San Francisco-based Nurx, a consumer health care company providing free online consultations with physicians and home delivery of medications, has expanded its footprint into Alabama.
Additionally, Mobile native and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin has joined the telemedicine company’s board of directors, Nurx recently announced. Benjamin will advise the company on a variety of critical public health issues and brings a strong background to patient-first preventive care.
“I have always been committed to ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care, regardless of their income or where they live,” Benjamin said. “I look forward to working with the Nurx team as they break down barriers to care, increase access and ultimately help improve the health of the nation.”
Nurx offers birth control and HIV prevention medication, focusing on consumers that traditionally lack access to affordable health care services and medications. After consulting with a state-licensed provider, users can choose from more than 50 birth control brands, many of which are available without insurance.
It has been reported that in Alabama more than half of all pregnancies are unintended. Public spending for unplanned pregnancies in the state topped an estimated $323 million in 2010.
Nurx also offers PrEP, a daily pill that is up to 99 percent effective at preventing transmission of the HIV virus. Nurx offers an at-home test kit for PrEP treatment, allowing patients to complete all the testing required before using the medication.
One study indicated southern states accounted for more than half of new HIV diagnoses in 2016, with 13.1 new cases for every 100,000 residents in Alabama. Southern states have the highest number of new HIV diagnoses in the U.S., but have disproportionately fewer people using anti-HIV treatment.
“State by state, our users get the care they need when they need it, regardless of their insurance status or where they live. We’re especially thrilled to have Dr. Benjamin join our board as well. She has consistently demonstrated her commitment to community health and pushing for innovative health care solutions and we’re thrilled that she will bring these same insights to Nurx,” Hans Gangeskar, cofounder and CEO of Nurx, said.
Nurx is currently available in 21 states and the District of Columbia, encompassing more than 70 percent of the U.S. population. Nearby states include Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas. More information about programs can be found on the company’s website.
Hydro Technologies announces new ownership
Hydro Technologies in Mobile recently announced Ward Muller as the new president and owner of the local company, which represents more than 40 major manufacturers of HVAC, plumbing and fire protection products for the industrial, institutional and commercial building markets, according to a news release.
Muller has more than 11 years of business and entrepreneurial experience with a background in accounts receivable financing, concentrating on contractors and subcontractors. From 2012 to 2018 he was a partner in a local real estate development company which executed over $500 million dollars in real estate projects. He is also an active member of several networking and professional organizations as well as the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
“I am thrilled about the opportunity at Hydro Technologies,” Ward said. “Hydro has had strong leadership and experience throughout its 34 years in business and has built solid relationships with contractors across the Southeast. We are ready to continue doing great work for our clients and the manufacturers we represent.”
Hydro Technologies’ facilities cover some 14,000 square feet of warehouse and assembly space at 1047 Sledge Drive in Mobile. It represents more than 40 major manufacturers of process, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection products for the industrial, institutional and commercial building markets. The company’s footprint stretches across Alabama, Northwest Florida and Mississippi. More information about Hydro Technologies can be found on its website.
Business moves and transactions
• Marl Cummings IV with Cummings & Associates reported the Dauphin Island Chevron, located at 1000 Bienville Blvd. on Dauphin Island, is taking over the entire corner that includes the space formerly occupied by Anchor Real Estate, expanding from 2,000 square feet to 2,600 square feet.
There are plans to increase the size of the sales floor, upgrade the kitchen and offer additional seating, according to Cummings, who assisted in managing work involved with the expansion.
• Jeremy Friedman with Katapult Properties reported a 2,000-square-foot office building at 119 Professional Park Drive in Fairhope is now fully leased with two tenants.
• Dr. Michelle Kerr Patrick with Healing Touch Chiropractic has leased some 1,000 square feet of office space, represented by Joe Steen of Joe Steen Real Estate.
Bay Bridge Realty leased 1,000 square feet of office space, represented by Joann Beck of Bay Bridge Realty.
Katapult’s Friedman represented the developers in both transactions.
• Pensacola-based CPC Office Technologies recently held a grand opening and ribbon cutting at its new 6,000-square-foot location at 863 Lakeside Drive in Mobile. The company offers office technology solutions for businesses.
Bellator Real Estate adds agents
Bellator Real Estate & Development has added 28 new realtors since the beginning of October in its Eastern Shore, Mobile and Fairhope Section Street offices, according to a news release.
In October Bellator merged with the former Fairhope Realty Group, which brought over 23 agents, including: Terryl Reeves, Gina Littlepage, Susan Beeco, Randy Branch, Deanie Buck, Harry Dodich, Jim Gratz, Steven D. Hazelwood, Sarah Hofferber, Rod Hofferber, Tanya Johnston, Theresa King, Wiley Kinggard, Eric Kristfelt, Jeremy Lee, John Luce, Melissa Mahan, Elizabeth Mahan, Jamie Oquin, Bernice Price, Jessica Reid, Stephanie Sandefur and Richard Smith.
The company also added five new hires: Cindy Breeland (Eastern Shore Office), Lisa Griffin (Eastern Shore Office), Daniela Nielson (Eastern Shore Office), Tonya Sanderson (Mobile Office) and Amanda Spears (Eastern Shore Office).
“These agents represent years of experience in real estate and business, and we as a company are better for having them with us,” Troy Wilson, president of Bellator, said.
According to the company, Bellator closed over $555 million in commercial and residential sales in 2017, ranking the firm as the No. 1 real estate firm along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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