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Camellia Healthcare acquisition gives it an Alabama footprint

camelliaSpecial to the MBJ

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – Camellia Home Health & Hospice, a Mississippi-based healthcare company, has acquired Lawley Premier Hospice Care of Rainbow City, Ala. Situated near Gadsden, the hospice has operated since 2008, serving patients primarily in Etowah, Cherokee, Calhoun and St. Clair counties of Alabama.

The acquisition marks Camellia’s entrance into the Alabama market. Camellia, headquartered in Hattiesburg, already operates home health and hospice services in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee. Camellia plans to retain former Lawley employees as the company continues providing hospice services to its Alabama service area.

“Camellia has examined the Alabama market for years and we finally found the ideal situation that will best serve our company and the community,” Abb Payne, President of Camellia Healthcare, said in a news release. “This was the perfect opportunity to partner with an established and reputable provider of hospice services. We look forward to working with the excellent team members already in place as we continue providing high quality hospice care to patients and families.”

The facility will continue operating under the Lawley name, and owner Brent Lawley will remain as the facility’s top administrator.

“This is a positive step for the community and the patients and families we serve,” Lawley said. “Camellia has a long track record in outstanding care and this will help position us to continue providing this needed service to this region of Alabama.”

Founded in 1974, Camellia Healthcare is a Medicare certified, state licensed provider of home health and hospice services.  Camellia has 42 home health and/or hospice offices located throughout Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee. The company employs approximately 950 caregivers and staff and also operates services providing private duty nursing, pharmacy services, and Urgent Care facilities.

This year, Camellia is celebrating its 40th anniversary and has been named one of Mississippi’s Best Places to Work by the Mississippi Business Journal, one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine and consistently appears on the Mississippi Business Journal’s list of Mississippi’s Fastest Growing Companies.

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