Home health agency reopens after sale

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The sale of Wilson County’s public home health agency was finalized over Labor Day weekend. And now the agency has a new name and a new location.

LHC Group and LifePoint Health will share ownership as the home health provider, serving patients and families in Wilson County and the surrounding region, officials announced Tuesday. The agency will now be called Home Health of Wilson and will be operating at its new location at 1901 Tarboro St. SW, Suite 304, which is across the street from Taco Bell.

The deal went into effect Sept. 1.

In early August, county commissioners unanimously approved the contract to sell the county’s nearly 50-year-old home health agency for $2 million.

“With the completion of the acquisition by LHC Group and LifePoint Health, Home Health of Wilson will be affiliated with Wilson Medical Center, enabling a seamless coordination of care for the patients they serve,” according to a joint news release from the companies. “Wilson Medical Center is a 294-bed facility that is affiliated with LifePoint through Duke LifePoint Healthcare, the network of which Wilson Medical Center is a part.”

LHC Group and LifePoint Health formed their partnership in January 2017. Together, they currently operate 31 home health and 14 hospice locations in 10 states as part of the joint venture partnership, according to company officials.

The $2 million proceeds from the sale will be used for “future health-related and disease prevention initiatives,” according to county officials.

LHC has a joint venture contract with LifePoint that specifies the company will accept indigent patients up to at least 3 percent of net revenue, county officials have said.