LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) – Home health company LHC Group is expanding its Lafayette headquarters.


Local media report that Gov. John Bel Edwards and LHC Group Chief Executive Keith Myers announced the expansion Friday.


The move will create 500 new jobs. Those jobs are expected to have an average salary of $40,000 with benefits.


The Advertiser reports the company was founded in 1994 in St. Landry Parish and has grown to 780 locations with 32,000 employees. The expansion will triple the size of the company’s current home office and is expected to create as many as 400 temporary construction jobs.


The Advocate reports that LHC Group last year acquired Kentucky-based Almost Family, making it the country’s second-largest home health provider.

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