Amedisys Foundation And Dream Foundation Partner To Serve Terminally-Ill Patients And Their Families

BATON ROUGE, La., Dec. 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), one of the nation's leading home health care and hospice companies, announced today a partnership between the Amedisys Foundation and Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults.  Through this newly formed partnership, Amedisys hospice care centers across the nation will have an opportunity to turn a patient's Dream into reality.
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Over the past two decades, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 25,000 Dreams. Dreams can be anything that improves the quality of life of the Dreamer—a lift chair, a scooter or the funds to pay a long-overdue bill. They can be small—a dinner out with family or a bedside reunion with a childhood friend. Or they can be big—a trip to Disneyland® or meeting a personal hero.

"We're excited to join with Dream Foundation to honor the Dreams of hospice patients," said Amedisys President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Kusserow. "Of course, fulfilling the needs of patients, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, is what we already do every hour of every day. But through the partnership between Amedisys Foundation and Dream Foundation, we're going to get the opportunity to deliver on an even bigger scale."

"We are grateful to the Amedisys Foundation for its generous support of Dream Foundation," said Dream Foundation's Chief Executive Officer Kisa Heyer. "Its commitment to help us touch lives, meet essential needs and provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life enables us to serve many others in need of a final Dream."

Dreamers must be at least 18 years old, have a life expectancy of one year or less, and lack the resources to achieve their Dreams on their own. To apply for a Dream, please visit dreamfoundation.org/how-to-apply.

About Amedisys: Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health, hospice and personal care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based personal care; recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury; care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease; or hospice care at the end of life. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care.

Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a publicly held company. With more than 16,000 employees, in 421 care centers in 34 states, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of more than 340,000 patients in need every year. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.amedisys.com.

About Dream Foundation:Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 25,000 final Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant. Dream Foundation does not receive any federal or state funding and relies solely on individual donations and corporate partnerships to fund its programs. The Foundation is proud to maintain Charity Navigator's four-star rating—its highest—for sound fiscal management ensuring its donors and partners that their investment will be used wisely. For more information, please visit DreamFoundation.org.
Contact:Kendra Kimmons || kendra.kimmons@amedisys.org || (225) 299-3720Dani Cordaro || dani@dreamfoundation.org || (805) 539-2222

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