Bill Borne, the founder of one of the country's largest home health and hospice care providers, drowned near his home in Louisiana, where flooding has been responsible for as many as 10 deaths.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office confirmed that Borne, 58, died from accidental drowning. He went missing early Sunday morning in his wooded subdivision, according to a Facebook post Monday evening by his daughter Hanna Borne Green.
Borne, a registered nurse by training, founded Amedisys in 1982 and served as the Baton Rouge-based company's CEO and chairman until stepping down in 2014.
He is credited with converting a regional post-acute care provider into a national provider of home nursing services through a series of acquisitions. The company now has a workforce of 16,000 and more than 500 sites across 45 states.
“He was a very passionate visionary,” said current Amedisys CEO Paul Kusserow. “What he built was extraordinary—there's very few people who can build something from scratch into a billion-plus-dollar business.”