Norco, Inc., continues to expand its footprint in the Washington region of the US, with the acquisition this month of Walla Walla Home Medical.

The deal builds on a number of previous acquisitions in the area in the last 12 months.

Northern Medical Systems, a respiratory and medical supply firm with locations in Chewelah and Newport, became part of the Norco family in early 2013 and was followed with the purchases of both Care Medical and Walgreens Respiratory Services.

The latter acquisitions added six locations in the Portland and Seattle region, and four locations in the Vancouver and Seattle regions, respectively.

Now with 16 Norco branches in Washington, the addition of Walla Walla Home Medical will continue to strengthen the company’s offering in healthcare and homecare, as well as its commitment to the Walla Walla area and Southeastern Washington as a whole.

“A Northwest family-owned company serving the great hospitals and residents of this community helps to strengthen a local, continued partnership in the area”

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

Kevin Michelson, Walla Walla Clinic CEO, added, “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.”

Providence St. Mary Medical Center and the Walla Walla Clinic opened Walla Walla Home Medical in 1987 to meet the durable medical equipment needs of the community. The Walla Walla Clinic was a 60% owner, and Providence St. Mary owned 40%.