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Banner Health acquires Odyssey Hospice to expand hospice services in Maricopa County


PHOENIX (Nov. 1, 2012) – Banner Health today announced the acquisition of Odyssey Hospice in Maricopa County, which is owned by Gentiva, a national home care and hospice organization based in Atlanta, Ga.

Nonprofit Banner Health will assume operations of Odyssey Hospice facilities and programs on Dec. 1, 2012. On that date, Banner Hospice will transition Odyssey patients, employees, facilities, and programs into Banner.

“This expansion of hospice care is an important part of building a key patient program within Banner’s continuum of community-based services. Banner Hospice is an essential resource for the growing number of patients within insurance plans served by the Banner Health Network,” said David Baker, Chief Executive Officer of Banner Home Care. “We’re extremely pleased to bring such a high quality service like Odyssey Hospice into Banner Health, and we’re honored to bring such an outstanding group of professionals into Banner,” he continued.

The acquisition includes two in-patient hospice facilities – one in Mesa and the other in Peoria – and all in-home hospice services in Maricopa County. Odyssey’s in-patient hospice unit in Mesa will merge on Dec.  1, and all patients will be transferred into Banner Hospice’s Mesa in-patient facility. “We are committed to ensuring that these transfers occur as smoothly as possible for the patients and their families,” Baker said.

Odyssey Hospice employs more than 130 people in the Phoenix area. It is anticipated that Banner’s daily census of hospice patients in Maricopa County, both in-patient and in-home, will grow to more than 300 patients daily.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz. and with more than 36,000 employees, nonprofit Banner Health operates 23 hospitals and related health care services in seven states. This includes 10 licensed acute-care hospitals in the Phoenix area as well as Banner Health Network, Banner Medical Group, Banner Health Centers and Clinics, Banner Home Care, Banner Hospice and Banner Surgery Centers. In Arizona, Banner Health is the state’s second largest private employer.

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