VANCOUVER, March 11, 2021 – CRH Medical Corporation (“CRH”, or the “Company”) (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) today announces a startup joint venture (“JV”) where CRH owns a 51% interest in a gastroenterology anesthesia practice located in Largo, Florida. The JV services a single ambulatory surgery center (“ASC”).
CRH and its partners will contribute this entity into its existing JV with FDHS Anesthesia, LLC.
Dr. Tushar Ramani, CEO of CRH, commented on the JV, “We now provide services to 71 ambulatory surgery centers across 14 states, and we see ample opportunity for additional business development execution over the remainder of 2021.”
Jay Kreger, President of CRH Anesthesia, added, “We are excited about being chosen as a partner for this group of dedicated providers, who share our commitment towards patient care, while at the same time increasing our ASC footprint in Florida to 12 centers. This initiative demonstrates not only our flexible business development approach, but also reinforces our commitment to growth.”
Today’s announcement marks the second transaction announced in 2021. On Feb 9th, 2021, the company announced that it had closed the acquisition of Edison, NJ based gastroenterology anesthesia practice, Oak Tree Anesthesia Associates or “Oak Tree”, its 32nd acquisition and first of 2021.
The Company is well poised to continue its strong growth given its organic and inorganic growth plans. The Company has more than 500 prospects in its watch-list and continues to actively work on acquiring strong and resilient businesses.
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 32 anesthesia acquisitions, and now serves 71 ambulatory surgical centers in 14 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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