LITTLE ROCK —Kindred Healthcare of Louisiana, Ky., and the Arkansas Department of Health said Monday they have completed a previously announced agreement for Kindred to acquire the agency’s in-home, hospice and personal care services for $39 million.

LITTLE ROCK —Kindred Healthcare of Louisiana, Ky., and the Arkansas Department of Health said Monday they have completed a previously announced agreement for Kindred to acquire the agency’s in-home, hospice and personal care services for $39 million.


Kindred reached the agreement with the agency following a state bidding process. The company acquired the agency’s licenses to provide home and personal care services in 69 counties and hospice services in 42 counties.


As part of the agreement, Kindred agreed to retain all current employees and serve all current patients upon their consent. Including the home health and hospice services that Kindred previously provided in Arkansas, Kindred now provides in-home health-care services in 72 of the state’s 75 counties.


"We welcome the agency’s caregivers to our team as we expand our Kindred at Home operations in Arkansas," Benjamin Breier, Kindred’s president and CEO, said in a statement. "We are excited to build on the state’s program and look forward to bringing our care and clinical protocols to these operations to improve the ability of patients to safely return home or to remain in their home."


Arkansas Department of Health Director and State Health Officer Nate Smith said in a statement, "The Arkansas Department of Health is pleased to have completed our agreement with Kindred on schedule, in order to assure continuity of care for patients and a smooth transition for staff. I am happy to see these services continue in Arkansas and am glad that our dedicated staff will have a chance to keep providing these services."


Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he was pleased the transfer of services was completed.


"The sale’s finalization is a great next step for both patients and employees of the program. I look forward to Kindred Healthcare continuing the efforts of ADH in the private sector and keeping patients connected to exceptional home health, hospice and care services in Arkansas," he said.