Apria Lends Critical Support in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

– Local Branches Join Together to Deliver Respiratory Equipment to
High Acuity Patients –

LAKE FOREST, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As the devastating Hurricane Matthew continues to bring severe rains,
winds and floods to the Southeastern U.S., Apria Healthcare – one of the
nation’s largest home healthcare companies – remains steadfast in
delivering equipment to hundreds of critical respiratory patients in the
affected areas.

The storms may have hit the Carolinas last Saturday, but Apria had begun
its vigilant planning and relief efforts well in advance. Given the
critical nature of home respiratory equipment, Apria has well
established emergency preparedness protocols across the country. As part
of these protocols, Apria tracked Hurricane Matthew’s path, alerted its
local branch managers to the timing of the storm’s anticipated arrival,
checked equipment inventory, held weekly (sometimes even daily) calls
with its distribution centers to help make sure adequate inventory was
on hand and ready to deliver, and individually contacted hundreds of
patients to ensure they would know what to expect in terms of support
from Apria and how to access that support as they prepared for the
looming storm.

Since Hurricane Matthew’s landfall, the local teams have worked night
and day to deliver much-needed ventilators and respiratory equipment to
hundreds of patients. These branches span across Charleston, Savannah,
Myrtle Beach and Florence in South Carolina, as well as Fayetteville,
Wilmington and Greenville in North Carolina.

“It has been truly inspiring to see our teams and community in action
during this difficult and tragic time,” said Chad Rickman, Market Vice
President in NC and SC. “We have a serious ‘all hands on deck’ situation
here, and every single member of these branches – from technicians, to
sales representatives, respiratory therapists and branch managers – have
gone to tremendous lengths to stay on the ground and deliver what is
needed. We are right in the thick of it now, but will continue to be
personally available to our patients as the storm persists.”

This unwavering support is driven by Apria’s nationwide emergency
preparedness plan, which aims to prepare local branches for natural
disasters that may affect patients’ safety, homes and life-sustaining
respiratory equipment. Most recently during the 2016 Louisiana flooding,
Apria employees contacted more than 700 patients and travelled through
dangerous weather to successfully deliver equipment to hundreds of
displaced families. “Fighting for our patients is a value that the
entire Apria team embodies,” added Chad. “From the CEO, to our local
branch staff, we are proud to stand together and do everything in our
power to help our communities.”

For more information on Apria, visit www.apria.com.

About Apria Healthcare Group Inc.

Apria is a privately held company owned by a group of investment limited
partnerships managed by affiliates of Blackstone (NYSE:BX). Through its
Apria Healthcare LLC operating unit, Apria provides home respiratory
therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, home enteral nutrition therapy
and support, and home medical equipment through more than 370 locations
throughout the continental United States and Hawaii and serves more than
1.8 million patients each year. As one of the nation’s largest and
leading home healthcare companies, Apria was the first company of its
type to obtain voluntary accreditation from The Joint Commission and has
been continuously accredited for more than 25 years. For more
information, visit www.apria.com.


Apria Healthcare Group Inc.
Chris Gorciak