Jet Health, Inc. Acquires Boise, Idaho-Based First Choice Home Health and Hospice; Marks Company’s Entry into Hospice Arena

Industry News   •   May 08, 2019

Bluebird Homecare, a Nashville, Tennessee-based home care company, has acquired Champion Caregivers in Fort Worth, Texas, and is looking to keep expanding. The company has five locations, including the addition in Fort Worth, and has been in operation since 2015.

“I expect that we will be in three more markets by March 2018,” CEO Stuart Brunson told Home Health Care News.

He declined to share which markets the company is considering, but the company is already in the process of obtaining operating startup offices and acquiring another agency.

In addition to the new Forth Worth location, Bluebird has operations in Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; Louisville, Kentucky; and St. Louis. It provides private duty, non-medical care, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease care, Parkinson’s care, developmental disabilities care, personal health and hygiene assistance, meal preparation and post-surgery recovery, among others.

For all its markets, Bluebird has approximately 300 caregivers, Brunson said. The cost of the company’s basic services can be between $19 and $25 per hour, depending on market and volume. 

Moving to Metro

Bluebird became operational in August 2015 after it acquired an Atlanta agency with a 29-year history. While Bluebird is based in Tennessee, it has no operations in the state. Bluebird has since opened locations in Birmingham, Louisville and St. Louis as startup locations—its preferred expansion strategy—though the company also looks to acquire existing operations.

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jet Health, Inc., a leading regional provider of home health services, announced today the acquisition of First Choice Home Health and Hospice, a Boise, Idaho-based home health and hospice company. The acquisition marks Jet Health’s foray into the hospice arena.

First Choice has provided home health services to patients in the Boise marketplace since 2004. The company began offering hospice services in 2012 when it merged with A Better Way Home. In 2016, First Choice started House Calls, allowing for a continuum of care for home-based patients.

“This transaction with First Choice is strategic and significant for Jet Health in that it signals our entry into the hospice market and extends our home health offering into Idaho, one of the fastest-growing marketplaces in the U.S. today. Adding hospice to the equation rounds out our portfolio of services and benefits both our referral sources and home health patients alike. We look forward to working closely with the entire First Choice team to further strengthen the Company’s offering and market position,” explained Jim Glynn, founder and CEO of Jet Health.

First Choice founders Catherine Jerrems, Pat Toshcoff, Celeste Spencer and Kara Craig commented on joining forces with Jet Health: “We have been looking for the right provider partner with whom to align – one with a similar culture and common mission that would help expand our service offering throughout Idaho as well as across other key markets. We found that partner in Jet Health. Their four cornerstones – superior service, clinical excellence, compliant business practices and an employee-centric environment – mirror those of First Choice. Our business will complement that of Jet Health’s as integrating the two entities will prove beneficial to our new combined patient base.”

Jerrems, Toshcoff and Craig will remain with the Company while Spencer will retire upon close of the transaction.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

This article originally appeared in an article in BusinessWire.