The History of US Acute Care Solutions
Historically, independent emergency medicine groups had only two strategic choices: sell their practice or face a challenging healthcare environment alone.
In 2015, we formed US Acute Care Solutions to offer physician practices and hospital systems a third option. The new company would be owned and led by physicians, but leverage the resources, business support and capital of a company with national reach and scale.
EMP & WCAS Partner to Found USACS
In May, 2015, Ohio-based Emergency Medicine Physicians joined with capital partner Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe to launch US Acute Care Solutions. The new company retained its original mission, To Care for Patients, and its deep, historical commitment to physician ownership.
Additionally, the new company set out to offer like-minded physicians groups the option to join as a founding partner, and the opportunity to leverage and expand best practices across the country. Together, USACS founding partners set out to build nothing short of a truly world-class acute care group.
Laying the Groundwork with Leadership
In October 2015, US Acute Care announced a slate of new leaders with deep experience in scaling incredible organizations. In addition to physician leaders who took on national roles, the expanded leadership team included Dave Johnson as Chief Operating Officer, Dan Savitt as Chief Financial Officer, and Sharon Brunecz as Chief Human Resources Officer. Meanwhile, Brad Keller joined USACS as Executive Vice President of Managed Care, and Sam Vail took on the role of Chief Development Officer, leading USACS' aggressive Mergers and Acquisitions strategy.
“USACS brings thought-leadership to the industry and, now, an executive team with shared core values to drive and continue to develop the USACS mission,” Peter Hudson, MD, board chairman of USACS, said at the time. “We are focused on becoming the industry leader, and we need best-in-class executives to champion yet another superior disruption to a stale healthcare system desperately needing innovation.”
October - December 2015
Three New Founding Partners
USACS capped 2015 by announcing three new founding partners to the group: Denver-based Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals (EPPH), Maryland-based MEP, and Florida-based Tampa Bay Emergency Physicians (TBEP).
The addition of these three groups represented significant growth for US Acute Care Solutions, launching the company into new markets and solidifying its presence in others. The new company now served nearly 4 million patients annually at more than 90 locations in 20 states.
More importantly, the new founding partners brought additional physician leaders and new programs to help serve patients better. A new National Clinical Governance Board began the work of examining best practices across all founding partners and expanding the best programs throughout the new company. Physician leaders from each of the new groups took on new, national leadership roles, proof of the expanded opportunity available as part of a larger organization.
April- June 2016
Explosive Growth in Colorado
In April and June of 2016, US Acute Care Solutions added two new groups in Colorado, APEX Emergency Group and ERGENTUS. ERGENTUS treated nearly 120,000 patients annually at four emergency departments in the Denver area, while APEX served approximately 150,000 patients annually at four hospitals and four freestanding emergency facilities in Colorado, and one additional hospital in Kansas.
Together with EPPH, the two new groups joined to form "USACS Colorado." All three groups joined with the same commitment to physician ownership as other groups, understanding the principle that the best patient care and the best hospital partnerships result when physicians maintain majority ownership and management of the practice.
USACS Makes Debut at ACEP 16, Announces Groundbreaking Women's Initiatives
October 2016 was US Acute Care Solutions' coming out party. For the first time, USACS founding partners presented a united front at the ACEP Scientific Assembly, advancing the new brand anywhere and everywhere possible.
In addition to a new brand and an expanded team of recruiters and physician leaders, USACS announced a groundbreaking new parental leave policy, and hosted a new ACEP Women's Dialogue Series, featuring news anchor and producer Soledad O'Brien as the inaugural keynote.
These and other initiatives were part of an initiative to make US Acute Care Solutions a destination of choice for women throughout the country.
November- December 2016
More Explosive Growth Caps a Year of Change
In November and December 2016, USACS added three new groups, adding about 40 locations in three states. In November, a fourth group Denver group, Longs Peak Emergency Physicians (LPEP) joined the Colorado region, while in Maryland, Silver Spring Emergency Physicians (SSEP) joined the Mid-Atlantic region.
Meanwhile, in December, one of the largest groups in Texas, Emergency Services Partners (ESP), announced they would join USACS. ESP treated more than a million patients annually at 36 locations centered around Austin and San Antonio. Additionally, USACS was pleased to add approximately 750 physician and APP clinicians to the team.
“As one of the leading physician-owned emergency medicine groups in the United States, we are thrilled about joining other like-minded groups as s USACS founding partner,” said Cheryl Conner RN, CEO of ESP. “ESP shares the same fundamental belief with USACS that the physician-owned model is the most effective model for the delivery of patient-centered care.”
Now serving nearly 6 million patients annually at over 160 sites in 21 states, US Acute Care Solutions is truly a world-class integrated acute care group offering emergency, hospitalist and observation medicine to our hospital partners. Across the country, USACS is continuing to expand, bringing more like-minded physician groups on board and driving operational improvement and implementing superior clinical care across the country.