Health Care and Lakeshore

Medical supply company acquires health system division

January 14, 2016
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A local medical supply company with 20 locations in the state is expanding its presence in the region thanks to an acquisition it just completed.

Grand Rapids-based CareLinc said today that it has purchased North Ottawa Home Care Equipment, which has a showroom in Grand Haven, at 1310 Wisconsin Ave.

North Ottawa Home Care Equipment was part of North Ottawa Community Health System, or NOCHS.

North Ottawa Home Care Equipment offered the delivery and set up of medical supplies in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and surrounding communities.

CareLinc will takeover the North Ottawa Home Care Equipment space and showroom and plans to retain existing staff members.

The company said its plans for the location include “increasing the number of staff, adding more delivery techs and customer service representatives.”

CareLinc already has an office in Grand Haven, located at the South Shore Plaza mall, at 1071 S. Beacon Blvd.

NOCHS said a recent 30-percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement for various home care products and supplies — with future reductions planned — prompted the sale.

Dan Holwerda, COO of NOCHS, said the decision was “difficult to make,” but he said in the end, it is “positive,” saying the community, residents and clients will "retain local access to a necessary service."

He said CareLinc was chosen based on several factors.

“The company is West Michigan based and owned and highly respected in the health care community,” Holwerda said.

He said CareLinc has an “excellent reputation for quality.”

Mike Damstra, owner and founder of CareLinc, said the company had been looking to expand its lakeshore presence when the opportunity to purchase North Ottawa Home Care Equipment came up.

“This was a perfect fit,” Damstra said.

CareLinc will continue to provide services and products from its original Grand Haven location.

CareLinc is one of the largest providers of home care equipment services in Michigan, with 300 employees.

It said its size and scope will allow it to be successful under the new Medicare reimbursement model.

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