Allegheny Health Network (AHN) has acquired majority ownership of Klingensmith Healthcare (KHC), one of western Pennsylvania’s leading suppliers of respiratory and home medical equipment (HME) and related services, officials announced today. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. According to John Paul, President and Chief Executive Officer of AHN, the acquisition of Klingensmith represents another significant step forward in efforts to establish more comprehensive community and home based services to complement AHN’s broad spectrum of inpatient and outpatient programs. In early November, AHN also announced a joint venture with Celtic Healthcare to create the region’s second largest provider of home health and hospice services. “Our strategy is to build a first-in-class, fully-integrated set of high quality, efficient and lower cost home based services that allow us to provide patients with the full continuum of care they may need outside the four walls of the hospital. With Celtic Healthcare and now Klingensmith, we have embraced innovative and highly successful leaders in their respective industries to make that vision a reality,” said Mr. Paul. AHN has assumed a controlling interest in Klingensmith, with a minority ownership stake taken by the Johns Hopkins Home Care Group, which brings to the partnership more than 30 years of experience in providing home medical equipment and complex clinical respiratory services to patients. Headquartered in Ford City PA, Klingensmith is one of the largest independent providers of home medical supplies and services in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, encompassing respiratory, recovery and rehab product lines with a strong reputation for same day delivery, innovative technology, and patient-centered programs. The company has served the respiratory and home medical equipment market for more than three decades and currently touches greater than 9,000 patients annually in 18 western PA counties, six WV counties and four OH counties. It also has three retail store fronts across the region and employs 195 people.