ER at Blue Diamond Holds Ceremonial Groundbreaking

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The ER at Blue Diamond, a freestanding emergency department which will be built on the northwest corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron, held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, to celebrate the kick-off of construction. The facility will begin seeing patients in June 2019.

The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will enable patients to access their private health information online, in a secure fashion. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

“The ER at Blue Diamond aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital. If needed, patients will be transferred to the hospital for any necessary medical procedures, surgeries or inpatient medical care.

In addition to breaking ground on the ER at Blue Diamond, Spring Valley Hospital recently added another 72 private rooms in August 2018. The hospital’s total bed count is now 364.

 

Spring Valley Hospital Adds 36 More Private Rooms

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Increases licensed bed count to 328

Spring Valley Hospital has opened a new patient care unit, adding 36 private rooms on the third floor especially for orthopedic and spine surgery patients.  The expansion increases the hospital’s licensed bed count to 328, making it the second largest hospital in The Valley Health System.

“With the expansive growth in southwest Las Vegas and our nearby tourist population on the Las Vegas Strip,  this expansion helps us meet the needs of the people we serve, and increase our community’s access to care,” said Leonard Freehof, CEO/Managing Director of Spring Valley Hospital.

The new orthopedic unit is part of the four-story patient tower which opened in June 2016, which added a private, 24-hour entrance to The BirthPlace, 18 additional mother-baby rooms, easy access to all maternity and neonatal intensive care unit services on the first floor, and 36 private rooms on the second floor for medical and surgical patients.

The four-story tower will be completely built out later this month, adding a final 36 private rooms to the fourth floor.

ER at Blue Diamond to Host Groundbreaking in September
In other construction news, Spring Valley Hospital will host a private groundbreaking celebration for its ER at Blue Diamond, located on the northwest corner of Blue Diamond and Cimarron, in September 2018. The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

 

Henderson Hospital Opens Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

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Henderson Hospital, which opened in late 2016, has added an eight-bed, Level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to serve newborns that may be born prematurely and/or may have needs and conditions that require additional, specialized medical care.

“We’re excited to open,” said Joanna Bacon, RN, Director of Women’s Services for Henderson Hospital. “Our team has been preparing for months, and we want expectant parents and families to be confident that, should their baby need more specialized care than our well newborn nursery provides, they will be able to remain at Henderson Hospital for these advanced services.”

The Level II NICU, which can care for babies born at 32 weeks gestational age and above who require advanced medical care for conditions related to prematurity or a variety of other circumstances, is staffed with full-time neonatologists, neonatologist nurse practitioners, NICU-trained nurses, respiratory therapists and lactation consultants, along with adjunct medical specialists capable of dealing with neonatal patients.

“We want parents to be reassured their baby will receive excellent care in our NICU,” said Sam Kaufman, the CEO of Henderson Hospital. “As a parent, I understand how frightening it can be if your baby needs a higher level of care or needs to stay at the hospital after mom is discharged. Our commitment is to provide the best medical care for all babies who are entrusted to us.”

The NICU increases the Henderson Hospital bed count to 138. In addition, an outpatient Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center will begin accepting patients this summer. Later this year, the ER at Green Valley Ranch will open at the corner of St. Rose Parkway and Coronado Center, and the third floor will add another 28 private rooms for medical surgical patients.

About Henderson Hospital
Henderson Hospital is a member of The Valley Health System, a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and nearby communities. Located in Henderson, NV, this acute care hospital offers emergency care, surgical services, including an outpatient surgery center, cardiovascular care, women’s health and maternity services, including a Level II neonatal intensive care unit.

MountainView Hospital Opens South Tower 4th Floor of Campus Expansion Project

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Level III NICU Expansion Underway

As part of its continuing south tower vertical expansion project, MountainView Hospital today opened its new fourth floor Medical-Surgical Unit.

The new, state-of-the-art, 32-bed med-surg unit will continue to care for patients who are recovering from surgery or are acutely ill with a wide variety of medical problems and diseases.

The new unit is part of a larger campus expansion that began in late 2015, with the vertical expansion of the south tower, adding a fourth and fifth floor. The fifth floor 32-bed oncology unit opened in March to care for patients with cancer who have complex patient needs.

The campus construction included an Emergency department expansion that included the addition of a dedicated CT for the emergency room and an expanded helipad to accommodate two helicopters.

