, who passed away at 104 years last May, spent the last 10 years of her life at Cherry Hill Manor,” said Vacca. “The experience of having spent many hours visiting both my own patients and my mother has been valuable. My brother and I have come to respect the staff because of the personal attention, respect and compassionate care they provided.”


Vacca has been a practicing physician in the Johnston area for more than 47 years. He has been a physician at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, North Providence and St. Joseph Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Women and Infants Hospital in Providence. In addition, he has been town physician for Johnston, and for several years he served the Student Health Center at Providence College.


After earning his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Bologna in Bologna, Italy, in 1961, Vacca completed his residency in internal medicine at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1964. He later completed fellowships in gastroenterology at the hospitals at Yale University and Brown University.


From 1968-1970, Vacca served in the United States Army at the Rodrigues U.S. Army Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, establishing the department of gastroenterology and overseeing the outpatient department. He is a proud member of the VFW Post 2812 and has been a consultant for the VA Hospital in Providence.


“Over the many years in private practice, I know the importance of a one-on-one relationship between doctor and patient,” said Vacca. “This new position will allow me to continue to provide that kind of relationship to my patients at Cherry Hill Manor, many of whom I already know from my own practice.”


Vacca currently resides in Cranston with his wife, Donna. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.