A consolidation this week by one of the larger radiology practices in North Carolina represents a benefit to patient care, says Worth Saunders, CEO of Greensboro Radiology, which plans to acquire the eight-member High Point Radiological Services.
The merged company puts to 52 the number of radiologists that will operate under the Greensboro name, likely landing the group in the top 20 to 30 largest imaging practices in the nation, based on an annual ranking by Radiology Business Journal.
Benefits to patients include better care integration and expanded access to subspecialty radiologists, says Saunders, who called the merger a natural evolution.
“We had done some cross coverage over the past several years and gotten to know each other fairly well,” Saunders says.
The group also plans to expand its PACS system community-wide. The merged organization is expected to perform 850,000 imaging studies each year at 12 hospitals and 34 outpatient centers in central North Carolina and Virginia.
In a written statement, David Ormond, president of High Point Radiological, says patients will benefit from a broader range of services and the radiologists will have more opportunity to specialize.
“We expect the merger to be good for our radiologists and good for our patients,” Ormond says in the release.