Archive for Friday, May 13, 2011

St. John/Providence acquire Lansing practices

May 13, 2011

St. John Hospital, Leavenworth, and Providence Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., announced they have completed acquisition of the assets of Associates in Family Health Care (AFHC) and Rock Creek Imaging in Lansing.

Drs. Jeff Lawhead, family practice; Stewart Grote, internal medicine; and Lisa Madsen, internal medicine; as well as Carol Jackson, nurse practitioner, and physician assistants Angela Resch, Jarod Marcotte and Melissa Kramer, will become employees of Providence and St. John in early August. They will continue to practice under the Associates in Family Health Care name. The hospitals have also acquired Rock Creek Imaging and will manage the diagnostic imaging center as an outpatient department of St. John, effective immediately. Approximately 50 employees will be offered positions. There will be no disruption to patient care.

“This acquisition is part of our strategic plan to significantly invest and grow our health care presence in the Leavenworth/Lansing community and will also help us move toward an Accountable Care Network (ACN) providing efficient health care in the future,” said Mike Dorsey, president/CEO of Providence and St. John.

“It also provides a strong foundation of leading primary care providers who will play an integral role in the health delivery continuum, ensuring high quality, efficient patient care as well as help integrate specialty care services to the residents of Leavenworth County.”

According to Dan Sheehan, St. John’s chief administrative officer, patients will benefit greatly by having health services more closely integrated between the hospital and physician office.

“Rock Creek is a diagnostic imaging center that provides MRI, CT scans and diagnostic ultrasound services, located in the same building as Associates in Family Health Care,” Sheehan noted. “It is the sole provider of OPEN MRI service in the greater Lansing and Leavenworth community, and we are excited to now be able to offer this service as part of our continuum of care at St. John.”

United Imaging Consultants, LLC, an independent radiology group which has been associated with Providence and St. John for many years, will now provide services at Rock Creek Imaging.

AFHC is a primary care practice with three physicians and four physician-extenders. It offers onsite digital imaging services and a full service CLIA-certified laboratory that provides employer drug screens, immunizations, full panel blood testing and urine analysis. The practice also offers specialty programs specific to allergy and asthma, osteoporosis, worker’s compensation and cholesterol and cardiovascular diabetes management.

The sale will occur in two phases and be finalized over the next 90 days. Phase 1 involves transitioning the management and staff of Rock Creek Imaging to St. John/Providence radiology department. Rock Creek Imaging will now operate as a hospital-based outpatient imaging center and will transition over the next week. Phase 2 involves transitioning the AFHC physicians and staff and the addition of an internal medicine physician who will join the practice this summer.

Sheehan said that the hospitals have developed a detailed operations and communication plan to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for patients and staff.

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