Hackensack, NJ, January 30, 2012 – Accredited Health Services (AHS) announced today that on January 23rd the company acquired certain assets of Midpoint Healthcare Services, Inc. (Midpoint).  The acquisition adds private-duty nursing to AHS’ services, expands AHS employee base from 800 to 1,000 certified home health aides and nurses, and increases AHS’ coverage area.  AHS will now provide homecare coverage in Monmouth and Ocean counties, to go along with previous coverage in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Essex, Union, and Middlesex counties in New Jersey.  Branch offices include Hackensack, South Orange and Perth Amboy, while Recruitment sites include Elizabeth, Paterson and Union City.  The acquisition also gives AHS accreditation with both the Commission on Accreditation for Home Care (CAHC) and the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Accreditation from these organizations demonstrates AHS’ adherence to the highest standards of care.

 

In addition to further expanding the size of Accredited’s nursing and care giving staff, the acquisition of these assets provides AHS with entry into the market of private-duty nursing.  The impetus for the acquisition came from client requests to provide nursing that offers an advanced level of care.  AHS will now have the ability to care for individuals of all ages needing complex medical care such as wound care, ventilator and tracheotomy care, medication administration, nutritional support via a gastrostomy tube, and education.  Adding the private-duty component to AHS’ service gives patients the full continuum of care that enables them to stay in the comfort of their homes longer.

 

“This acquisition not only lets us offer greater continuity of care as patients’ needs change over time, but it also makes it possible to keep patients living at home longer, instead of moving to a skilled nursing facility as healthcare demands increase,” explained Melissa Eschert, President of Accredited Health Services.  “It is a strategic move that directly addresses the needs of our patients and their families while minimizing pressure on the strained healthcare infrastructure that is prevalent from coast to coast and is certainly evident in New Jersey.”

 

As part of the acquisition, Midpoint’s  regional director, Irma Camaligan, RN, is joining the AHS senior management team as Vice President in charge of among other things, private-duty nursing.  “We are all excited about joining the AHS team,” said Camaligan.  “Together, we can meet the full continuum of home care needs in New Jersey with greater efficiency and efficacy.  It’s a match that serves patients, and their families, and the caregiving staff of AHS and Midpoint well.”