A recent first floor expansion included the addition of new neuro diagnostic imaging and intervention technology to treat the most complex neuro/stroke conditions.

Construction also includes the expansion of the Women’s Services unit and the addition of a Level III NICU, expected to be complete late 2018.

“MountainView Hospital strives to looks for opportunities to grow and meet the needs of our patients and community,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The continual growth of MountainView mirrors the growth in the community, and reflects that patients are choosing MountainView to provide them the highest level of care.”

When construction is complete later this year, the hospital will have 408 beds.

The Valley Health System Wins Unanimous Approval for Freestanding Emergency Room Facility

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The Valley Health System has acquired land and won unanimous approval from the Enterprise Town Advisory Board and Clark County Board of Commissioners for a Special Use Permit to construct a freestanding emergency room facility at the intersection of Blue Diamond and Cimarron in the southwest Las Vegas valley.

The facility will operate as a 24-hour extension of Spring Valley Hospital’s emergency department and will feature eight treatment rooms, with an additional three rapid medical exam rooms, advanced imaging services such as CT, ultrasound and X-ray, and an on-site laboratory. It will use the Cerner FirstNet electronic medical record system that is compatible with Spring Valley Hospital and other Valley Health System facilities, and will allow patients to access their private health information online. The ER will be staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians, nursing, imaging and laboratory staff.

Spring Valley Hospital CEO Leonard Freehof, said “This freestanding ER aims to treat many of the most common emergency cases with short wait times and high-quality, friendly care.  Groundbreaking is planned for later this summer with an opening in early 2019.”

About The Valley Health System and Spring Valley Hospital

The Valley Health System is a network of six acute care hospitals that provide care for patients throughout Southern Nevada and surrounding areas. Spring Valley Hospital, a member of The Valley Health System, is accredited by The Joint Commission, and offers a wide range of healthcare services including emergency, surgery, advanced cardiovascular and neurological care, women’s health, maternity, a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, acute inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient care for adult and pediatric therapy services and advanced wound healing and hyperbaric medicine.

Southern Hills Hospital Announces ER at Blue Diamond

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The hospital’s second provider-based emergency room is coming soon

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is excited to announce it will be opening a second provider-based emergency room at the corner of Blue Diamond and El Capitan. ER at Blue Diamond—a Department of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center—will allow faster and more convenient access to medical care for thousands of southern Nevadans by providing full-service emergency and critical care services for adults and children.

Unlike an urgent care, ER at Blue Diamond will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified emergency room physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals providing services available at hospital emergency rooms, with significantly shorter wait times. The new facility will include around-the-clock laboratory testing, X-ray, CT scanning and ultrasound. Patients who require additional emergent care will be admitted to affiliated hospitals.

“Our hospital continues to provide fast ER care where our patients need access in a convenient, neighborhood location,” said Adam Rudd, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “With this second provider-based emergency room opening, we are able to offer the community a full spectrum of care in a location close to home and with a significantly shorter wait time.”

More information on the new facility and its opening will be announced in the coming weeks.

Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus Now Open

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, Lutheran Social Services of Nevada and Nevada HAND Collaborate for Innovative Living Environment, Accessible Benefits and Community Resources

Partial Funding Through Largest Single Community Development Block Grant Award to Nonprofit Collaboration

Working families, children and seniors needing assistance now may access onsite services with the opening of the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus. This nonprofit collaboration is the first campus-style service partnership of its kind in Nevada and includes Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada (BGCSNV), Lutheran Social Services of Nevada (LSSN), and Nevada HAND.

Beneficiaries include not only the residents of Nevada HAND’s new 264 Boulder Pines Family Apartment homes, but also families living near the Boulder Highway campus, who will have access to the new Boys & Girls Clubs facility, as well as the Comprehensive Safety Net Center and Food Pantry operated by Lutheran Social Services of Nevada. Residents and the Boulder community were joined at the grand opening celebration by Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (Chris G); CJ Manthe, Director of the Nevada State Department of Business & Industry; Joseph Lombardo, Clark County Sheriff; the CEO’s of the collaborative partners; and other community and financial partners.

