AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Girling Health Care and Harden
Healthcare announced today that Harden Healthcare has acquired Girling
Health Care, effective Thursday, November 29, 2007. Because the two
companies are privately held and for competitive reasons, financial details
have not been disclosed.
Girling Health Care was founded in Austin in 1967 by Bob and Bettie
Girling and has home health operations in Florida, Illinois, New York,
Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. The company also offers hospice services in
Texas. Harden Healthcare, also headquartered in Austin, was founded in 2001
and consists of several companies that offer a post-acute continuum of
care, primarily for seniors, including skilled nursing, assisted living,
rehabilitation, hospice and home healthcare. With the baby boom generation
aging, the market for home health services is expected to continue to be
"Girling Health Care has enjoyed many years of success. As we look to
the future, we are excited to join forces with Harden Healthcare, a company
that has become a major force in providing excellent healthcare in Texas,"
Dr. Bettie Girling, president and CEO of Girling Health Care, said. "Our
two companies share very similar values and we are confident that our
clients will continue to receive the same high level of care that they have
come to expect from Girling."
Dr. Girling continued, "Our family would like to thank the Austin
medical community and the community at large for their support over these
last forty years, and especially those who have let us come into their
homes to provide care for them when they needed help. Leaving is hard, but
we know our patients will continue to receive excellent care from Harden
"Harden Healthcare is honored to partner with Girling Health Care. With
40 years of providing excellent service to their customers and referral
sources, Girling represents the finest in the home health field," Steve
Hicks, chairman of Harden Healthcare and Capstar Partners, said. "We are
excited about the future of the combined companies."
Harden Healthcare acquired two home health companies, Auxi Health and
American HomeCare, earlier this year. With the addition of Girling, all
home health operations will operate under the Girling Health Care name. Lew
Little, CEO of Harden Healthcare, will also serve as CEO of Girling Health
Care. "This merger creates a win-win for our patients who will receive the
same great patient care they have come to expect from Girling Health Care,
with broader access to services through Harden Healthcare. Harden will
focus its expansion in the central U.S. to provide a post-acute continuum
of care for the elderly and infirmed," Little said. "As a result, those
patients will be able to utilize a range of services as their healthcare
Auxi Health provides similar services to those offered by Girling,
including continuous and intermittent nursing care, as well as physical
therapy and home health aide services. Auxi Health is headquartered in
Austin and includes operations in four states: Texas, Iowa, Missouri and
West Virginia. American HomeCare is based in Missouri.
About Harden Healthcare
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Harden Healthcare was founded in
December, 2001, for the purpose of providing a complete continuum of care
for seniors and others needing short- and long-term healthcare. The
company, which offers a holistic approach to care, is comprised of several
complementary subsidiaries including TRISUN Healthcare (skilled nursing and
assisted living facilities), MBS Rehab, MBS Pharmacy (providing services to
the long-term care industry), Lighthouse Hospice and Auxi Health. For more
information, visit http://www.hardenhealthcare.com.
About Girling Health Care
Girling Health Care provides a variety of home health, personal care
and hospice services for clients in Florida, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, and Texas. Services include skilled nursing, hospice,
occupational therapy, medication management, and cardiac pulmonary care.
Girling's largest market is Texas, where it operates in more than 20 cities
throughout the state. The family-owned company was founded in 1967 by Bob
and Bettie Girling. For more information, visit http://www.girling.com.
Contact: Elizabeth Christian or Meg Meo,
Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations
SOURCE Harden Healthcare