Island Hospital’s home-health agency has been purchased by Canyon Home Care & Hospice, a Utah-based company that owns and operates services at 12 other locations. The sale was approved by the hospital Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting today.
Island Hospital Home Health was one of very few hospital-based home-health services still in operation. Most hospitals that previously owned this type of service have sold or closed them over the past 20 years.
“We identified that changes administering home health care services necessitated a level of expertise that we could no longer support,” said Vince Oliver, Island Hospital CEO. “We sought a partner that would offer industry knowledge and patient-care experience that would meet the standard of care provided by Island Hospital. We believe that Canyon Home Care & Hospice is a perfect fit to maintain excellent home-health services for the communities we serve.”
Canyon provides Medicaid- and Medicare-approved home health, personal, hospice and pediatric care at eight locations in Utah, three in Idaho and one in Oregon. This is Canyon’s first Washington-based service.
Current home-health patients will become patients of Canyon. “We are working closely with Canyon to ensure a seamless transition in patient care,” Oliver said, adding that there are currently 90 to 100 home-health patients.
“Our organization places a high value on our employees and understands their critical importance in creating an optimal patient experience,” said Canyon Managing Partner Eddie Norris. “We will be communicating directly with current home-health employees regarding opportunities available within our organization.”
In addition, Canyon will remain in the same office space at 2601 26th St., Anacortes.