MIAMI-Olsten Corp. has sold 22 of its Florida home healthcare branches to Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., but will continue to manage their operations. With 600 Olsten Kimberly QualityCare branches, Melville, N.Y.-based Olsten is the largest home healthcare company as measured by total branches, according to MODERN HEALTHCARE's 1994 Multi-unit Providers Survey. Financial terms of the deal with Columbia/HCA were not released. As part of the agreement, Olsten also will manage 15 other home-care agencies owned by Columbia/HCA. Some of those agencies are hospital-based, according to Olsten spokesman David Fluhrer. Together, the 37 branches now owned by Columbia/HCA in Florida provide 2.2 million home visits annually, he said. Louisville, Ky.-based Columbia/HCA, the nation's largest nongovernment hospital chain, owns one-fourth of the hospitals in Florida.
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