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VOL. 129 | NO. 126 | Monday, June 30, 2014

Gastro One Forms New Practice

By Don Wade

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Gastro One and Memphis Gastroenterology Group have merged, creating the largest gastroenterology practice in the Memphis Metro area.

The merged practice, which will operate under the Gastro One brand name, features 35 doctors covering the spectrum of gastroenterology – the study, treatment and health of the digestive system (esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine/colon, liver, pancreas and gallbladder). Each gastroenterologist is a medical specialist trained in internal medicine and in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases involving the digestive system.

Gastro One is an independent gastroenterology practice, not owned or tied to any hospital system. As an independent practice, Gastro One doctors have privileges at the following hospitals in the Mid-South: Baptist Memorial Hospitals (Memphis, Women’s, Collierville and Desoto), Methodist Hospitals (Germantown, North and Olive Branch), Saint Francis Hospitals (Park and Bartlett), and Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown.

“Independence means the highest level of flexibility for our patients in terms of facilities, insurance and choice,” Dr. Michael S. Dragutsky, president of the new Gastro One, and formerly with Gastro One, said in a statement. “This merger was a natural for so many reasons that have a positive impact on our patients, our doctors, our support staff and the Memphis medical community overall. This new, larger and stronger practice means one stop for all gastro and digestive tract needs for people in the area and for referring physicians.”

Gastro One serves patients at seven outpatient offices and three endoscopic center locations in the Mid-South. Each center is equipped with the latest HD-video endoscopic equipment.

“This was a perfect match for us as an organization because of our practice footprints, our mutual dedications to compassionate services with medical excellence, and our commitments to practice independence,” said Dr. Richard S. Aycock, senior vice president of the new Gastro One and formerly with Memphis Gastroenterology Group. “This was a true merger where the combined organization is stronger than the sum of its parts.”

Branding of all facilities across the practice is in the process of being converted to the Gastro One brand. For a full list of doctors, practice services and practice locations, visit www.gastro1.com.

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