Health Care

Texas-based firm buys parent of Hospice Care of Kansas

Harden Healthcare, a Texas-based company, said Wednesday that it had acquired Voyager HospiceCare.

Voyager is the parent company of Hospice Care of Kansas, based in Wichita.

Hospice Care of Kansas provides services in 56 Kansas counties with more than 400 employees and more than 150 volunteers serving more than 650 clients.

Cindy Keim, regional vice president for Hospice Care of Kansas, said the purchase shouldn't make any difference in operations here.

"We're obviously going to continue to provide the highest quality of care for our patients," she said, with the purchase providing "a stable work environment for our staff."

Harden Healthcare consists of several companies that offer post-acute care for seniors, including skilled nursing, home health care and hospice. It operates in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.

Voyager HospiceCare is based in Fort Worth and offers hospice and home health services in seven states. It is the largest hospice provider in Iowa and Kansas.

Harden Healthcare said the purchase gives it the ability to provide services in 13 states. It will employ about 32,000 people in about 200 locations.

Financial details of the purchase were not disclosed.