ATLANTA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta, a leading long-term care pharmacy and locally-owned member of the Guardian Pharmacy family, today announced the acquisition of Collier's Personal Care Pharmacy. This strategic expansion comes as Guardian Atlanta celebrates five years in business providing exceptional pharmacy services to group homes, assisted living and skilled nursing communities throughout Georgia.
“We are in a great position to further grow our business and are continuing to invest in new technology and resources to ensure we offer the exceptional service our customers require to meet their residents’ changing needs.”
The acquisition increases the pharmacy’s resident customer base by more than 75 percent. Hank Heller, co-founder of Colliers Pharmacy, will stay on board with Guardian Atlanta as an account management consultant. In addition, the current Collier’s staff of 22 employees will join the Guardian Atlanta team, increasing its employee count by more than 55 percent. To support this new growth, Guardian Atlanta will double the size of its pharmacy, moving into a new 16,000 sq. ft. facility this spring.
“After building this company for more than 40 years, the decision to sell the pharmacy was not made lightly. It was critical to our team that we find a partner who was passionate about the industry and committed to our same standards for excellent customer service,” said Jim Collier, founder of Collier’s Pharmacy. “Matt and his team at Guardian Atlanta are a perfect fit. They not only have a demonstrated track record for success, but also embrace the same values and entrepreneurial spirit as our current team.”
“This deal with Collier’s Pharmacy comes at an excellent time for us as we look toward the next five years and the changing long-term care industry,” added Matt Hopp, president and founder of Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta. “We are in a great position to further grow our business and are continuing to invest in new technology and resources to ensure we offer the exceptional service our customers require to meet their residents’ changing needs.”
The pharmacy also announced it will now offer InspectRx®, an innovative system that manually checks medication pouches to ensure the right pill is in the right pouch for the right patient. InspectRx® closes the loop on quality control and communication with pharmacy staff and facilities and decreases the risk of potential medication errors.
“Matt and his team have come a long way in just five years, which is a true testament to their emphasis on customers, employees and the community,” said Kendall Forbes, executive vice president of sales and operations at Guardian Pharmacy. “With the addition of the Collier’s team, Guardian of Atlanta is now positioned to further enhance and expand services to the LTC market in Georgia, and we look forward to assisting them throughout this next phase of growth and success.”
Harbor Healthcare Consultants, a boutique merger and acquisition firm, was also involved in the deal as they served as the exclusive advisor to Collier’s Personal Care Pharmacy.
Guardian Pharmacy of Atlanta is one of 28 pharmacies in the Guardian family that together serve 20 states and more than 84,000 residents, making it one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy companies. For more information, visit guardianpharmacyatlanta.com or guardianpharmacy.net.
About Guardian Pharmacy
Guardian Pharmacy, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is one of the nation’s largest long-term care pharmacy companies. Guardian’s pharmacies provide outstanding client service to long-term care facilities including assisted living, skilled nursing and others. Founded in 2004, Guardian is best known for its unique Local-Autonomy business model, where pharmacy operators participate in local ownership and benefit from Guardian’s experience in high-growth, specialty pharmacies. www.guardianpharmacy.net.