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Lakeland, Hospice at Home to integrate

Published 7:33pm Friday, December 2, 2011

The boards of directors of Lakeland HealthCare and Hospice at Home announced that they have approved the integration of Lakeland Hospice and Hospice at Home.  The new organization will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Lakeland HealthCare and will be known as Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate.  The decision concludes formal integration discussions that began in July of this year.

“The Lakeland HealthCare Board of Directors appreciates the willingness of the Hospice at Home Board of Directors to find a collaborative solution that will provide expanded services to our community,” said Dan Hopp, chairman of the board of directors, Lakeland HealthCare. “Our new partnership will allow us to better serve our patients.”

The Hospice at Home Board of Directors will remain in place as a subsidiary board.

“The board of directors currently in place at Hospice at Home will continue to serve as stewards of hospice, palliative and bereavement care for area residents. We will appreciate the insight of the Lakeland corporate board of directors as we navigate through healthcare reform to ensure we can continue to provide compassionate care to those we serve,” said Arthur Clarke, III, chairman of the board of directors, Hospice at Home.

The legal integration is expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2012, but the work to enhance the services at the new Hospice at Home, Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate will be ongoing.  As part of the integration agreement, strategic goals include implementing an integrated vision of hospice care, increasing awareness among underserved communities, and expanding programs.

“The very competent team at Hospice at Home was diligent and creative in collaborating with their Lakeland Hospice counterparts to develop a comprehensive business plan for the future,” said Dr. Loren B. Hamel, president and CEO, Lakeland HealthCare. “We are confident our new partnership will add significant value to the patients we serve.”

Linda Beushausen, president and CEO of Hospice at Home, will retain that title and serve the Lakeland system in an expanded role as a vice president. As part of the agreement, a few associates may serve in new roles; however, there will be no layoffs.

“It has been exciting for us to work with Dr. Hamel and members of the Lakeland team to develop a plan for expanded care in the community,” said Linda Beushausen.

“Those of us who care for patients through life’s transitions, and especially near the end of life, are passionate about expanding what we offer and ensuring that the very best care is available for all in need.”

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