BATON ROUGE, La., Oct. 20, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED), one of the nation’s leading home health care and hospice companies, today announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island (VNALI), a nonprofit organization based in Garden City, New York that once served more than 100 communities throughout Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx. Amedisys acquired substantially all of the assets of VNALI for $4.6 million.

VNALI, founded in 1915, is one of the nation’s oldest Visiting Nurse Associations. Most recently, the Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services gave VNALI a rating of four stars out of five in quality of care for Medicare patients. VNALI performed better than average on 18 of 22 measures for quality through both New York State and the United States. The organization filed for bankruptcy in June, 2015.

“VNALI has developed an outstanding reputation for taking care of patients for the past 100 years and this acquisition allows us to continue that care,” stated Amedisys President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Kusserow. “It is also the first time ever that Amedisys has entered New York City, a heavily urban marketplace, and as a result gives us access to Kings and Queens Counties, among the nation’s largest Medicare populations. It also extends our reach in the densely populated Long Island market, where Tender Loving Care, an Amedisys company, operates facilities in Hicksville and Medford.”

The Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island is a federally and state certified home health agency. Until recently, the organization provided valuable health and community-based services to the region. It has served Long Island residents for more than 100 years and is recognized as one of the country’s top 500 healthcare providers. At one time, the agency served 450 to 500 patients per week.

Amedisys will provide further detail during its third quarter 2016 earnings conference call.

About Amedisys:
Amedisys, Inc. is a leading healthcare at home Company delivering personalized home health, hospice and personal care. Amedisys is focused on delivering the care that is best for our patients, whether that is home-based personal care; 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 16,000 employees, in 421 care centers in 34 states, Amedisys is dedicated to delivering the highest quality of care to the doorsteps of more than 340,000 patients in need every year. For more information about the Company, please visit:

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