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Home health company Amedisys has signed an agreement to buy Visiting Nurse Association, a 125-year-old nonprofit that provides hospital care to patients in Nebraska and Iowa. 

The transaction will add more than 400 health care workers to the Amedisys network with offerings that span from homeless shelter nursing services, patently support, immunizations and school and home health programs. Baton Rouge-based Amedisys, which has an executive office in Nashville, will provide back-end support and seek to grow the nursing network in its markets. The Amedisys network now includes 21,000 employees in 514 care centers across 39 states, according to a press release, and provided care to more than 418,000 patients last year.

“Amedisys will provide additional scale and resources that will expand our opportunities to care for more patients and expand home health services to more communities across Nebraska and Iowa, especially during these unprecedented and evolving times in the healthcare industry,” President and COO Chris Gerard said in the release. “Amedisys is proud to expand its presence in Omaha’s and Council Bluffs’ healthcare communities and honored to continue and grow VNA’s century of remarkable hospice and home health in the years to come.”

New behavioral health venture acquires Memphis clinics

A new Nashville-based behavioral health care venture, Vertava Health, has announced the acquisition of a network of outpatient addiction care clinics in Memphis. 

Vertava will gain three clinics with the purchase of Integrated Addiction Care Associates, expanding the company’s clinic network to 16 locations across the five states and solidifying its presence in the mid-South. 

Launched last year, the company is led by former Amedisys senior vice president Matt Morgan. With the acquisitions, IAC co-founders Shawn Hamm and David Stern will serve as regional medical directors within the company, according to a press release. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Integrated Addiction Care Associates’ renowned team to Vertava Health,” Morgan said in the release. “Broadening Vertava Health’s presence and reach in Memphis and communities in the Midsouth underscores our focus on providing vital care through a full continuum of mental health and substance use services.”

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