High Point’s Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County will merge Sept. 30, the groups have announced.

The merger, which still needs approval from both boards of directors, has been in the works for about a year. Neither group expects layoffs as a result of the merger.

Trent Cockerham, president and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont, will lead the combined organization as CEO. Rhonda Moffitt, CEO of Hospice of Randolph County, will serve as president and chief operating officer.

The two groups served more than 2,000 patients last year across their combined eight-county service area. Each organization provides in-home hospice care, as well as inpatient services at Hospice of the Piedmont’s 18- bed Hospice Home at High Point and Hospice of Randolph County’s 16-bed Randolph Hospice House, bereavement services, and palliative care programming.

“Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice of Randolph County are very similar in mission, vision, and care delivery,” Moffitt said. “Our ultimate goal is to continue to walk the path of serious illness with those we serve and to expand our services in order to provide care to more individuals and families every year.”

It’s the second merger in as many months for large hospice groups in the Triad.In March, Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell and Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro announced a merger, which will result in serving a combined 3,000 patients annually.

Burlington is home to HPCAC’s 22-bed hospice home. HPCG operates its 14-bed Beacon Place hospice home in Greensboro.

“Last year, there was significant investment in the for-profit hospice provider space in North Carolina. Consistent with national trends, for-profits account for more than two-thirds of all hospice providers nationally and more than one-half of all hospice providers across our service area,” explains Trent Cockerham, president and CEO of Hospice of the Piedmont. “These developments, along with a host of other considerations, help create opportunities in an increasingly crowded hospice marketplace.”

This article originally appeared in an article in BizJournals.