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Amedisys Closes Associated Home Care Acquisition

BATON ROUGE, La., March 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), one of America's leading home health and hospice companies, as of March 1, 2016, has closed on the previously announced acquisition of Associated Home Care for $28 million.

“This is our first acquisition of a private-duty company and is an important step in realizing our strategy of expanding our capabilities across the home health continuum,” stated Amedisys President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Kusserow. “By coming together, the two organizations will benefit from one another’s expertise, resources, and best practices. The result will be even better care and service to our patients – both within Massachusetts and eventually, in many of the communities Amedisys serves across the country."

Associated Home Care, headquartered in North Andover, Massachusetts, cares for more than 5,000 seniors each day and has more than 1,500 employees with nine branch offices located in Massachusetts.

About Amedisys:

Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health and hospice care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based recovery and rehabilitation after an operation or injury, care focused on empowering them to manage a chronic disease, or hospice care at the end of life. More than 2,200 hospitals and 61,900 physicians nationwide have chosen Amedisys as a partner in post-acute care. Founded in 1982, headquartered in Baton Rouge, LA with an executive office in Nashville, TN, Amedisys is a publicly held company. With more than 13,000 employees, in 411 care centers in 34 states, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of 360,000 patients in need every year. For more information about the Company, please visit: www.amedisys.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements:

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Media Contact: Kendra Kimmons Marketing & Communications 225-299-3720 kendra.kimmons@amedisys.com

Source:Amedisys, Inc.