Archbold Medical Center Partners with LHC Group for Home Health Services

Partnership will provide home health in seven Georgia counties

THOMASVILLE, Ga. and LAFAYETTE, La., March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Archbold Medical Center and LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) announced they have signed a definitive agreement to form a new joint venture and enhance home health services in Thomasville, Ga., and across the greater region. The joint venture will include two locations serving Thomas, Brooks, Grady, Colquitt, Mitchell, Decatur, and Seminole counties, expanding the LHC Group service area to five additional counties

This is a great opportunity to join forces with an exceptional partner to deliver person-centered care.

It is anticipated that the joint venture agreement will be finalized on May 1, subject to customary closing conditions, at which time LHC Group will purchase majority ownership and assume management responsibility. LHC Group expects incremental annualized revenue from this joint venture of approximately $5 million and that it will not materially affect its 2022 diluted earnings per share.

"Archbold Medical Center looks forward to our partnership with LHC Group, a national leader in providing home health services," said Darcy Craven, president and CEO for Archbold Medical Center. "Our organizations share a commitment to delivering person-centered care, and this agreement will help provide the cities, towns, and communities we serve with convenient, responsive, and effective care in the comfort of home."

"This is a great opportunity to join forces with an exceptional partner and expand the availability of in-home healthcare services in Thomasville and throughout South Georgia," said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group's chairman and CEO. "Archbold Medical Center has a dedicated team that is committed to being the best healthcare system in the region – and they've earned a reputation for high-quality, compassionate care. Working together, we will bring that same level of service to even more patients and families."

Archbold Medical Center is a four-hospital, three-nursing-home health system with 540 patient beds. They employ more than 2,500 people, including a medical staff of nearly 200 qualified physician specialists. The flagship hospital, John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, is a 264-bed facility located in Thomasville, Georgia. The system's hospitals in Georgia include: Brooks County Hospital in Quitman, Grady General Hospital in Cairo, and Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla.

LHC Group is a leading national provider of in-home healthcare services and the joint venture partner of choice for over 400 hospitals across the United States.

Hospital and home health partnerships focus on delivering patient-centered care in the comfort of the patient's home or place of residence. They are an increasingly key component in helping patients manage their conditions, avoid unnecessary hospital readmissions, and achieve the best possible health outcomes in the most cost-efficient manner.

About Archbold Medical Center
Archbold Medical Center is a four-hospital, three nursing-home health system with 540 patient beds. Archbold employs more than 2,500 people and boasts outstanding medical staff of nearly 200 qualified physician specialists. The flagship hospital, John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital, is a 264-bed hospital located in Thomasville, Georgia. System hospitals, also in Georgia, are Brooks County Hospital in Quitman, Grady General Hospital in Cairo, and Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla.

About LHC Group, Inc.
LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of in-home healthcare services and innovations, providing quality, value-based healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group's services cover a wide range of healthcare needs for patients and families dealing with illness, injury, or chronic conditions. The company's 30,000 employees deliver home health, hospice, home- and community-based services, and facility-based care from approximately 900 locations in 37 states and the District of Columbia – reaching 60 percent of the U.S. population aged 65 and older. LHC Group is the preferred in-home healthcare partner for over 400 leading hospitals around the country.

Forward-looking Statements
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