Transactions: Pennant Acquires Idaho Home Health Provider; Wesley Purchases Medical House Calls

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Pennant acquires home health provider in Idaho

The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG) has acquired Bluebird Home Health, Bluebird Hospice and Bluebird Home Care — three agencies under the Bluebird brand — that offer home health, hospice and home care services in Idaho.

“Bluebird’s operations fit uniquely within the strong continuum of care we have successfully built in Idaho over the last 12 years,” Pennant President and COO John Gochnour said in a statement “This transition brings with it a strong group of operational and clinical leaders and outstanding clinicians who have made a meaningful impact in Southwest Idaho’s health care continuum over the last few years.”

The Eagle, Idaho-based Pennant has a network that includes 95 home health and hospice agencies, plus 49 senior living communities.


Pennant CEO Brent Guerisoli said in a statement the company continues to look for opportunities to acquire “high-quality home health, hospice and senior living businesses” throughout the U.S.

The company has been one of the most prolific acquirers in home health care over the past few years.

Wesley purchases Medical House Calls

The Tennessee-based financial group Wesley recently purchased Medical House Calls, a home health provider serving patients in Davidson, Williamson and Rutherford counties.


“Medical House Calls is the leader in the home health segment in Middle Tennessee, and we look forward to extending our service range,” Wesley founder Chuck McDowell said in a statement. “We will be adding new practitioners who will allow us to serve more patients in surrounding counties.”

Medical House Calls offers home health, telehealth, behavioral therapy and physical therapy services.

Medical House Calls plans to expand into Wilson, Sumner and other counties soon.

Guthrie Clinic purchases Lourdes Hospital

The Guthrie Clinic has entered into an agreement with Ascension to acquire Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital.

The Pennsylvania-based Guthrie Clinic is a health care delivery system with a network of 700 providers with service lines that include home health care, hospice, residential long-term care as well as medical and surgical care.

“We are excited to bring Lourdes into our Guthrie family, with many shared values and mutual commitment to patient-centered care,” Guthrie President and CEO Edmund Sabanegh Jr., said in a statement. “Like Lourdes, Guthrie has a strong tradition of serving our communities, providing care to patients where they are. This transaction will enable a continuation of this joint tradition and strengthen our investments in care delivery, patient outcomes and experience for the greater Binghamton community.”

The Binghamton, New York-based Lourdes provides 24/7 emergency and acute care, ambulatory surgery. It also has a network of primary care providers serving the region.

The transaction is expected to close by early 2024. Until then, Guthrie and Lourdes will continue to operate independently, the companies said.

Advanced Home Care makes hospice acquisition

Advanced Home Care has acquired Dignity Hospice Care, a hospice provider based in Framingham, Massachusetts.

“With this acquisition, we are able to provide a more complete continuum of care,” Advanced Home Care CEO Art Kalenjian said in a statement. “Now, seniors in our community can also receive end-of-life support in the comfort and safety of home.

Advanced Home Care, also based in Framingham, provides home care for seniors and specialty care for those with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

The deal was finalized at the end of 2022, but the first hospice patients were served in May under the Advanced Home Care brand.

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