Business Briefs: LHC Group, Hometeam

Hometeam to Offer 12 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

New York-based home care startup Hometeam has announced it will offer 12 weeks of paid family leave for its caregivers who are the primary carer, male or female. The company is also offering two weeks of paid family leave for child-caring partners. The paid family leave is for caregivers who have completed at least 1,250 hours of service at the company, Ashish Prashar, director of communications and policy at Hometeam, told Home Health Care News.

“We believe that caregivers should have the same benefits as those in the corporate office,” Prasher said. “We felt like maternity leave should absolutely be included in that.”

A huge concern for caregivers at Hometeam has been job security if they need to take time off for anything. With this policy, caregivers can have a child and not worry about losing their job.

In addition to the maternity leave program, Hometeam has started a “transition team,” which is made up of 12 senior caregivers who have become full-time corporate employees. These caregivers can help train new caregivers and fill in if others are out sick or on vacation leave, or on maternity or paternity leave.

LHC Group Pens JV with West Virginia Hospital

LHC Group (Nasdaq: LHCG) has entered into a home health and hospice joint venture with not-for-profit Pleasant Valley Hospital, located in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, according to a press release.

The hospital has 101 beds and provides a range of medical services and specialties to people living in Mason and Jackson counties in West Virginia and Gallia and Meigs counties in Ohio. The hospital’s home health and hospice services are provided in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Pomeroy, Ohio.

“We are pleased to join forces with one of the region’s leading health care providers to deliver the highest quality patient care,” Keith G. Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO, said in a press release. “LHC Group has a proven history of successful hospital partnerships, helping patients recover in the comfort of home and preventing costly and avoidable hospital readmissions. We look forward to serving patients and families in cooperation with our new partners at Pleasant Valley Hospital.”

PSA and Epic Health Complete Merger to Form Aveanna 

Atlanta-based Aveanna Healthcare, a pediatric home health care provider, has been formed from a merger of PSA Healthcare and Epic Health Services. Aveanna is now the largest pediatric home health care company in the country, according to a press release.

Aveanna is offering care for medically fragile children in 23 states.

“We are excited to continue our mission to serve patients and their families as Aveanna,” Rod Windley, executive chairman at Aveanna, said in a press release.  “PSA and Epic Health Services’ patients will see our continued dedication to the passion shared by both companies…We are well-positioned to become the fastest-growing and most efficient competitor in the sector by delivering a comprehensive service model to our patients in their preferred setting—their homes—and to do so for even more patients across the country.”

Addus Homecare Selling Three Centers in Illinois

Home care provider Addus HomeCare Corporation (Nasdaq: ADUS) will sell three centers in Illinois, with the properties located in Homewood, Moline and Marion. Active Day, a senior care company that provides adult day care and home care in 12 states, will purchase the centers.

“These three centers have an exemplary track record of providing high quality care and services to adults in need,” Jim Donnelly, CEO for Active Day, said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition so all members will continue to receive the highest level of care from the staff they have come to know and who know them. We welcome our new members and employees to the Active Day family.”

The newly-acquired centers will be named Active Day of Homewood, Active Day of Moline and Active Day of Marion, according to a report from StreetInsider.

Always Best Care Announces New Owner

A new owner has taken over at Always Best Care Senior Services’ Southwest Houston franchise. Guido Cubellis will now own the location that provides senior care services to the Fort Bend County area.

“Guido brings many years of business expertise within the healthcare industry and shares a deep passion for helping seniors in his community,” said Jake Brown, president of Always Best Care. “We are very pleased to welcome him as our newest franchise owner and are confident that he will provide the highest level of care to his Always Best Care territory.”

A Place at Home Opens Franchise in Oklahoma City

Omaha, Nebraska-based A Place at Home has opened a new franchise location in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The franchise will provide companion care, licensed in-home care, community staffing, care coordination and community placement, according to a press release.

Oklahoma City was chosen based on the area being a top city in the country for senior care.

Written by Alana Stramowski

Alana Stramowski