Helping Hands purchased by HPC International

Published 1:11 am Saturday, October 31, 2009

Helping Hands of Alabama — located at 104 E. Washington St. in Demopolis — has been purchased by Hemophilia Preferred Care International, which is headquartered in Mobile.

HPC was established to provide premium service for hemophilia patients and their families. It dispenses all brands and assays of currently available clotting factor, and is able to dispense all of the supplies and medicines required to meet those patients’ needs.

HPC also performs its own billing and collections for the convenience of its patients.

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“We are a specialty pharmacy for hemophilia patients,” said HPC chief executive officer Ron Cieutat. “We are located in 22 states. We feel that Helping Hands will make a great addition to our company, and we believe that we can grow Helping Hands into a nationwide entity.”

The purchase of Helping Hands of Alabama takes effect on Nov. 1.

“I am very pleased with this venture, as it will give Helping Hands an opportunity to grow and serve more communities within our area and beyond,” said Helping Hands of Alabama owner Carolyn Cowling. “This new ownership will afford Helping Hands the manpower and business depth to expand into new markets in new areas.

“HPC’s philosophy of customer service mirrors our own, and I am confident that it will be an easy, comfortable transition for us and for our clients.”

Helping Hands of Alabama, a home care agency, has been in Demopolis for nine years, employing about 70 people and serving 145 clients. It will remain at its current location.