Visiting Nurse Association, a 125-year-old nonprofit that delivers home health and hospice care in Omaha and Council Bluffs, has signed an agreement to transition home health and hospice operations to Amedisys Inc., a publicly held provider of home health, hospice and personal care headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The transaction is expected to close on or around July 1.
“It has become clear that we should return to our original focus — to serve those in the community who may not have the resources for home health and hospice care services,” said James Summerfelt, VNA president and CEO. “This was our original mission, and there is still tremendous need in our community. We want to ensure that the needs of individuals and families can be met with expertise and compassion well into the future.”
VNA leadership identified the need to consider external investors to ensure the home health and hospice programs, as well as its foundation, would remain financially strong and successful, according to a release.
“By continuing the exceptional VNA home health and hospice care legacy, Amedisys will provide additional scale and resources that will expand our opportunities to care for more patients and expand home health services to more communities across Nebraska and Iowa, especially during these unprecedented and evolving times in the health care industry,” said Chris Gerard, Amedisys president and chief operations officer.
VNA will continue to provide these programs and services in Omaha and western Iowa: homeless shelter nursing services; parenting support; mother and child services; flu and immunization services; school health programs; and home health care and hospice services.
Home health care and hospice services will be facilitated through Amedisys Home Health and AseraCare Hospice, an Amedisys Company.