Acadiana Business

LHC Group expands in Texas

by Leslie Turk

Joint venture with Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System significantly expands post-acute care company's operations in the Lone Star state. Lafayette-based home health and hospice provider LHC Group Inc. announced Monday a home health joint venture with both Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System, calling the new initiative "an innovative model that will significantly expand the post-acute care company's operations in the Lone Star state."

Texas Health Resources, headquartered in Arlington, is one of the nation's largest faith-based, not-for-profit health systems. It has 25 owned and affiliated hospitals, more than 21,000 employees and nearly 4,000 licensed beds, delivering care to patients across North Texas. In fiscal year 2011, the system reported total operating revenue of $3.74 billion.

Dallas-based Methodist Health System is comprised of seven hospitals that include more than 1,200 licensed beds. The not-for-profit system employs nearly 7,000 people and posted net patient revenue of nearly $1 billion in fiscal 2011.

In a press release announcing the joint venture, LHC Group says it will work with both health systems to enhance home health services and facilitate better coordination of care delivery across their service areas.

"Methodist Health System and Texas Health Resources are two of the leading health systems not only in Texas but also the country," says Keith G. Myers, LHC Group's chairman and CEO. "Working together, our three organizations will bring a seamless continuum of care to the people of North Texas."

Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, says the new partnership is the result of a commitment by the two Texas health care organizations to work together to improve post-acute care in their communities. "Our organization and Methodist Health System came together some time ago and identified the need for a strong, stable provider of home health care in our region," Hawthorne says. "As one of the nation's most experienced post-acute care partners for not-for-profit hospitals, LHC Group has a strong track record of working with health systems to reduce avoidable readmissions and keep patients where they want to be - recovering in the comfort of home."

"We recognize our commitment to our patients doesn't end with their discharge from the hospital, says Stephen L. Mansfield, Ph.D., president and CEO of Methodist Health System. "Through this progressive partnership model, we're bringing together three nationally recognized health care providers to seamlessly transition patients from the acute to the post-acute setting in a unique and collaborative way that puts patient care first."