CareSouth Health System, Inc.
CareSouth Health System, Inc.

CareSouth Announces Agreement to Purchase Florida Palliative Home Care

CareSouth Health System, Inc., announces agreement to purchase FP Home Care of Ocala, Florida. The home health care agency will begin doing business as CareSouth Homecare Professionals effective immediately.

Ocala, FL, July 12, 2011 --( CareSouth Health System, Inc., the largest privately held home health services provider in Georgia, announced today that it has signed an agreement to purchase Florida Palliative Home Care of Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties, (d/b/a FP Homecare) a Medicare certified home health agency in Ocala, Florida. The transaction is targeted for completion September 1, 2011.

Effective immediately, the agency will begin doing business as CareSouth Homecare Professionals continuing to serve Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. The current administrator, Sharon Stucky, RN, will remain as Director of Operations/Administrator and the current staff will continue to provide skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, medical social work and home health aide services. The CareSouth transition team will work closely with the Ocala location over the next two months to implement CareSouth policies and processes.

Key areas of transition focus for the Ocala location will be the training and implementation of CareSouth’s Clinical Specialty programs: Heartwise, Breathwise, Joint Replacement, Balance/Fall Prevention, Diabetes Management, Stroke Rehabilitation and Wound Care. Additionally, the agency will begin offering CareSouth Alert – CareSouth’s medical alert product, as well as CareSouth Connect, a state-of-the-art telehealth program. In the upcoming months, CareSouth’s point-of-care documentation system will be implemented and all staff will receive extensive customer service training. CareSouth will also work with the agency to obtain ACHC accreditation by year end.

The acquisition marks the third CareSouth home health agency in Florida and is a component of the company’s strategic plan of growth through acquisition and development.

“We are very excited to be a part of this thriving Florida community,” said Rick Griffin, CEO and President of CareSouth. “Our focus on growing the CareSouth brand is contingent on finding quality locations and building on solid, patient-centric values. FP Homecare had all of those qualifications and more. During this transition, and moving forward, we will build on that foundation with the CareSouth commitment of providing more for our clients every day.”

CareSouth Homecare Professionals of Ocala, Florida, is currently located at 9505 SW 110th Street. The local phone number is 850-522-4211.

In addition to Georgia and Florida, CareSouth Health System, Inc., is a leading provider of home health services in Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. CareSouth owns 15 Medicare certified home health care agencies with 38 individual offices and employs more than 900 individuals. The company’s corporate headquarters are based in Augusta, Georgia.

For more information about CareSouth Homecare Professionals visit or call 800.241.3363.

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Diana Porter