A recent acquisition in Charleston, S.C., has made Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. the largest home-care provider in the state's Lowcountry region.
Columbia Trident Medical Center and Columbia Summerville Medical Center in Charleston said they have acquired Doctors Home Health for $2.6 million from Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Apria Healthcare Group, a leading home-care company.
Doctors Home Health was formerly owned by Abbey Healthcare Group, which merged with Homedco Group in June 1995 to form Apria. Currently, the medical centers provide home-care services through Columbia Coastal Carolina Home Health.
Columbia has more than 550 home-care locations across the country in addition to its almost 350 hospitals. The Nashville-based giant has quietly become one the nation's leading home-care companies (Jan. 27, p. 41).
Columbia said the combined operations in Charleston will handle about 200,000 home-care visits per year across the six counties in the state's Lowcountry region. Their combined projected revenues for 1997 are $23 million.
The Lowcountry refers to the state's southern-most counties that lie close to sea level.
"This acquisition will provide greater home-care services for our patients as we will now reach into six counties," said Gene Wright, president and chief executive officer of the two medical centers. He also noted that home care is the fastest growing segment of the healthcare industry.