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Sedgwick announced it has acquired Orchid Medical, a nationwide provider of ancillary medical management solutions for the workers’ compensation industry.

Orchid Medical was established in 2002 as a durable medical equipment (DME) and medical supplies provider. Subsequently it evolved into a national provider of integrated ancillary and surgical cost containment solutions specifically for the workers’ compensation industry.

Orchid Medical offers a broad range of services including Surgical Cost Containment Program® (SCCP), DME & supplies, prosthetics and orthotics, home health and complex care, modifications, diagnostic imaging, physical medicine, transportation and language, retrospective DME, long term care and urine drug testing. It is headquartered and fully operated in Orlando Florida.

Sedgwick says that this acquisition represents an investment in the continued growth of Sedgwick’s ancillary care network, which ensures that employees of the company’s workers’ compensation clients receive prompt, high-value service for durable medical equipment (DME), transportation, translation, home health, diagnostic imaging and other aspects of care on the road to recovery.

“Together with Orchid, we will strengthen our holistic approach to caring for clients’ injured and ill colleagues, helping them return to maximum health and productivity,” said Andrea Buhl, Sedgwick’s president of managed care.

“This acquisition enables us to provide employers with a single point of service for a broad range of ancillary care needs while strengthening our workers’ compensation and managed care capabilities and our commitment to taking care of people when they need us most.”

“By joining forces with Sedgwick, we’ll create a combined network of unparalleled reach and scope that will truly transform ancillary care for workers’ compensation,” said Paul Taylor, CEO of Orchid Medical. “Bringing together the brilliant minds and outstanding solutions of our two organizations means we can deliver the very best care available to employees of our valued clients.”