LCS, CareSouth Announce New Home Health Care JV
Home health care provider CareSouth is teaming with Des Moines, Iowa-based senior living operator and developer LCS for a joint venture partnership called Health at Home, An LCS Company.
CareSouth, based in Augusta, Ga., will manage the operations of the 17 existing Health at Home locations in 11 states, which currently serve more than 1,400 clients.
“We sought out a partner with similar values to better position our home care services for the future, and we found that partner in CareSouth,” said Ed Kenny, president and CEO of LCS. “There is a strong cultural compatibility between our companies, as we are both passionate about positive care outcomes and personalized customer service. In addition, CareSouth brings an exceptional depth of information technology resources and robust clinical care and educational programs to the equation.”
CareSouth owns or manages 27 Medicare-certified home health agencies and five private duty offices with 56 locations in seven states. It also provides hospice, physician house calls, outpatient rehabilitation, and wellness services in addition to home care.
“With each coming senior generation, we see a greater need for the availability of different levels of medical care and integration of medical information, delivered in a coordinated manner, both inside and outside of senior living settings,” says Rick Griffin, president and CEO of CareSouth. “CareSouth’s partnership with LCS will provide that higher level of coordinated care within the senior living settings provided by LCS. We are extremely excited about this opportunity to partner with LCS for the benefit of the seniors we both serve.”
LCS’ current Health at Home customers will continue to receive services under that brand, Kenny said.
“We’re excited about the expanded options that are forthcoming with the CareSouth Advantage, which brings the latest in technological advances to health care such as telehealth remote monitoring,” he said. “Their exceptional disease management and education programs, Heartwise and Breathwise, also bring added value to clients and caregivers alike.”
The joint venture partnership closed on July 2, 2013.
Written by Alyssa Gerace