VANCOUVER, April 1, 2021 – CRH Medical Corporation (“CRH”, or the “Company”) (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) announces that it completed an accretive transaction whereby the Company has acquired a 51% interest in Middle Arkansas Sedation Associates, LLC (“MASA”), a gastroenterology anesthesia practice located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
MASA represents the Company’s 33rd acquisition, and provides anesthesia services to a single ambulatory surgery center. The transaction was financed through a combination of CRH’s credit facility and cash on hand.
Dr. Tushar Ramani, Chief Executive Officer of CRH, commented on the transaction, “We are delighted to have completed this acquisition, which represents our initial expansion into Arkansas. This acquisition is yet another validation of our partnership model, and one that is aligned with our shareholder objective to continue to expand our scale.”
Jay Kreger, President of CRH Anesthesia, added, “This is our third transaction of 2021, and we now serve 72 ambulatory surgery centers across 15 states. We are thrilled to partner with MASA in order to provide exceptional anesthesia services to their patients. We expect to remain active as we look to execute upon additional de novo and acquisition opportunities in order to continue to strengthen our anesthesia footprint.”
About CRH Medical Corporation:
CRH Medical Corporation is a North American company focused on providing gastroenterologists throughout the United States with innovative services and products for the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases. In 2014, CRH became a full-service gastroenterology anesthesia company that provides anesthesia services for patients undergoing endoscopic procedures in ambulatory surgical centers. To date, CRH has completed 33 anesthesia acquisitions, and now serves 72 ambulatory surgical centers in 15 states. In addition, CRH owns the CRH O’Regan System, a single-use, disposable, hemorrhoid banding technology that is safe and highly effective in treating all grades of hemorrhoids. CRH distributes the O’Regan System, treatment protocols, operational and marketing expertise as a complete, turnkey package directly to gastroenterology practices, creating meaningful relationships with the gastroenterologists it serves. CRH’s O’Regan System is currently used in all 48 lower US states.
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