Watertown, New York-based Samaritan Medical Center (SMC) will soon enter an agreement with HCA/Genesis, Inc. to manage Genesis Home Health Care.
The agreement will remain in place until a final purchase agreement and certificate of need is approved by the New York State Department of Health, when the home healthcare agency will become a Samaritan corporation, according to a release from SMC.
Until April 28, 2013, the Genesis Home Health Care offices were the last remaining tenant in the Mercy building at 213 Stone Street. The office has since been relocated to 199 Pratt Street, an office building on Samaritan’s main campus in Watertown.
There was no disruption of business as a result of the move, and the agency says it is still accepting new clients.
“Genesis Home Health Care provides a vital services to the community,” said Thomas H. Carman, president and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “With the uncertain future of the HCA/Genesis organization, we wanted to ensure that this service remains available and stable in the community.”
SMC expects that the acquisition process will take up to one year, with Genesis Home Health Care continuing uninterrupted service to its current patients while also accepting new patients.
“As we look toward the future of healthcare reform, home health care is now more than ever a critical service in the continuum of care provided in the community,” Carman said.
Written by Jason Oliva