Two nonprofit providers of home health, palliative, hospice and grief support services have merged.

Visiting Nurse has acquired Family LifeCare effective March 1.

The two organizations have similar missions, philosophies of care and staff dedicated to serving patients and families in need, according to a news release. The combined organization will now serve nearly 2,000 hospice patients annually and reach individuals in Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Noble, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties.

Over the coming months, the two organizations will align brands to be known as Visiting Nurse in all the counties in which they serve. “I appreciate the thoughtfulness, strategy and approach to honoring the history and community impact of Family LifeCare. Visiting Nurse leadership and board members have gone the extra mile to ensure that patients, families and employees are exceptionally cared for in this combined organization,” said Keith Huffman, Board Chair of Family LifeCare, in a news release.

“As employees become part of this combined organization, we are also welcoming board members from Family LifeCare to also join the governing board of the combined organization. It has been a pleasure to work alongside members of the Transitions Committee that made this partnership possible,” said Joe Byers, Visiting Nurse Board Chair, in a news release.

Together, Visiting Nurse and Family LifeCare have more than 156 years of experience caring for patients and families in Northeast Indiana. Combining as one organization will further strengthen their community impact and positioning in an ever-competitive healthcare marketplace.

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This article originally appeared in an article in Home Health Care News.