PENSACOLA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Emergency Care Partners (“ECP”), a leading national provider of emergency medicine and emergency department management services for hospitals, has announced the completion of a strategic merger with Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists (“AEMS”), a provider of outsourced emergency department management services in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
The combined emergency medicine platform will service departmental operations at 43 locations, supported by a combined clinical workforce of over 700 physicians and advanced practice providers, treating roughly 1,000,000 patients annually. AEMS’s physician partners will join as ECP shareholders.
Bill Yarbrough, CEO of ECP, stated, “We are very excited to welcome AEMS and their providers as a regional physician group of Emergency Care Partners. Their strong, long-term relationship with their health system, paired with their commitment of delivering quality patient care within their community, makes them an ideal addition to our national group. We look forward to working with their physician leadership and leveraging our best practices and resources to support their growth and expansion across the region.”
The combined business will continue the service-intensive approach to managing emergency departments implemented by both companies prior to their combination, leveraging ECP’s unique model of combining local physician equity partnerships and a differentiated analytics platform to deliver the highest level of care to consumers across the region.
“AEMS is excited to join the ECP team. We share the same aligned goals of delivering quality patient care to our local communities and maintaining physician ownership,” said Dr. Brian Scott, President of AEMS. “This new partnership will allow us to leverage ECP’s infrastructure and resources to provide enhanced efficiencies in delivering excellent patient care and broaden our footprint in our Arizona communities and the broader Southwest.”
ECP remains a majority physician-held business, with AEMS’s physicians joining ECP’s existing physician shareholders and partners. ECP is backed by financial sponsors, Varsity Healthcare Partners (“VHP”) and Regal Healthcare Capital Partners (“Regal”).
Massumi + Consoli LLP acted as legal adviser to ECP and VHP, while Polsinelli PC acted as legal advisors to AEMS.
About Emergency Care Partners
Headquartered in Pensacola, Florida, ECP is a leading provider of emergency medicine and emergency department management services for hospitals across the U.S. with current operations in Arizona, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. ECP currently services approximately 1,000,000 patient visits annually across operations at 43 sites of service, supported by a clinical workforce of 700+ physicians and mid-level providers. ECP employs a differentiated model relative to other platforms in the emergency medicine space, highlighted by the ability to maintain ownership through its physician partnership model (with over 60% of physicians being shareholders today) and the ability for regional/local groups to maintain their branding and clinical autonomy while still benefitting from ECP’s significant back-office infrastructure. This critical infrastructure includes support for revenue cycle, financial and operational reporting, recruiting, training, compliance, contracting, scheduling and payroll, among other functions. ECP’s affiliated medical groups also have access to the platform’s proprietary analytics platform, which operatively interfaces in real time with each hospital’s IT platform to track/report daily key performance indicators (KPI) in the emergency room. These include throughput, capacity utilization and clinical quality metrics and ancillary services reporting, which are used by ECP clinical/operational leaders and the hospitals themselves to drive quality service and outcomes and a consistent patient experience within each customer’s emergency department. For more information please visit: www.ecp.net.
About Varsity Healthcare Partners
Varsity Healthcare Partners is a lower middle-market private equity investment firm focused on partnering with founders, entrepreneurs and management teams to build leading healthcare services companies. VHP has been successful in developing and executing a tailored value-creation plan, in partnership with the leadership of each company that typically emphasizes investments in infrastructure followed by an aggressive organic and acquisition growth strategy. VHP draws upon its extensive healthcare industry experience and relationships, as well as its hands-on partnership approach to effectively drive growth and maximize value. For more information please visit: www.varsityhealthcarepartners.com.
About Regal Healthcare Capital Partners
Regal Healthcare Capital Partners ("Regal") is a New York-based growth equity and buyout firm focused exclusively on lower-middle market healthcare services companies. Regal partners with leading-edge healthcare entrepreneurs in need of financial investment and strategic, operational, and managerial expertise. Regal and its co-founders, Dr. David Kim and Jon Santemma, bring a unique combination of operational and transactional experience to healthcare services companies to help realize their growth potential. For more information, please visit: www.regalhcp.com.