Hart Medical Equipment, Cheboygan, Mich., has acquired McLaren Home Medical Equipment (MHM), formerly known as VitalCare in Cheboygan, Gaylord, and Petoskey in northern Michigan. The official acquisition date is January 1, 2021. According to Hart, its shared ownership by McLaren makes MHM a natural fit.

This acquisition furthers Hart’s strategic plan to expand geographic coverage, while leveraging additional scale for the benefit of the company’s partners, referrals, and customers.

2020 has brought some unique challenges to the healthcare industry, and Hart has implemented some new technologies to meet those challenges, namely TeleHart, a live streaming training service, educating customers remotely on CPAP/BiPAP, oxygen, glucometers, and nebulizers from the safety of their homes. Hart looks forward to bringing TeleHart to northern Michigan. In addition to new technologies, Hart offers northern customers new products such as ventilators, cough assists, percussive vests, speech generating devices, diabetic continuous glucose monitors (CGM), insulin pumps, as well as the ability to order medical supplies and shop on its enhanced ecommerce website.

Hart also works with numerous ACOs, PHOs, and other physician groups. With increasing documentation requirements by payers, Hart continues to implement process improvements for ease of referral, working closely with physicians, case management, social work, and health systems with open communication and welcomed feedback. 

“Hart concentrates on patient outcomes, integrative technologies, timely delivery, and customer satisfaction, which has helped build trust within our communities,” says Allen Hunt, Hart’s president. “We look forward to bringing Hart’s focus on continuity of care, reduced readmissions, and long-term patient outcomes to the northern Michigan community.”