Air Liquide is continuing to develop its home healthcare business in Europe with the acquisition of Betamed S.A., a major home healthcare provider in Poland. Betamed specialises in the care of patients with severe pathologies, either at home or in its specialised clinic in Chorzów in Silesia. This acquisition enables the Group to strengthen its presence in Poland and to expand its range of services to support patients suffering from complex forms of chronic diseases.
Founded in 2001 and headed by Beata Drzazga, Betamed S.A. is the Polish leader in home healthcare for patients suffering from severe pathologies, such as respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease, neuromuscular diseases or paraplegia. The company supports 5,000 patients, and also runs a specialised clinic with over 100 beds for dependent patients, both adults and children, who require mechanical ventilation. In 2020, Betamed S.A. generated revenue of nearly 25 million euros.
Since 2012, Air Liquide has made several acquisitions in home healthcare in Poland, and is now a recognised player in mechanical ventilation at home, in the country. The acquisition of Betamed S.A. marks a new stage in the development of its home healthcare business in Poland, as it enables the Group to offer its patients a broader, more diversified and complementary range of services across the entire care pathway, through an extended geographical presence. In addition to the expertise of the founder of Betamed S.A., Beata Drzazga, Air Liquide Healthcare will rely on the existing teams to further develop its business.
Diana Schillag, member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising the Healthcare business line, declared:
“We are pleased to welcome to Air Liquide Healthcare the teams of Betamed S.A., recognised for their expertise in the monitoring and care of patients with severe pathologies. This operation will enable the Group to strengthen its offer and its presence in home healthcare in Poland, in line with the strategy that the Group is deploying in the rest of Europe. As a major player in home healthcare, Air Liquide’s ambition is to best meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals.”