Pediatrix Acquires San Antonio Pediatric Cardiology Practice
The five pediatric cardiologists practicing as Pediatric Cardiology Associates are now part of Pediatrix's national group practice, the nation's leading provider of newborn, maternal-fetal and pediatric subspecialty physician services.
"We're in a very dynamic area of medicine, which is why we're excited about practicing as part of Pediatrix," said Kenneth R. Bloom, M.D., who founded the practice in 1982 and will serve as Pediatrix's medical director for the San Antonio pediatric cardiology practice. "Pediatric cardiology has evolved to be part of a care continuum that includes maternal-fetal and neonatal intensive care services, and we're already working with Pediatrix physicians in those subspecialties in our communities. In addition, as pediatric cardiologists have positively impacted outcomes for children, our case load is increasing as we treat more and more adult patients with congenital heart disease. Pediatrix is a strong clinical and financial partner that will support our growth to meet this increasing demand for our services, and will do so within a framework that maintains our focus on patient care."
Pediatrix paid cash for the San Antonio practice and expects that this acquisition will be immediately accretive. During 2007, Pediatrix has completed three physician group practice acquisitions, including neonatal practices in San Francisco, CA, and Munster, IN, as well as the San Antonio practice.
Pediatrix Medical Group, Inc. is the nation's leading provider of neonatal, maternal-fetal and pediatric physician subspecialty services. Pediatrix physicians and advanced practitioners are reshaping the delivery of care within the maternal-fetal, neonatal intensive care and pediatric cardiology subspecialties, using evidence-based tools, continuous quality initiatives and clinical research to enhance patient outcomes and provide high-quality, cost-effective care. Founded in 1979, its neonatal physicians provide services at more than 240 neonatal intensive care units, and in many markets they collaborate with affiliated maternal-fetal medicine, pediatric cardiology physician subspecialists and pediatric intensivists to provide a clinical care continuum. Combined, Pediatrix and its affiliated professional corporations employ more than 950 physicians in 32 states and Puerto Rico. Pediatrix is also the nation's largest provider of newborn hearing screens and newborn metabolic screening. Additional information is available at www.pediatrix.com.
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