Home nursing company LHC Group will serve as Baton Rouge General’s preferred home health partner for its patients under a joint venture announced Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, Lafayette-based LHC Group will open an office on Baton Rouge General’s Mid City campus.

The partners said the deal will help the General’s patients seamlessly transition from care at the hospital to care inside the home.

Baton Rouge General President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Slyter said the joint venture also will help patients manage their care and avoid returning to the hospital unnecessarily.

Partnerships with home health companies were among the key components the General targeted in its “Future of Healthcare” report, released in November. LHC Group has partnered with more than 60 hospitals and health systems nationwide to deliver home care.