Ascension’s senior-care division ranks as the nation’s second-largest, not-for-profit long-term-care operator.
The company’s executives were not available for interviews at deadline. Ascension Health CEO Robert Henkel said in a news release that the health system’s existing home-care operations would benefit from the joint venture. “We believe there is much to be learned by working with Evolution Health in a way that ensures the most effective and efficient care across our national health ministry in support of our mission of serving all persons,” he said.
Ascension joins other major U.S. health systems with ambulatory deals as pressure to control health spending accelerates a technology-enabled shift toward more medical care delivered outside of hospitals.
Catholic Health Initiatives, another large U.S. hospital operator, acquired home-care company Consolidated Health Services for $43 million in 2010. Since then, the division’s operations have doubled to nine states with 60 locations. San Francisco-based health system Dignity Health paid $455 million in 2012 to buy U.S. HealthWorks, a network of occupational health and urgent-care clinics.
Ascension Health’s new joint venture will offer home care, infusion therapy and hospice in five Ascension Health markets with projected revenue of $75 million to $100 million in the first year. The deal is expected to go into effect at the end of the year.
The system has increasingly turned to such arrangements rather than acquisitions to care for patients as they move across the continuum of care.
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