BAYADA, Manatee Health System launches home care joint venture

BAYADA Home Health Care has formed a joint venture with Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS ) subsidiary Manatee Health System, expanding its reach in Florida.

Called Manatee Health at Home by BAYADA, the companies seek to use their combined post-acute services to meet the growing demand for home care among seniors in Southwest Florida.

The new joint venture has begun accepting new patients and is currently hiring.

“This partnership will combine BAYADA’s operational and clinical expertise with Manatee Health’s commitment to innovative integrated delivery networks to drive innovation and help residents live at home with comfort, independence and dignity,” the CEO said in a release of BAYADA David Bayada.

New Jersey-based BAYADA provides home-based hospice, nursing, rehabilitation, therapeutic and supportive care services for adult and pediatric patients. Founded in 1975, the nonprofit organization operates 347 locations in 22 states and eight countries, employing 26,000 healthcare professionals.

The home health and hospice provider had an existing presence in Florida, with locations in six different cities in the state prior to the joint venture.

Manatee Healthcare System provides care to more than 400,000 patients in Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota, Florida. The company’s services include cardiac care, 24/7 emergency medicine for adult and pediatric patients, radiology, rehabilitation therapy and orthopedic, cardiac, respiratory and early care, among others.

Manatee Healthcare System includes two hospitals and is affiliated with more than 15 primary, emergency and specialty practices within the Manatee Physicians Alliance. The health system operates separate emergency departments and imaging centers, as well as the emergency department at Sun City Center.

Like much of the country, demographics are increasing the demand for senior health care services in Florida’s Manatee County. Seniors 65 and older make up more than a quarter (28.4%) of the county’s total population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Manatee Health at Home by BAYADA will provide more in-home care options for patients and families in need in Southwest Florida communities, according to Kevin DiLallo, group vice president of urgent care at UHS.

“We are excited to partner with BAYADA to help our Manatee Healthcare patients receive home care and therapy services to help them live healthier lives at home,” Di Lalo said in the release. “Together, we will help improve health outcomes for the residents of Bradenton and Southwest Florida while charting a new future for home health services in our region.”

The partnership marks the second strategic move between BAYADA and UHS. The first came earlier this year with a joint venture that created Las Vegas-based Valley Health at Home by BAYADA. UHS operates in more than 400 sites across the country and in the UK, providing care to approximately 3.2 million patients a year.

“We are excited about the opportunity to further expand our partnership with UHS and move even closer to a future where the home is at the center of healthcare,” Bayada said.

The range of health care services available at home is expanding, including new offerings such as hospice and skilled nursing home programs, increasing access to palliative care, and increasing availability of home-based primary care.

The joint ventures are a cornerstone of BAYADA’s strategic growth plans to bring a broader continuum of care into the home.
Earlier this year, it formed a joint venture with hospital system Jefferson Health that expanded the company’s home care and hospice services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. BAYADA last June formed a joint venture with Virginia-based VCU Health, marking its first entry into the home health and hospice market in Richmond.

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