Covenant Care Acquires Peoples Home Health

Transaction adds home health services to expanding not-for-profit

PENSACOLA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Covenant Care today announced a significant expansion of its services
with the acquisition of Pensacola-based Peoples Home Health, a
Medicare-certified home health provider serving Escambia, Santa Rosa,
Okaloosa and Walton counties in Florida. This transaction demonstrates
Covenant Care’s commitment to expand its service offerings beyond its
core hospice services, an objective announced during the recent brand
transition from Covenant Hospice to Covenant Care.


“Our rebranding signaled the beginning of our transformation to an
integrated, comprehensive post-acute provider,” said Jeff Mislevy,
Covenant Care’s President and CEO. “That platform shift is in direct
response to the revolutionary changes occurring throughout healthcare.”

“The industry demands providers enhance patient experience, reduce the
cost associated with care and improve the health of populations in its
communities. Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers, hospitals, large
physician groups, nursing facilities and assisted living communities all
expect the post-acute providers with which they work to have the
capacity to address advanced illness care in both inpatient and
outpatient settings – from hospital discharge to end-of-life care,”
Mislevy explained.

“This transaction with Peoples Home Health is one of the most
significant steps in meeting that objective,” he added.

Peoples Home Health and Covenant Care have enjoyed a collaborative
relationship focused on meeting the needs of patients with life-limiting
illness, noted Tim Buttell, Vice President of Peoples Home Health.
“Peoples is honored to join with Covenant Care as it develops an array
of complementary post-acute services,” said Buttell, who will be
continuing with the organization in a leadership capacity. “Home health
is integral to Covenant Care’s strategic growth plans and we’re
gratified at the recognition of the quality, experience, expertise and
commitment that the Peoples team will bring to this initiative.”

Terms of the transaction with the privately held Peoples were not
disclosed.

The Peoples Home Health acquisition comes shortly after Covenant Care
announced a significant expansion of its Alzheimer’s care program, with
the fall 2016 opening of the Covenant Memory Care Center at the Joyce
Goldenberg Campus in Pensacola, Fla.

Building on their existing hospice and palliative care programs,
Covenant Care also recently launched a home care program, adding private
duty nursing and companion care to their family of services.

One of 140 providers nationwide, and the only in Northwest Florida,
Covenant Care was selected last year to participate in the Medicare Care
Choices Model, a new demonstration project that allows beneficiaries
with specific diagnoses to elect to receive supportive care services
typically provided by a hospice program – while continuing to receive
curative treatments simultaneously.

The depth and breadth of the service offerings, further expanded by the
addition of Peoples Home Health, establishes Covenant Care as one of the
largest not-for-profit post-acute providers in the Florida Panhandle,
employing more than 700 individuals and caring for nearly 7,000 patients
each year.

“We’re building a model for what a mission-driven, not-for-profit,
post-acute provider will look like in the future,” Mislevy said. “One
with the size and strength to meet the community’s needs, to innovate,
and to lead on measureable quality. It’s a model that we believe can
serve as a template for community-based organizations across the region
and the country.”

About Covenant Care

Covenant Care (www.choosecovenant.org)
is a trusted not-for-profit organization serving Northwest Florida and
South Alabama for more than 30 years. As an integrated, post-acute care
provider, Covenant continues to extend its expertise in compassionate
care beyond hospice services alone, empowering patients with more care
choices and more peace of mind. Covenant Care’s family of services
includes hospice care, palliative care and home care, with specialized
programs for veterans, children and those impacted by Alzheimer’s
disease. Licensed to serve 50 counties in Florida and Alabama, Covenant
is an active member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization and is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s
oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in healthcare.

About Peoples Home Health

Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties, Peoples Home
Health (www.peoples.agency)
is a locally-owned, Medicare-certified home health agency providing
cost-efficient, high quality home health care and patient education
services to assist patients in achieving maximum independence and
enhanced quality of life. Working collaboratively with each patient’s
physician, the Peoples program stresses personalized care tailored to
the needs of each patient.

Conference Call Details

Members of the media are invited to access a press conference with a
question and answer session through the conference call information
below. Participants are encouraged to dial in 10 minutes before the call
begins.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. CST

Dial-in Number: (888) 459-5609

Conference ID#: 10237345

Encore Conference Call Details

A digital recording of the press conference will be available for replay
from 2pm on May 10, 2016 until 11:59pm on May 12, 2016. To access the
encore recording, please dial (800) 585-8367 and use Conference ID#
10237345.

Contacts

Covenant Care
Jenni Perkins, Office: 850-438-9714 or Cell:
850-902-9319
Director of Marketing & Communications
jenni.perkins@choosecovenant.org