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Cover Story: Anchor has its biggest year yet

2021 saw the firm make acquisitions totaling about $900M; development and property management platform are also continuing to grow

By John B. Mugford

James A. Schmid III, Katie Jacoby and Ben Ochs have led the rapid growth of Anchor Health Properties since its 2015 merger with Brinkman Management & Development. (Photo by Jim Graham Photography, courtesy of Anchor)

In just its fifth full year of having an acquisitions platform, one of the healthcare real estate (HRE) sector’s long-standing firms, Anchor Health Properties, had, by far, its best year of making purchases in 2021.

The company, which has headquarters offices in Media, Pa., and Charlottesville, Va., made investments totaling about $900 million in 2021.

That strong performance, however, is just one aspect – even though it is a very big aspect – of the firm’s extraordinary growth since Ben Ochs, the CEO and managing partner, in 2015 merged Anchor with the firm he formerly owned, Charlottesville-based Brinkman Management & Development, an HRE developer, owner and manager, and which Mr. Ochs had acquired from Norm Brinkman.

Shortly after the merger, Mr. Ochs set out to build Anchor into much more than a development firm, which it had primarily been since its founding in the 1980s by Paula Crowley and Lou Sachs.

He tells HREI™ that, back in the 2000s, he “came to the conclusion …

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