SCL Health System, along with its joint venture partner, Scottsdale-based Univita Health, announced today the acquisition of Denver-based All Care Home Health LLC. Terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition of All Care, a home healthcare company that provides skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and social work services in metro Denver, is a major milestone in the joint venture’s strategy to expand its healthcare services to consumers with customized care in the home.

SCL Health, in partnership with Univita, is introducing the new integrated acute and post-acute care delivery model at three SCL Health hospitals in metro Denver – Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center, Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center as well as the Exempla Physician Network. The addition of All Care’s home health expertise will ensure patients receive high-quality, comprehensive and well-coordinated care from the time of admission and through the home-recovery process. The acquisition does not impact All Care’s ongoing operations and the company will continue to serve its current patients, physicians and hospitals.

“All Care’s mission is well-aligned with the joint venture’s plan to establish an integrated care delivery model,” said Dr. Rick Lopes, senior vice president of health networks at SCL Health System. “Our goal is to establish a more cost-effective care model that expands the continuum of care from hospital to home, reducing the length of hospitalizations, decreasing unnecessary readmissions and improving the overall patient experience.”

The new integrated care delivery program is designed to better coordinate care for patients as they transition from hospital to home. All Care’s specially trained clinicians and caregivers will help to manage care and consult with the patients and their families.

Specifically, when patients are recovering at home, an All Care specialist will visit, perform a comprehensive assessment and oversee all components of care, such as medication compliance, diet, physical therapy and emotional well-being. This extension of care following initial hospital stays has been proven to reduce the number of readmissions attributed to complications and be more cost-effective.

“As a result of this acquisition, All Care is well-positioned to grow as a leading provider of home care in the Denver area,” said Vinod Bhasin, former president of All Care Home Health. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with the patients, physicians and hospitals we’ve been serving for over 20 years and to offer our expertise in creating an innovative care delivery model.”

The acquisition of All Care will enable even more collaboration between SCL Health hospitals, health plans and other provider organizations within the Denver metropolitan area. The programs and resources being made available through the joint venture have been refined through years of experience with managed care organizations and risk-bearing physician groups. More recently, the core elements of these programs have demonstrated value in Univita’s relationship with the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic.