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Banner acquires Odyssey Hospice to expand hospice services

Banner Health announced the acquisition of Odyssey Hospice in Maricopa County, which is owned by Gentiva, a national home care and hospice organization based in Atlanta, Ga. Non-profit Banner Health will assume operations of Odyssey Hospice facilities and programs on Dec. 1, 2012. On that date, Banner Hospice will transition Odyssey patients, employees, facilities and programs into Banner.

“This expansion of hospice care is an important part of building a key patient program within Banner’s continuum of community-based services. Banner Hospice is an essential resource for the growing number of patients within insurance plans served by the Banner Health Network,” said Banner Health’s David Baker, chief executive officer of Banner Home Care. “We’re extremely pleased to bring such a high quality service like Odyssey Hospice into Banner Health, and we’re honored to bring such an outstanding group of professionals into Banner,” he continued.

The acquisition includes two in-patient hospice facilities – one in Mesa and the other in Peoria – and all in-home hospice services in Maricopa County. Odyssey’s in-patient hospice unit in Mesa will merge on December 1, and all patients will be transferred into Banner Hospice’s Mesa in-patient facility. “We are committed to ensuring that these transfers occur as smoothly as possible for the patients and their families,” Baker said.

Odyssey Hospice employs more than 130 people in the Phoenix area. It is anticipated that Banner’s daily census of hospice patients in Maricopa County, both in-patient and in-home, will grow to more than 300 patients daily.

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Valley-based HomeSmart Continues to Expand Nationwide

Last month, real ehttp://azbigmedia.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpstate brokerage firm HomeSmart International opened an 800 agent franchise in Denver, Colorado. The nationwide company based in Phoenix, Arizona recently began franchising by offering one of the most attractive business models in the real estate industry, with a focus on increasing their level of realtor knowledge and attentiveness to customer service.

Since opening in January 2000, HomeSmart has had tremendous success by growing to over 6,500 agents. Such unparalleled growth has catapulted HomeSmart to rank as the largest real estate brokerage in the Southwestern United States and among the top five brokerages in the country based on the number of agents.

Denver franchise owner Brad Smith has more than 30 years in the real estate business. Smith felt that affiliating his concept, Home Real Estate, with HomeSmart International was the best way to take his business to the next level. The franchise operates as HomeSmart Realty Group and has offices in Centennial, Lakewood and Westminster.

“Following an extensive international search to provide our agents with the right tools, technology and support systems they need, we are proud to say our partnership in franchising with HomeSmart International delivers just that and more to our agents,” said Brad Smith, franchise owner of HomeSmart Realty Group. “Our agents and their customers will truly benefit with this Smart move!”

HomeSmart emphasizes the importance of being aware of client needs and exceeding their expectations, which in turn builds strong relationships with the buyers and sellers in every market. HomeSmart’s proprietary software also puts its franchise partners ahead of the curve. Created by Founder and Chairman Matt Widdows and his development team, the reputable systems are proven to save business owners huge costs attributed to web hosting, lead generation and back office systems. This allows the franchise owners to provide the technology to their agents for free while allowing them to keep 100 percent of their commissions. Other advantages to HomeSmart’s franchise program include a virtual receptionist, generous fee structure, and a full suite of branding and marketing products.

“It is with great excitement that we announce the move to join forces with Home Real Estate, Brad Smith and over 800 tremendous agents servicing clients in the Greater Denver area,” said HomeSmart International CEO and President Chuck Lemire. “HomeSmart has built its reputation on exceptional customer service with our unique franchise package that gives our brokers and agents a competitive advantage in this industry.”

Earlier this year, HomeSmart launched a number of franchises in California, Arizona, Utah and now Colorado, and will soon be operating in six states. The brokerage also has international operations in Beijing, China. Their goal is to open franchises in the top metropolitan cities across the United States.

For more information on HomeSmart, its franchise opportunities, and community outreach, please visit www.homesmartinternational.com. Follow HomeSmart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homesmart.