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LHC Group Builds Operations in Lafayette, Louisiana

LHC Group broke ground on the home health company’s $46 million operations center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 500 direct jobs.

The expansion will include 204,000 square feet of new office space, which will bring LHC Group’s total home office facility to 270,000 square feet. Enlarging the home office will occur in two phases. The first phase will begin immediately, with completion expected by the end of 2020. The second phase will follow by building out two reserve-expansion floors, providing enough space for additional employees in the future. The LHC Group expansion will generate 400 construction jobs at peak building activity.

“As LHC Group has grown to become one of the nation’s leading providers of in-home healthcare, so too has the demand for the services we provide, both here in Louisiana and across the country,” LHC Group Chairman & CEO Keith Myers said. “With our expanded home office facilities in Lafayette, we will be able to more efficiently provide the support our clinicians require to meet that demand. Louisiana is our home, and our company is grateful to the state for supporting our efforts along the way and helping make this project a reality.”

Last April, The LHC Group completed its merger with Almost Family of Louisville, Kentucky. The combined companies, operating under LHC Group, now cover 60 percent of the nation’s age 65-and-older population.

“The sick, injured and infirm residents of our communities are among the most vulnerable people, especially as they age, and today’s LHC groundbreaking means more of these residents will gain access to the quality care and support they need,” Governor John Bel Edwards said. “LHC Group is a homegrown company that through a series of successful acquisitions has spread the compassion and medical expertise of Acadiana to 36 states. Today’s groundbreaking affirms LHC Group’s commitment to Louisiana. LHC recognizes our highly skilled workforce, our welcoming business climate, and the commitment of everyone in Acadiana and Louisiana who has helped LHC grow from a small firm to the second-largest home health provider in the U.S.”

To secure the project, the State of Louisiana provided a competitive incentive package that includes a $3.5 million performance-based grant to offset the costs of temporary facility space, recruitment efforts and relocation efforts associated with the project. LHC Group will receive the comprehensive solutions of LED FastStart state workforce development program.

“The growth of LHC Group into one of the largest home-healthcare providers in the United States will translate into more jobs and more prosperity in Acadiana,” said President & CEO Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “Healthcare is the largest, single employing industry in the region. LHC Group’s existing jobs and the new jobs that will be created will continue to contribute to the region’s diversification efforts. LHC Group’s commitment to grow here will help establish Lafayette’s position as one of the major healthcare hubs in the Southeast U.S.”

“From their roots in rural St. Landry Parish to the exciting expansion of their home office campus here in Lafayette, LHC Group has been an anchor in Acadiana for 25 years,” said President & CEO Troy Wayman of One Acadiana. “1A could not be prouder to partner with such an innovative leader in the healthcare sector and we are excited to celebrate their phenomenal growth.”

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