An Upstate healthcare services provider will expand and create 167 jobs over the next decade.

Providence Home Care of SC, a Greenville-based healthcare services provider, is expanding its Greenville County headquarters with a $2.9 million investment because of increased demand for in-home and in-facility care.

Providence provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients across the state.

The company is expanding its mission statewide to include skilled nursing to clients in the private sector, and the company will soon be certified to provide additional behavioral healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid clients. Providence also intends to add medication management and medical supply sales to its offerings.

Providence currently has a staff of about 28 administrative, sales and healthcare professionals. The new positions will be located in the Greenville office.

Company President Johnathan Sumter thanked the governor's office and economic development officials for helping "our company continue to grow and succeed."

State Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said a variety of expansions across the state are laying the foundation for better times ahead.

"We are continuing to see diversity in our economy, with manufacturing, service industry and innovative companies locating and growing in our state," Hitt said. "The future of South Carolina's economy is bright and we are excited for what lies ahead."

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