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Dallas-headquartered post-acute care provider AccentCare disclosed last week that Laura Tortorella will take over as chief executive officer next month. She will replace Steve Rodgers, who held the role for 11 years, according to a release.

“I am honored and thrilled to join AccentCare.” Tortorella said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the 30,000 compassionate AccentCare professionals across the nation to meet the country’s growing post-acute care needs.”  

She was previously chief operational officer at Steward Health System, a community hospital provider and accountable care organization that serves more than 2 million patients yearly, according to its website. In this role, Tortorella spearheaded acquisitions and handled labor management efforts.

Laura Tortorella will take over as CEO of AccentCare on October 2, 2023.

“She has seen firsthand the value of home health and hospice care within the continuum of post-acute services and understands the critical needs an organization like AccentCare is working to solve,” said Carmine Petrone, managing director of AccentCare’s parent company, Advent International, in a statement. “Laura is the right leader to bring AccentCare to new heights moving forward.”

AccentCare provides home care, palliative care, hospice and personal care services to more than 200,000 patients across 250 locations in 31 states, according to the release. In his decade-plus of leadership, Rogers was credited for leaving behind this “legacy of growth and evolution within a changing industry,” it noted.

Rogers will remain with AccentCare through the end of 2023 as an advisor to ease the transition. He said he is looking forward to working with Tortorella, who will begin on Oct. 2, and is thankful for his time spent with the organization.

AccentCare is the largest home healthcare company backed by a private equity firm, according to a June study. In 2020, it gathered twice as much revenue from Medicare on average than Elara Caring, Interim HealthCare, Aveanna Healthcare and Mission Healthcare, the study found.