Home healthcare chain BrightStar, which opened its first franchise in March 2006 in Pittsburgh’s South Hills, has since expanded to operating in 38 states and plans to open a second franchise followed by offices in six other locations, reports Pittsburgh’s Post-Gazette.
Next month, a second BrightStar franchise is set to open in Ross and that will be followed in the next two years by six more offices: in Monroeville, Oakland-Shadyside, Downtown, Washington, Beaver and Irwin. The expansion, said [owner of original franchise Jana] Roy, is in response to growing demand for such services, particularly in Pittsburgh’s eastern suburbs.
“The business is doing well,” said Mrs. Roy, a registered nurse and the director of nursing for BrightStar. “Our goal is to keep [patients] home and provide a good quality of care. There is a need.”
Home health care is an industry traditionally dominated “by large volume nonprofits and by cottage industry operators like retired nurses for many decades,” said BrightStar spokeswoman Becky Seiler. “Franchising a system for success is relatively new.”
Initial franchise fees for Brightstar are $47,500 per territory and the company requires franchisees to have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and $100,000 in liquid capital.
BrightStar’s Pittsburgh franchise currently works with about 100 clients locally, about half of whom are on medical assistance with the other half paying out-of-pocket, the article says.
Read the full Post-Gazette piece here.
Written by Alyssa Gerace