“The Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus is a great example of a public/private partnership that addresses community needs on a broad scale, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, whose district encompasses the area.  “This resulted from needing a safe place for kids to play and a subsequent Boys & Girls Clubs and Nevada HAND discussion joined by Lutheran Social Services…a true collaboration. This collaboration, funded in part by Clark County’s HOME Program and a Community Development Block Grant, not only addresses our shortage of affordable workforce housing, but it also provides essential services for nearby neighborhoods and Southern Nevada families. I am confident that the Boulder Highway Campus will stand as a model for what comprehensive community building can be throughout our valley.”

“It’s great to be here with the many partners who have helped make this campus more than a home for our working families, and a resource for the neighborhood and entire community,” said Mike Mullin, founder and CEO of Nevada HAND, the state’s largest nonprofit dedicated to providing high quality affordable housing solutions and supportive services. “I’m grateful for our new educational, business and residential neighbors, such as the Mater Academy of Nevada and Arizona Charlies, who have welcomed us and are now joining in this unique community.”

The idea for the campus germinated from conversations about innovative collaborations at the CEO Exchange, an organization of CEO’s of Southern Nevada’s largest nonprofits, who work together to protect and strengthen the community’s safety net for thousands of residents.

“This unique facility allows us to reach young people just footsteps from their homes and throughout this neighborhood, and allows them a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach,” said Andy Bischel, CEO of BGCSNV.  “And it makes it easier for us to fulfill the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada mission for them in enabling these people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

“Lutheran Social Services of Nevada became the perfect complement for the Boulder Highway Campus upon learning the service provider was seeking a new home,” added Mullin.

“We are grateful to be part of this historic opportunity that offers clients a collocated approach to receiving services on one ‘campus,’” said Armena Mnatsakanyan, executive director of LSSN. “Together all of the agencies participating will be able to serve additional clients and in a more comprehensive manner.”

Clark County is a significant financial supporter of the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus, with funding for the Boys & Girls Clubs’ and Lutheran Social Services’ buildings made possible

largely by a $5.8 million grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG). Administered locally by Clark County, the federal grant is the largest single award to a nonprofit partnership through CDBG in Southern Nevada in its 40-year history. Clark County is also supporting Nevada HAND’s development with $3.3 million through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME).

In addition to HUD, other financial partners include Citi Community Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, Raymond James Financial and NeighborWorks America.

In summary, the Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus is an innovative campus environment offering a range of amenities for residents and a number of Southern Nevada nonprofit groups collaborating to provide a range of onsite family and community services. “Partnerships include the Boys & Girls Club and Lutheran Social Services, and negotiations are currently underway to secure other excellent partners to enhance the value and opportunities to our residents and to the area surrounding our community,” added Mullin. Boulder Pines is conveniently located next door to Mater Academy of Nevada, a K-8 Title I Charter School.

The new 10,000-square-foot Boys & Girls Clubs facility provides an estimated 200 youth, ages 5 to 18, participation opportunities in fun and engaging activities and programs supervised by trained staff in a safe, positive place when school is not in session. The new club include a game room, learning center, kitchen, cafeteria, arts and crafts room, tech center, and teen center. Club members also have access to tutors during the school year and nutritional meals year-round. BGCSNV runs tested and proven developmental programs that provide youth with opportunities to learn and grow into productive, caring, responsible citizens. 

The 8,424-square-foot LSSN building serves as the nonprofit’s new comprehensive community safety net center. It provides critical services to the community including a grocery-style online food pantry and mental health, nutrition, employment, housing and other critical services in collaboration with three nonprofit agencies: The Just One Project, Multicultural Wellness West and Nevada Homeless Alliance.

The campus’ Boulder Pines Family Apartments is Nevada HAND’s 33rd community in Southern Nevada. It has 264 units with rents starting at $553 per month with income qualification. The 2, 3, and 4-bedroom apartments come with a washer and dryer, walk-in closet, energy-star appliances, granite countertops, and patio with storage, and range from 1,135 to 1,574 square feet of living space. Other amenities include a pool, playground, computer lab, fitness center, BBQ area, children’s library, covered parking, 24-hour emergency maintenance, and a resident service coordinator to help connect residents with community-wide and the on-site collaborative services.

HAND Construction Company, a board-controlled affiliate of Nevada HAND, Inc., built the new BGCSNV and LSSN buildings and apartments. 

