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Baton Rouge General and LHC Group Announce Joint Venture

Baton Rouge General and LHC Group (NASDAQ: LHCG) today announced a new joint venture agreement that will enhance home care service in Baton Rouge and help to seamlessly transition patients from the hospital to the home.

“Our vision for the future includes continuing to seek out opportunities to collaborate with like-minded organizations. This agreement is one of those opportunities,” said BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter. “We are proud to partner with LHC Group and their proven team of home health professionals. Working together, we can help more patients recover in the comfort of their own homes, and avoid returning to the hospital unnecessarily.”

Under the agreement, LHC Group will serve as the preferred home health partner for all Baton Rouge General patients. It also creates a Baton Rouge office for LHC Group – a national healthcare provider headquartered in Lafayette, La. The Baton Rouge office will be based on Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus.

Last November, Baton Rouge General released its “Future of Healthcare” report, which outlined its plans to collaborate with other providers to improve community health and the convenience and affordability of care. Hospital and home health partnerships are one key component of helping patients manage their conditions. More than 60 leading hospitals and health systems around the country have partnered with LHC Group to deliver patient-centered care in the home.

“LHC Group has a proven history of successful hospital partnerships that are enhancing post-acute care for patients around the nation, and we are excited about the opportunity to build on our record of success by working with the staff and patients of Baton Rouge General,” said Keith G. Myers, LHC Group’s chairman and CEO. “Working as partners, we will deliver high-quality patient care while helping patients recover and preventing costly and avoidable hospital readmissions. Baton Rouge General is recognized for its commitment to improving lives through the delivery of high-quality patient care, and a seamless continuum of care from hospital to home is part of that commitment.”

Patients with certain conditions are referred to home health as a part of recovery. Physicians then work closely with the home care team to deliver quality, compassionate care designed to help patients transition seamlessly into daily life. In addition to offering health care services, home health professionals also educate patients on their conditions, medication management and nutrition.

About Baton Rouge General

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between multiple campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

About LHC Group, Inc.

LHC Group, Inc. is a national provider of post-acute healthcare services, providing quality, cost-effective healthcare to patients primarily within the comfort and privacy of their home or place of residence. LHC Group provides a comprehensive array of healthcare services through home health, hospice, community-based services agencies and long-term acute care hospitals.

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