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LHC Group Announces a Home Health Joint Venture in Alabama With Troy Regional Medical Center and Southeast Alabama Medical Center

LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:LHCG), a national provider of home health, hospice and comprehensive post-acute healthcare services, today announced that it has entered into a three party home health joint venture with Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) and Troy Regional Medical Center in the Certificate of Need (CON) state of Alabama. The service area includes seven counties with a population of 415,000.

Troy Regional Medical Center, based in Troy, Alabama, is a 97-bed licensed acute care facility operating under a health care authority board and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. The facility serves the same seven counties as the home health and employs over 275 staff members. Specialties include orthopedics, women's health, ENT, podiatry, general surgery, sleep lab, medical detoxification, and pain management with over 100 board certified physicians on staff.

SAMC, based in Dothan, Alabama, is a not-for-profit community health system operating under a health care authority board and dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the 600,000 residents of Southeast Alabama, Southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. It is fully accredited in hospital, behavioral health care, home care and laboratory programs by The Joint Commission. SAMC, a 420-bed licensed facility supported by a medical staff of 310 physicians representing virtually every medical specialty, is recognized as one of the largest employers in the region, employing about 2,700.

"The new partnership will result in improved patient care – helping patients recover in the comfort of their home and preventing costly and avoidable hospital readmissions," said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group's chairman and CEO. "LHC Group has a proven track record of successful hospital partnerships that are enhancing post-acute care for patients around the nation. South Alabama Medical Center and Troy Regional Medical Center are recognized for their commitment to improving lives through the delivery of high-quality patient care, and a seamless continuum of care from hospital to home is part of that commitment. We are proud to partner with both medical centers to deliver superior home health services to the people of Southeast Alabama."

About LHC Group, Inc.

LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of post-acute healthcare services, providing quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice and community-based services agencies in its home-based and hospice-based divisions and long-term acute care hospitals in its facility-based division.

CONTACT: Eric Elliott Investor Relations (337) 233-1307 eric.elliott@lhcgroup.com

Source:LHC Group