 The Boulder Highway Collaborative Campus is located on Boulder Highway, just south of Desert Inn Road. It is adjacent to the existing Mater Academy of Nevada, a Title I Charter Elementary School, and near area community centers, shopping, employment opportunities, and bus routes.

For information about any of the partners, visit or call:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada – www.bgcsnv.org  or 702-367-2582     

Lutheran Social Services of Nevada – www.lssnv.org or 702-639-1730

Nevada HAND – www.nevadahand.org or 702-639-1730                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

MountainView Hospital Opens South Tower 5th Floor of Campus Expansion Project

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4th Floor South Tower, Women’s & NICU Expansion Underway

As part of its south tower vertical expansion project, MountainView Hospital today opened its new 5th floor Oncology Unit.

The new, state-of-the-art, 32-bed oncology unit will continue to care for patients with complex cancer care needs. The opening of the new floor brings MountainView’s bed count to 370.

The new unit is part of a larger campus expansion that began in late 2015, with the vertical expansion of the south tower, adding a 4th and 5th floor. The expansion included an Emergency department expansion, adding a dedicated CT for the emergency room and the recent completion of an expanded helipad to accommodate two helicopters.

A first floor expansion, also opening soon, includes the addition of new neuro diagnostic imaging and intervention technology to treat the most complex neuro/stroke conditions.

The south tower’s 4th floor is expected to open at the end of May 2018, and will serve additional medical/surgical patients with a new 32 bed unit. The movement of the oncology unit to the new 5th floor south tower also frees up existing beds in the central tower to accommodate additional medical/surgical patients.

Construction also includes the expansion of the Women’s Services unit and the addition of a Level III NICU, expected to be complete late 2018.

“MountainView Hospital continues to grow and expand to meet the needs of our patients and community,” said Jeremy Bradshaw, MountainView Chief Executive Officer. “The exponential growth of MountainView mirrors the growth in the community, and reflects that patients are choosing MountainView to provide them the highest level of care.”

When construction is complete later this year, the hospital will have 408 beds. Total expansion costs total $70 million.

About MountainView Hospital:

MountainView Hospital is a state-of-the-art, full-service medical facility located in the heart of northwest Las Vegas. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and outstanding physicians, MountainView Hospital is recognized for high patient satisfaction and for providing quality and compassionate care to our community since 1996.  MountainView features nationally recognized programs including a top cardiovascular and thoracic center and the renowned Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery. The Sunrise Health Medical Education Consortium, based at MountainView, trains the next generation of physicians and surgeons for our community.

MountainView is a member of the respected Sunrise Health System consisting of Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and several surgery, diagnostic imaging and urgent care centers, offering a complete range of specialized and technologically advanced services. @MountainViewLV

MountainView Hospital

3100 N. Tenaya Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128

Sunrise Hospital Sets New Mission

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“Together, we are a community dedicated to healing” articulates new foundation from which the Valley’s most comprehensive hospital will grow”

A new mission statement reflecting the true purpose of the Valley’s largest healthcare facility, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, was announced today – “Together, we are a community dedicated to healing.”  The new mission was announced to employees during 2017 National Hospital Week observances at the 690-bed, acute care facility. Sunrise Hospital, which shares a campus with Sunrise Children’s Hospital, is the busiest healthcare facility in Nevada, according to the Center for Health Information Analysis for Nevada.

“We touched the lives of patients in 49 of 50 states – a unique point of fact that demonstrates the phenomenal draw of Las Vegas to the rest of the nation,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, CEO of Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital. “When you consider that 167,000 patients passed through our ER doors last year, a special level of dedication is required of every Care Team member responsible for the lives of so many – this new mission statement is their expression of commitment.”

The new mission comes as the 58-year-old institution embarks on a multi-year expansion project. Plans are underway to build a five-story, 180,000 square-foot tower on campus to meet increasing demand for acute care services among patients in Nevada, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah and Eastern California. The project is slated for a 2018 start. However, this week, the facility has begun internal upgrades to several busy hospital units, including its largest nursing unit located on the 4th floor. The project has many needed efficiency and amenity upgrades to improve the patient and caregiver experience. This is a unit that cares for the broadest variety of patients and is a very high-tech, high-touch environment.

