Allina Health to Acquire ConnectCare 22 Aug 12

Allina Health has announced its intention to acquire ConnectCare, a non-profit company providing home health care and hospice services to the Glencoe and Hutchinson, Minnesota communities. ConnectCare is a joint venture of Hutchinson Area Health Care and Glencoe Regional Health Services.

“As the business of home care and hospice has become more specialized, regulated and complicated, we felt the need to explore resources beyond Hutchinson Area Health Care and Glencoe Regional Health Services to assure these services would continue at a very high level in our communities,” said Steven Mulder, MD, president, Hutchinson Area Health Care. “We explored a number of options, and Allina Health clearly has the resources and focus to build on the great services our staff have provided over the past 15 years.”

ConnectCare will become part of the Home & Community Services division of Allina Health, which currently provides homecare and hospice services to 28 counties throughout Minnesota.

“Home care and hospice services are an increasingly important part of the health care system” said Robert Wieland,MD, executive vice president, Clinic & Community Division. “We are excited to have ConnectCare join Allina Health and look forward to continuing to work closely with Hutchinson Area Health Care and Glencoe Regional Health Services to meet the care needs of those communities.”

ConnectCare’s 37 employees will join Allina Health, and its operations will be integrated into Excellian, the Allina Health electronic medical record system. The transaction is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, 2013.