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Amedisys Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Evolution Health

BATON ROUGE, La., Feb. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), a leading provider of quality home health, hospice, personal care and high-acuity care, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Evolution Health, LLC, a division of Envision Healthcare, doing business as Guardian Healthcare, Gem City, and Care Connection of Cincinnati. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the company cares for more than 3,300 home health patients daily and employs more than 650 employees in 15 locations across Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio.

Under the terms of the transaction, expected to close in the first half of 2022, Amedisys will acquire 100 percent of the ownership interests in Evolution Health. Once complete, this will increase Amedisys’ home health access to more than 1.9 million Medicare enrollees and more than 690,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees in Texas, and more than 800,000 Medicare enrollees and more than 350,000 Medicare Advantage enrollees in Ohio. Post-closing, Amedisys will provide both home health and hospice services to six communities across Texas, including Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston, furthering our strategy to become the solution for those who want to age in place.

“By continuing the great care provided by Evolution Health, Amedisys will provide additional scale and resources that will expand our opportunities to care for more patients and in more communities across Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio,” said Amedisys President and Chief Operating Officer Chris Gerard. “Amedisys is proud to expand its presence in these healthcare communities and provide more comprehensive care by aligning with our Amedisys Hospice footprint in Texas.”

“The purchase of Evolution Health continues our strategy to acquire and integrate high-quality regional home health assets into our home health division, which leads the industry in quality,” said Amedisys Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Paul Kusserow.

The transaction adds greater scale to Amedisys’ high-quality, nationwide network of 331 home health care centers. Post-closing, the combined home health operations will include 346 care centers in 34 states and the District of Columbia, with an average daily census of approximately 73,499 patients and approximately 11,236 home health employees.

“Both Evolution Health and Amedisys share a commitment to providing quality care to our patients in the comfort of their homes,” said Evolution Health President Mike Parsons. “We look forward to growing with Amedisys and continuing to offer our employees exceptional resources and support to care for their patients, along with access to expanded service offerings.”

In 2021, Modern Healthcare named Amedisys, Inc. to its prestigious Best Places to Work in Healthcare list. Amedisys is the second largest provider of home health care and the third largest provider of hospice care in the United States with 528 locations across 38 states and the District of Columbia. As of the January 2022 Home Health Compare release, Amedisys’ Quality of Patient Care (QPC) Star score is 4.33. The Company also provides personal care, palliative care and high-acuity care. 

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About Evolution Health

Evolution Health is a home health company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, serving three states through its family of trusted local brands. Working in partnership with the patient’s physician, Evolution Health offers traditional home health services reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payers including skilled nursing, occupational, physical and speech therapy, counseling and emotional support. Evolution Health’s highest priority is to provide quality, compassionate care to its patients, their families, and the communities in which they serve. For more information, visit https://www.evolution.net/.

About Amedisys:

Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health, hospice, personal care and high-acuity care services. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based personal care; recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease; or hospice care at the end of life. More than 3,000 hospitals and 90,000 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a publicly held company. With approximately 20,000 employees, in 528 care centers in 38 states and the District of Columbia, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of more than 445,000 patients in need every year, performing more than 11.5 million visits annually. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.amedisys.com.

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