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Ensign Group acquires hospice agencies in Arizona and California

Ensign Group announced that it has acquired Emblem Hospice, located in Mesa, Arizona, and Vesper Hospice, located in Pasadena, California, from Saint Jude Hospice. Effective January 1, 2013, these two agencies will be operated by a subsidiary of Cornerstone Healthcare, Ensign's home health and hospice-based portfolio subsidiary. Ensign expects these newly-acquired agencies to be accretive to earnings in 2013.