Sinfonia HealthCare acquires Serenity Hospice

Sinfonia HealthCare Corp., a new home health-care company launched by former Providence Service Corp. CEO Fletcher McCusker, has announced its third acquisition in Tucson.

Sinfonia has signed an agreement to acquire Serenity Hospice and Palliative Care of Tucson and will immediately manage the business while awaiting Medicare and state approval for the transfer, the company said in a news release.

The acquisition of Serenity adds hospice care to the skilled-nursing home care and personal care provided by Assurance Home Care and Assurance Companion Care, Sinfonia's first two acquisitions.

McCusker said in prepared remarks that the company plans to develop a business that combines all aspects of home health care, including hospice, nursing, companion care, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy, as well as providing medical equipment and oxygen to home-based patients.


Jobless rate held at 7.9% in April

PHOENIX - Arizona's unemployment rate is holding steady at 7.9 percent.

Department of Administration economists reported Thursday that the state added 5,200 nonfarm jobs in April as the seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained at the same level as in February and March.

The 7.9 percent rate in April compares with 8.4 percent in April 2012.

The department said six of the state's 11 economic sectors added jobs in April while four reported losses and one was flat.

The professional and business services sector had the biggest gain with 3,100 additional jobs.

Staff and wire reports