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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana-based home health care provider has become the second-largest in the United States with the completion of its $850 million acquisition of a Kentucky-based firm.

The Advocate reports that LHC Group’s acquisition of Almost Family was effective April 1. The all-stock deal announced in November almost doubles the size of the firm to nearly 800 locations in 36 states.

LHC said in a release that its 30,000 employees will integrate with Almost Family over the next year-and-a-half.

LHC is now the second-largest publicly traded home health firm by revenue, behind the Louisville-based Kindred Home.


Information from: The Advocate,