VOL. 132 | NO. 174 | Friday, September 1, 2017
University Clinical Health Continues Growth Spurt
By Andy Meek
University Clinical Health, the clinical practice organization affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, is expanding with the acquisition of a new practice, the addition of another and some future expansion beyond Memphis coming soon.
This year alone, said UCH executive director of business development Joe Misleh, the organization has added 15 new physicians and has launched a rheumatology practice that encompasses physicians specializing in complex autoimmune diseases, such as arthritis and lupus, as well as a range of rheumatic conditions that result in symptoms like joint pain and organ system dysfunction.
The organization also has announced the acquisition of Podiatry Centers of Memphis, effective Aug. 17. The two doctors with the podiatry practice, Drs. Brian Kiel and David Moinester, have more than 30 years’ experience in podiatry care between them, care they’ll now be providing under the UCH banner.
Podiatry Centers of Memphis offers services that range from routine checkups to treatments requiring surgery. That practice will operate as a part of the Department of Family Medicine of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and Kiel and Moinester will serve as faculty members.
“We’re going through a bit of a growth spurt here,” Misleh said. “One of our largest overarching goals is to address unmet needs in the community across really all patient demographics. Noticing some of those underserved populations of patients, we saw some opportunity to kind of grow into those fields as well as develop existing service lines. So we’re kind of going through a bit of organic growth as well as some driven through acquisition.”
The organization has 16 specialty areas today, as well as about 150 physicians and midlevel providers practicing at sites throughout Memphis. And it’s not done growing.
UCH is opening a new family medicine site in East Memphis next week to supplement its existing primary care initiative. It will open at 6401 Poplar Ave on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Misleh said the organization also is looking at expanding into rural markets.
“We have a clinic in Tipton County,” he said. “It’s one of our training and teaching sites for our residents … and we’re looking to within the next six to 18 months open several other rural clinics to provide patient access in those underserved communities – as well as provide some of our specialist services to those markets where it’s hard, if not impossible, to find some of the specialists.”
Misleh said UCH at the moment is also considering a few other acquisitions, arrangements he describes as ranging from small- to large-scale. The goal there, he said, continues to be to increase the organization’s network of physicians as well as patient access across its local footprint.
Meanwhile, as part of the recent additions to UCH, Kiel will continue to see patients at the Podiatry Centers of Memphis clinic at 995 S. Yates Road. Moinester will see patients at 6575 Stage Road.
Moinester said that joining UCH has he and Kiel “excited for this new growth opportunity without sacrificing our clinical excellence.”
UCH CEO Drew Botschner, in turn, praised the podiatry practice as one that affords opportunities for many synergies with UCH to benefit patients through “an expanded continuum” of care.