Upstate HomeCare acquires Mohawk Valley Home Care; plans to add jobs

CLINTON, N.Y. - Upstate HomeCare has announced their asset acquisition of Mohawk Valley Home Care, a subsidiary of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.

The move expands Upstate HomeCare’s already strong presence in upstate New York, and will add jobs to their existing workforce. The transition will be completed in the next 30 days. Upstate HomeCare’s headquarters in Clinton will be expanding to accommodate the acquisition. They have already purchased property, adjacent to their current offices, which includes two buildings they will be renovating for warehouse space and a training facility. The new facilities will double their current Clinton space.

Upstate HomeCare, based in Clinton, NY, currently employs 120 people, and will increase their workforce by roughly 10%. The company was founded in 1985, and is celebrating its 25th year in business. “This partnership is a perfect way to celebrate 25 years in business,” stated Anthony Artessa, President and Chief Executive Officer of Upstate HomeCare. The move takes place just one year after a major expansion of Upstate HomeCare’s Rochester business, a welcome success story in a down economy. “We are pleased to work with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare and extend our services to their patients,” added Artessa. “Our organization is continually looking for ways to enhance our services and delivery of care for the communities we serve.” Mohawk Valley Home Care provides durable medical equipment, including oxygen, for patients in their homes.

The 24-person firm serves Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Upstate HomeCare will now supply I.V. therapies, oxygen and durable medical equipment through Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare’s Home Care Services program, which also includes Senior Network Health (SNH) and Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). MVHC will maintain their nursing license, and continue to provide home care for patients requiring nursing services.

M. Kate Rolf, Executive Director of Home Care Services for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, also sees the move as a benefit for patients and the local economy. “The ability to partner with a larger, more diverse durable medical equipment company is a welcome opportunity for Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare,” she said. “Upstate has an excellent reputation. Their size and outreach can better support the needs of our patients and keep the cost of care more affordable.”

The organizations are working on a transition plan for patients with existing service agreements and employees. “Our first priority is to make the transition smooth and problem-free for all of MVHC’s patients,” said Artessa. “Together with Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, we’ll make sure their needs, and the needs of our combined employees, are met. We are all committed to provide exceptional care, improving the lives of our patients, and giving our employees all the support they need.” The acquisition was coupled with MVHC and Upstate HomeCare entering into a preferred provider agreement, expanding their patients’ coverage for premium care services.

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