One of California’s largest home health, hospice and palliative care providers continues to expand. Mission Healthcare has announced the acquisition of Loma Linda University Medical Center Home Health. Through the acquisition, Mission will support employees, patients and clinical rotations within Loma Linda University School of Nursing.

“We believe our combined resources will make an impactful patient experience and benefit the community by delivering care to a broader population,” Mission Healthcare CEO Paul VerHoeve said in a statement.

Loma Linda University Medical Center is part of Loma Linda University Health, which treats more than 1.8 million patients. Mission Healthcare and Loma Linda University have partnered for several years, supporting the healthcare needs of skilled nursing patients.

The acquisition of Loma Linda Medical Center’s Home Health Care could help Mission tap the university’s nursing students for future staff positions. Home health giant LHC Group has done something similar. It recently announced  a $20 million partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s School of Nursing as a way to recruit and retain staff.