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Lutheran Home Care acquires Sacred Heart Hospital operations

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Lutheran Home Care & Hospice Inc. has acquired the home health and hospice operations of Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown.

The service will continue to operate under the Sacred Heart Visiting Nurses and Sacred Heart Hospice names, according to a news release, and the existing staff will join LHCH to provide home health, in-home support and hospice care to individuals and families throughout the Greater Lehigh Valley region.

“Through this transition, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients the same level of exceptional service delivered by the same friendly, compassionate nurses,” John Nespoli, Sacred Heart president and CEO, said in a news release announcing the May 21 acquisition.

“Lutheran Home Care & Hospice’s acquisition of Sacred Heart represents a natural fit, as both organizations share the same mission of providing compassionate, exceptional care to individuals and families in the comfort of their own homes,” said Terry Shade, CEO of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice.

LHCH, a faith-based nonprofit, is based in Chambersburg. It provides home health care, home health telemonitoring, hospice and in-home support services in southcentral and northeastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.

Started in 1978, LHCH expanded into northeast Pennsylvania in 2012 after the integration of Diakon’s home health and hospice programs. Several weeks ago it announced that it is exploring the possibility of affiliating with VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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