BY LARRY DEKLINSKI

MOUNT CARMEL - Family Home Medical Home Health Agency held a grand reopening Tuesday at its new location downtown.

The business moved from the first floor of the former General Cigar Factory building to the first floor of the former Rite-Aid building at the northwest corner of Oak and Fourth streets.

Warren Altomare, CEO, said the new location will better serve the agency, which he said continues to grow.

The facility, which measures approximately 6,500 square feet, was remodeled to accommodate numerous offices. It serves as a base for staff who provide home health services, including home visiting nurses, physical, occupational and speech therapy, homemakers, private duty services and home health aides.

The move comes amid an exciting time for Family Home Medical, which once again achieved HomeCare Elite status, a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health-care providers in the United States, Altomare said. Also, Chief Operating Officer Kathleen Hoffman was named to the Pennsylvania Home Care Association Board of Directors.

Family Home Medical was founded in 1991 by two female entrepreneurs. One was a registered nurse and the other an established business woman. Their vision was to provide quality home health services to the elderly.

In 2003 the company was purchased by Altomare, whose family has owned and operated several businesses in the area since 1955.