Amedisys looks for new office space in BR _lowres

Advocate file photo -- Amedisys recently sold its office building on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard in a move to American Way and is moving top executives to Nashville, Tennessee.

Home nursing giant Amedisys Inc., which opened a Nashville executive office in July, may be looking to shed the South Sherwood Forest Boulevard site that now houses the company’s corporate offices.

“For the past couple of months, we’ve been exploring different options with our building on Sherwood, looking at the possibility of leasing some of our space or the possibility of even moving if we can find another space that better suits our needs,” spokeswoman Kendra Kimmons said. “We haven’t found anything yet. We are looking at some properties. But no decisions have been made on anything.”

Amedisys purchased the Sherwood building in February 2005 for $4.2 million. It had previously been a Schwegmann’s grocery store. The company then spent more than two years converting the 110,000-square-foot space into a modern office building, installing skylights, multiple atriums and banks of windows along the front. When the office opened in April 2007, Amedisys said its total investment in the Sherwood office topped $23 million.

Kimmons said the Sherwood office building is now bigger than what Amedisys needs.

In April, the company announced it was writing off a failed in-house-designed software system and eliminating dozens of information technology jobs. In July, Amedisys said it was moving 33 of its top executives to a satellite office in Nashville and expected the move to be completed by the end of the year. The Tennessee Department of Economic Development said the move will create 120 new jobs over the next five years.

At the time the new Tennessee office was announced, Amedisys officials said there were about 410 employees working out of its corporate offices on Sherwood. CEO Paul Kusserow said Baton Rouge will remain the headquarters for the home health care company and the center of activity for general financial functions.

“Our executive team will be moving back and forth between offices, so there’s not going to be a huge difference in terms of our presence in Baton Rouge,” he told The Advocate.

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