Stonerise at Home, a provider of home health care, has expanded its services into the Upper Ohio Valley as a result of a recent acquisition.

The company has acquired new territory in Northern West Virginia, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Ohio from Medical Services of America, which had operated in the area as MediHome Health Agency.

As a result, Stonerise at Home now is operating out of former MediHome offices in New Martinsville, St. Clairsville, Woodsfield and Wintersville, said spokesman Chris Stadelman, representing the Research and Public Affairs Group. The new owner is providing the same services that MediHome offered, he said.

“In the Northern Panhandle and the three Ohio offices in (St. Clairsville, Woodsfield and Wintersville), the acquisition involved about 140 home health patients and about two dozen hospice patients in Ohio,” he said.

All of the former MediHome employees are working for Stonerise, Stadelman said. “No jobs were lost,” he said. At this time, no new employees have been added.

After the acquisition, Stonerise at Home will employ a total of 225 people in the two states.

Stonerise at Home now offers services in 31 counties in West Virginia and 12 in Ohio.

Home health services are offered in Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties through the New Martinsville office, Stadelman said. Home health and hospice are offered to residents in Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont and Monroe counties through the offices in St. Clairsville, Woodsfield and Wintersville, he said.

Stonerise at Home doesn’t offer hospice in West Virginia, he said, noting that a regulatory process is required for that service.

“The skilled professionals from Stonerise at Home work cooperatively with health care providers to help patients thrive where they live,” said Jessica Hudson, director of Stonerise at Home. “Services include skilled nursing, a wide range of therapy services, home health aides and medical social services.”

Skilled nursing services include medication management, wound care and intravenous therapies. Physical, occupational and speech therapies also are available through the company.

In a separate transaction, Stonerise at Home added home health service areas in North Central West Virginia that were owned previously by MVA Health Association. Services are now provided in Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Preston and Taylor counties.

Stonerise at Home receives administrative and consulting services from Stonerise Healthcare LLC, which also provides those services to 16 skilled nursing centers in West Virginia. One of its facilities is Valley Haven, a 60-bed skilled nursing center in Beech Bottom that serves short- and long-term patients in Brooke County and the surrounding region.

Hudson said, “We understand how critical communication and coordination among all health care providers is, and we do everything we can to maximize that. It not only makes life simpler for patients and their families, it improves care and minimizes the likelihood of avoidable hospital readmissions.”

This article originally appeared in an article on The Weirton Daily Times.