October 1, 2020

LHC Group finalizes two new joint venture agreements in Georgia, purchases Colorado hospice provider

LAFAYETTE, La. (Oct. 1, 2020) – LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: LHCG) announced today that it has finalized two new joint venture (JV) agreements in Georgia and purchased a hospice provider in Colorado, each effective Oct. 1.

In Gainesville, Ga., LHC Group and Northeast Georgia Health System will share ownership of SunCrest Home Health, a provider serving patients and families in the surrounding region with high-quality affordable healthcare services in the privacy and comfort of their home. Under the terms of the agreement, the agency will be renamed Northeast Georgia Home Health. Moving forward, the agency will be integrated in accordance with LHC Group’s current JV processes and procedures.

“Our LHC Group family is genuinely excited to expand our services in the state of Georgia by joining forces with a respected, high-quality healthcare organization like Northeast Georgia Health System,” said Keith Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO. “With our combined talent, experience, and resources we will be able to bring effective value-based care to more patients in Gainesville and across the region, and do so in the safest and most preferred location – the comfort and familiarity of their home or place of residence.”

In Colorado, LHC Group will purchase Santa Rita Hospice in Aurora.

“We see growth potential for hospice services in the Aurora market,” Myers said. “This transaction aligns with our strategy to co-locate home health and hospice services in markets where it makes sense – enabling us to reach even more patients and families with the quality care and service they deserve.” The provider will operate under the At Home Hospice name in a shared space with At Home Healthcare, LHC Group’s home health provider in Aurora.

In Augusta, Ga., the company finalized a JV with University Health Care System to enhance home health and hospice services in that market. LHC Group first announced the purchase agreement in August 2020. LHC Group expects incremental annualized revenue from this JV of approximately $8.3 million and that it will not materially affect its 2020 diluted earnings per share.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency, LHC Group has repeatedly proven to be essential in helping its hospital and health system JV partners deliver industry-leading quality care in the most cost-effective setting. More than ever before, hospitals and health systems are fully leveraging LHC Group’s infrastructure and capabilities as an integral part of their healthcare delivery model – including communicating on capacity planning, following COVID-19 protocols, and accepting patients at the top of the home health acuity capability.

LHC Group is a leading national provider of in-home healthcare services and the JV partner of choice for 350 hospitals across the United States.

About LHC Group, Inc.
LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of in-home healthcare services and innovations, providing quality, value based healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group’s services cover a wide range of healthcare needs for patients and families dealing with illness, injury, or chronic conditions. The company’s 32,000 employees deliver home health, hospice, home and community-based services, and facility-based care in 35 states and the District of Columbia – reaching 60 percent of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. LHC Group is the preferred in-home healthcare partner for 350 leading hospitals around the country.

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