Historically, independent emergency medicine groups had only two strategic choices: sell their practice or face a challenging health care environment alone.

In 2015, US Acute Care Solutions was formed to offer physician practices and hospital systems a third option. The new company would be majority owned and led by physicians, but leverage the resources, business support and capital of a company with national reach and scale.

The original partnership between Ohio-based Emergency Medicine Physicians and capital partner Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, launched in May 2015, has now grown to include six founding partner groups. These groups care for 4 million patients annually while serving over 120 sites in 21 states.

US Acute Care Solutions is comprised of emergency medicine groups with a long history of commitment to physician ownership and by extension, exceptional patient care. In October 2015, USACS announced the addition of Denver-based Emergency Physicians at Porter Hospitals to the group, followed in November by Maryland-based MEP Health. In 2016, USACS announced three more groups, Tampa Bay Emergency Physicians and two Colorado partners, APEX Emergency Group and Ergentus Emergency Service Physicians.

The resulting organization 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.