Norco grows in Northwest

Friday, January 17, 2014

BOISE, Idaho – Norco’s footprint in Washington state is growing, thanks to its acquisition of Walla Walla Home Medical. 

Norco now has 16 branches in the state, with more than 65 when you also include Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

“This is a great time for healthcare in the Walla Walla Valley,” said Ned Pontious, Norco president, in a release. “A Northwest family-owned company serving the great hospitals and residents of this community helps to strengthen a local, continued partnership in the area.”

In 2013, Norco acquired two other providers in the Northwest: Care Medical, with six locations in the Seattle and Portland, Ore., areas; and Walgreens Respiratory Services, with four locations in the Seattle and Vancouver region.

The mounting challenges of running an independent medical supply company led The Walla Walla Clinic and Providence St. Mary Medical Center, owners of Walla Walla Home Medical, to sell, according to the release

“We believe that this will allow Walla Walla Home Medical to continue to provide the excellent service to Walla Walla that the community has come to expect,” said Kevin Michelson, Walla Walla Clinic CEO, in the release. “It’s a good thing for the community.”