“When I see patients they usually are at their most vulnerable and I get to connect with them at a level people don’t normally see,” said Jennifer Hokanson, RN, a 4th Floor Telemetry Unit nursing professional. “Together, we are a community dedicated to healing – that is especially important to me because I’m from here and through the years, I’ve seen it change drastically. Because we’ve grown as a community, Sunrise Hospital must grow. I want the best for my family. I want the best for the people who live here,” she concluded.

About Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center:

As Nevada’s largest acute care facility and Level II Trauma Center, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center offers high quality, patient-centered healthcare to the residents of Southern Nevada, its surrounding region, and the millions of visitors that come to Las Vegas. The Heart Center at Sunrise offers the most advanced cardiac care and features an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The Nevada Neurosciences Institute – the region’s most comprehensive Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center – provides world-class care for stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions. The Breast Center at Sunrise Hospital is the only NAPBC Accredited Breast Center in Southern Nevada. Located on the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital. For more information on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, visit sunrisehospital.com, follow on Twitter @SunriseLasVegas and facebook.com/SunriseHospital.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center 

3186 South Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

 

HealthCare Partners Nevada Completes Acquisition of WellHealth Quality Care

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HealthCare Partners Nevada, a DaVita Medical Group and division of DaVita, Inc. (NYSE: DVA), today announced the closing of the acquisition of WellHealth Quality Care, a multi-specialty medical group and accountable care organization, by one of its affiliated entities.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

“WellHealth Quality Care is one of the most respected privately held medical organizations in Nevada, and we look forward to working with this group collaboratively to benefit patients in this community,” said Bard Coats, MD, Nevada market president for DaVita’s Medical Group division.

WellHealth Quality Care has a network of over 3,000 providers across Southern Nevada as well as a multi-specialty medical group with specialties including obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, cardiology, endocrinology and primary care. WellHealth Quality Care has provided optimal care to the residents of Nevada for over two decades and currently operates in 11 locations.

“We’re excited about this union,” said Warren Volker, MD, founder, and CEO of WellHealth Quality Care. “The range of services that each of our groups provides complements one another, and through our integration of care we will provide more access and better care to our patients.”

About DaVita Inc.
DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, is the parent company of DaVita Kidney Care and DaVita Medical Group. DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of December 31, 2016, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,350 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 188,000 patients. The company also operated 154 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Medical Group manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Washington in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of December 31, 2016, DaVita Medical Group’s teammates, employed clinicians and affiliated clinicians provided care for approximately 1.7 million patients. For more information, please visit DaVita.com/about.

About DaVita Medical Group
DaVita Medical Group is a division of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, that operates and manages medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Washington. A leading independent medical group in America, DaVita Medical Group has over two decades of experience providing coordinated, outcomes-based medical care in a cost-effective manner. As of December 31, 2016, DaVita Medical Group’s teammates, employed clinicians and affiliated clinicians provided care for approximately 1.7 million patients. For more information, please visit DaVita.com/about.

About WellHealth Quality Care
WellHealth Quality Care (WHQC) is a diversified healthcare company based in Nevada. It is the largest privately held medical organization that owns and operates WellHealth Medical Group, which employs close to 100 providers, in multiple specialties, at 11 locations in Southern Nevada. In addition to the medical group, WHQC operates WellHealth Medical Associates which is a state-wide network of over 3,000 contracted providers integrated through accountable care arrangements with insurance companies and self-funded health plans. WHQC has emerged as a national leader in delivering health plan design and innovation. As evidenced by WellHealth’s multi-specialty medical group, the network’s comprehensive healthcare delivery system was designed from the ground up to improve the provider, payer, and patient experience by specifically focusing on positive outcome measures and overall patient satisfaction.

Forward Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All statements that do not concern historical facts are forward-looking statements and include, among other things, statements about our expectations, beliefs, intentions and/or strategies for the future, including the prospective performance of or synergies created involving the acquired business, improvement on physician practices and patient care experience, or increase in patient access to various health care services. Factors which could impact future results include the uncertainties associated with our ability to complete any acquisition or merger that we might be considering or announce, or integrate and successfully operate any business we may acquire or with whom we merge, and the other risk factors set forth in our SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, and subsequent quarterly reports filed on Form 10-Q. Any forward-looking statements should be considered in light of these risks and uncertainties. We base our forward-looking statements on information currently available to us at the time of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.