Amedisys Closes Beacon Hospice, Inc. Acquisition

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED), one of America's leading home health and hospice companies, today announced that on June 7, 2011, it closed the acquisition of Beacon Hospice, Inc. Two Rhode Island agencies remain subject to final Rhode Island state regulatory approval. As previously discussed in an April 18, 2011 press release, Beacon is a provider of hospice services with 23 free-standing locations and one inpatient unit, serving the states of Massachusetts (11), Maine (5), New Hampshire (5), Rhode Island (2) and Connecticut (1). The purchase price paid for Beacon was $125 million.

Beacon Hospice is headquartered in Boston, Mass., and is regarded as one of the premier hospice companies in the New England region. Total annualized revenue for Beacon in 2010 was approximately $80 million. This transaction is expected to add $0.05 to $0.07 to Amedisys’ earnings in 2011 excluding one-time transaction related costs.

About Amedisys, Inc.

Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) is a leading health care company focused on bringing home the continuum of care. Amedisys delivers personalized health care services to patients and their families, in the comfort of patients’ homes, with approximately 10 million patient care and education encounters per year. Amedisys has two divisions, home health care and hospice. The Company’s state-of-the-art advanced chronic care management programs and leading-edge technology enables it to deliver quality care based upon the latest evidence-based best practices. Amedisys is a recognized innovator, being one of the first in the industry to equip its clinicians with point-of-care laptop technology and referring physicians with an internet portal that enables real-time coordination of patient care seamlessly. Amedisys also has the industry’s first-ever nationwide Care Transitions program. Amedisys Care Transitions is designed to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions through patient and caregiver health coaching and care coordination, which starts in the hospital and continues throughout completion of the patient’s home health plan of care. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.amedisys.com.

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Amedisys, Inc.
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