Names & Notes, May 28, 2017

Hammer Medical Supply looks to the future with NuCara

CONRAD — Two long-standing leaders in Iowa’s home medical equipment and supply industry are planning to become one. NuCara Pharmacy and Home Medical, headquartered in Conrad has entered into an agreement to acquire Hammer Medical Supply this week.

With retirement on the horizon, the owners Rick, Kurt, Mark Johnson and Terry Flatt began searching for the right partners that would build upon the success of their company and provide continued opportunities for their long-term employees.

“It was important to us to find a company that shared the same values, objectives and level of care as Hammer and we found that in NuCara,” said Kurt Johnson.

Both companies have a rich history in providing exceptional service throughout Iowa for more than 40 years. NuCara entered into the home medical equipment and supply business back in 1981 and Hammer Medical Supply in 1976. Hammer President Rick Johnson, said “I’m thrilled that this partnership has come to fruition and happy that our loyal patients will be able to count on receiving the same care they have come to expect and deserve.”

“We’ve always enjoyed a friendly business relationship with the Johnsons, sharing the same commitment to patient satisfaction. So when we heard the Hammer Medical Supply business was looking for a new partner, there was no doubt we were interested,” said T.J. Johnsrud, R.Ph., president and founder of NuCara.

The new ownership will provide a smooth transition for employees and clients. Flatt, executive vice president, who has been with the company for 31 years, will stay on as a stockholder and will assume the position of CEO of Hammer. “We are excited about the future and I’m confident with the merger of our two operations our clients and referral sources will not only continue to receive the exceptional service they have come to expect, but we will be in a position to offer expanded services in many of our markets.” As part of this ongoing commitment, Hammer Medical Supply will maintain their nine central Iowa locations under the Hammer name.

“The home medical business fits perfectly in the NuCara model. Our purpose as a company is to help keep people healthy and in their homes as long as possible. Partnering with Hammer Medical Supply and their dedicated staff helps us do that more effectively,” said Brian Wegmann, CEO and shareholder of NuCara.

With the addition of the Hammer Medical Supply locations, NuCara now owns and operates more than 30 pharmacies and medical equipment and supply locations in five states. For the communities NuCara serves, NuCara provides pharmacy services, medical equipment, respiratory services, custom prescription compounding, home infusion services, after breast surgery products, home modification services and much more, all for the benefit of their patients to enable them to stay independent and in their home.

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