Fraser Stryker attorneys Mark Brasee and Nicole R. Konen were instrumental in facilitating the merger of Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) and Easter Seals of Nebraska (ESN) (effective September 1, 2012). The merged operations will extend the reach of both VNA and ESN. The merger will create services while expanding the organizations’ capabilities and programs. This merger adds services lines to Easter Seals Nebraska, including medical rehabilitation, early intervention, physical therapy, and speech and hearing therapy to the list of services currently provided. ESN is on the forefront of providing rural services in Nebraska, and would be instrument in VNA’s vision to expand services into rural Nebraska through ESN’s offices in Lincoln, Geneva, and Hastings.

Brasee and Konen coordinated and managed every step of the merger process including the due diligence document review process and ensuring approval by the national Easter Seals organization. It was also very important to Brasee and Konen that the process be as seamless as possible to the employees of both organizations. James Summerfelt, President and CEO of the VNA, stated, “I appreciated the professionalism and expertise Mark and Nickie demonstrated throughout the process. No matter how large or small a merger might be, there is a lot of information that needs to be acquired. Mark and Nickie took care of every detail.”

This is the second VNA merger that Brasee has been involved with–in 2007 the Visiting Nurse Associations in Council Bluffs and Omaha combined operations.

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