ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LHC GROUP FOR THEIR HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE SERVICES
St. Joseph’s Hospital is pleased to announce a partnership with the LHC Group (a home health, hospice services firm) who assumed ownership of the home health and hospice service lines effective April 1, 2014. The Home Health services are now known as “West Virginia Home Health Services” and Hospice continues as “St. Joseph’s Hospice.” Home Health and Hospice remains on the campus of St. Joseph’s Hospital and LHC has retained the nursing, support and physical therapy staff. Dr. Clyde Mitchell has also been retained to serve in the role of physician Director of Home Health and Hospice.
“We are proud to be part of the Buckhannon and West Virginia communities and look forward to partnering with local clinicians to deliver high-quality health care that allows patients to safely remain in the comfort of their homes,” said Michael R. Freeman, Vice President of Corporate Development for the LHC Group, Inc. “LHC Group has a strong track record of partnering with health systems and health care professionals to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, improve clinical outcomes and enhance operational performance.”
The LHC group currently maintains 16 locations throughout West Virginia including at St. Joseph’s sister hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington. “Their experience and corporate infrastructure will enable Home Health and Hospice Services to maximize the services offered to patients and their families,” said Sue Johnson-Phillippe, President and CEO of St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We are pleased to welcome the LHC group and look forward to their continuing the tradition of quality in-home care to Upshur and surrounding counties,” said Johnson-Phillippe.