LCS and Health at Home Enter Joint Venture Partnership with CareSouth
Des Moines, IA – July 3, 2013 – LCS®, a national leader in senior lifestyle services and senior living community development and management, and CareSouth®, a leading regional provider of home health services, are pleased to announce a joint venture partnership in Health at Home™, An LCS Company. CareSouth will manage the operations of the existing 17 Health at Home locations in 11 states, currently serving over 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,” says Ed Kenny, President/Chief Executive Officer 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.”
Rick Griffin, President and Chief Executive Officer of CareSouth, says, “At CareSouth, we believe it is important to align with high quality partners whose philosophies and values are similar to ours. LCS is the perfect partner for us. They strive, at all times, to put their residents first, just as we strive to put our patients first. They are innovative in senior living, just as we are innovative in non-acute health 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. 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.”
CareSouth owns or manages 27 Medicare-certified home health agencies and five private duty offices with 56 locations in seven states. In addition to home care services, CareSouth provides hospice, physician housecall, outpatient rehabilitation and wellness services.
“Our current customers will continue to receive services under the Health at Home brand,” notes Kenny. “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. 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.
About LCS® and Health at Home™
Based in Des Moines, Iowa, and established in 1971, LCS is a leading provider of high-quality senior lifestyle products and services. The LCS Family of Companies focus on strategic planning, development, operations management, and marketing and sales management for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and senior living communities, home health care and companion services, senior living community ownership, insurance, and national purchasing consulting services. The companies of LCS serve over 32,000 residents in 116 communities in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Health at Home established by LCS in 1984, specializes in tailoring its services to meet clients’ needs, whether they currently reside in a senior living community or in their own home. Health at Home currently has licensed and Medicare-certified agencies in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, with an additional licensed agency in Washington state. For more information visit LCSnet.com and healthathomeLCS.com.
CareSouth Health System, Inc., founded in 1995 and based in Augusta, Georgia, is a leading provider of home health care and other non-acute health care services. With more than 50 locations across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, the company currently employs about 2400 full-time and part-time personnel. CareSouth home health agencies are licensed, Medicare certified and accredited with deemed status by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC.) Its agencies consistently rank in Home Care Elite as being among the top 25 percent of home health care agencies in the nation. Offering a wide variety of home health programs and specialized services including fall prevention, total hip and knee orthopedic rehabilitation, wound care management, pulmonary disease and cardiovascular disease management, qualified CareSouth patients also have access to telehealth and medical alert monitoring services. CareSouth utilizes Homecare Homebase technologies to provide an intuitive software tool for clinicians with real time access to clinical data. In addition to home health care services, CareSouth also provides private duty home care services, hospice, outpatient wellness and rehabilitation, and physician housecall services in various markets. For more information visit www.caresouth.com.