LHC Group Completes Acquisition Of Deaconess HomeCare

LAFAYETTE, La., April 1, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group Inc. (Nasdaq:LHCG), a national provider of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute healthcare services, announced today that it has completed the previously announced transaction with BioScrip®, Inc. (Nasdaq:BIOS) to purchase two of its operating subsidiaries, doing business as Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services, for $59.5 million. The transaction adds 32 agencies in four states, increasing LHC Group's geographical footprint to 340 post-acute care agencies across 26 states, and is anticipated to be accretive to LHC Group's 2014 earnings by between $0.05 and $0.10 per diluted share.

The combined service area of Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services, collectively one of the nation's largest home health providers, includes 120 counties for home health, 33 counties for hospice and 95 counties for community-based services in the states of Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois. Annual revenues are approximately $72 million.

Established in 1969, Deaconess HomeCare – a charter member of the National Association of Homecare and Hospice and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) – is a nationally recognized provider with a long-standing reputation for providing quality care and exceptional service to patients, families and communities they serve.

"When we founded LHC Group 20 years ago, Deaconess HomeCare already had a strong reputation as one of the nation's premier providers," said Keith Myers, LHC Group chairman and CEO. "Joining forces with a provider of this caliber marks a great day for our company."

"As consolidation continues to occur in our industry, we look forward to more opportunities like this to join forces with other high-quality providers who share our values and commitment to excellence. We welcome the healthcare professionals at Deaconess HomeCare and Elk Valley Health Services to the LHC Group family and look forward to combining our strengths and partnering with local clinicians to deliver high-quality health care that allows patients to safely remain in the comfort of their homes."

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