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Dec 15, 2020

USACS Expands National Clinical Governance Board; Elects Drs. Jennifer Bradstreet and Michael Roshon

CANTON, Ohio, December 15, 2020 – US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) today announced its physician shareholders have elected Jennifer Bradstreet, MD, FACEP and Michael Roshon, MD to serve a term as directors on the USACS National Clinical Governance Board (NCGB). The USACS NCGB is unique in the acute unscheduled healthcare industry. The NCGB is chartered by the group’s board of directors to be independent and autonomous of the company’s board, is comprised solely of physicians and is tasked with all clinical governance issues facing the group including establishing evidence-based guidelines for patient care at all hospitals served by USACS. The NCGB is comprised of regional physician representatives and was recently expanded to include national, at-large positions. Drs. Bradstreet and Roshon were elected to the national directorships. Joan Kolodzik, MD, FACEP, who will serve as NCBG Chair beginning in January 2021, said, “There are few things so sacred to physicians than the opportunity to practice in a group that places its clinical mission at the center of all its decisions. The NCGB is an obvious example of that commitment at USACS, and Drs. Bradstreet and Roshon completely embody that mission.” Dr. Bradstreet said, “It’s an honor to be elected by my peers to represent the national interests of USACS physicians on the NCBG. A physician’s instinct is made stronger and better by providing evidence-based guidelines developed by our Board, and it remains my mission to ever-improve these tools.” Dr. Bradstreet is a Vice President in the USACS South Region, and she practices clinically at hospitals in the Baptist Health System in San Antonio. She earned her bachelor's degree in Biology from New York University and attended Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Drexel University and is a graduate of the USACS Scholars Program. Dr. Roshon said, “As a quality director, I know reducing variability in care is a critical step in improving safety, and ultimately outcomes, for our patients. I am humbled by the support of my colleagues to continue this work on a national level.” Dr. Roshon is the Quality Director at Penrose-St. Francis Health System in Colorado Springs. He earned his MD and PhD Degrees from Vanderbilt University, and completed his residency in emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center. About USACS Founded by emergency medicine physician groups in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas, USACS is the national leader in physician-owned integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist, critical care and observation services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately 6 million patients annually at more than 220 locations and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Visitusacs.comto learn more. ### Media Contact Marty Richmond Corporate Communications Department US Acute Care Solutions 330.493.4443 x1406 [email protected]

Oct 13, 2020

USACS Now Sole System Solution for Adventist HealthCare MD as GWEP joins USACS

USACS NOW SOLE SYSTEM SOLUTION FOR ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE MARYLAND AS GWEP JOINS USACS CANTON, Ohio, October 13, 2020 – US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) announced today that the Greater Washington Emergency Physicians (GWEP) physicians, who provide emergency services at Adventist HealthCare (AHC) Fort Washington Medical Center, have elected to join USACS. Additionally, beginning in November, USACS will begin providing hospitalist andcritical care servicesat AHC Fort Washington Medical Center, thus becoming the sole Integrated Acute Care (IAC) system solution to all three AHC hospitals in Maryland. “We’re proud to partner with Adventist HealthCare and Fort Washington Medical Center to deliver top tier healthcare throughout the region,” said President of USACS East, Dr. Aaron Snyder, MD, FACEP. “We’ve been a system partner for 24 years and it’s an honor to continue serving the greater Washington D.C. and Maryland communities.” Adventist HealthCare, established in 1907, has a mission of working together each day to improve the health and well-being of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing. “We at AHC are pleased to have USACS join the medical staff at Fort Washington Medical Center,” said John Sackett, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adventist HealthCare. “They are bringing their commitment to world class quality and service to FWMC just as they have done for our other two hospitals.” “As the newest entity of the Adventist HealthCare system, we [Fort Washington Medical Center] are undergoing rapid expansion,” added Eunmee Shim, President of AHC Fort Washington Medical Center and AHC Ambulatory Networks. “Adoption of this integrated acute care model is critical to refining our services to meet the healthcare needs of our patients. We are excited to continue our journey of providing high-quality, compassionate care to every patient, every time.” The USACS model of Integrated Acute Care builds on the USACS commitment to physician ownership by creating a single, accountable team of physician leaders responsible for continual improvement of patient care throughout the patient's stay, from entrance into theemergencydepartment until discharge, and even beyond. The model has led to improvements in key quality metrics, particularly thoserelated to patient experience. Karen Dixon, MD, is a new medical director for USACS, but she has served Fort Washington Medical Center for 15 years. “I’m thrilled to start a new chapter of growth and expansion of care for my Fort Washington community,” said Dr. Dixon.“And we’re especially excited to partner with the largest physician-owned group in the country. Physician ownership matters, and allows us to do the right thing for our patients.” About USACS Founded by emergency medicine physician groups in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas, USACS is the national leader in physician-owned integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist and observation services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately 6 million patients annually at more than 220 locations and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Visitusacs.comto learn more. ### Media Contact Marty Richmond Corporate Communications Department US Acute Care Solutions 330.493.4443 x1406 [email protected]

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Sep 10, 2020

Dr. Joan Kolodzik Named Chair-Elect of USACS National Clinical Governance Board

CANTON, Ohio, September 10, 2020 – US Acute Care Solutions (USACS) today announced it has named Joan Kolodzik MD, FACEP, Chair-Elect of its National Clinical Governance Board. Dr. Kolodzik’s term as Chair will begin January 1, 2021. The USACS National Clinical Governance Board (NCGB) is unique in the acute unscheduled healthcare industry. The USACS NCGB is chartered by the group’s board of directors to be independent and autonomous of the company’s board, is comprised solely of physicians and is tasked with all clinical governance issues facing the group. Led by James Augustine MD, FACEP, since its inception in 2015, the NCGB established evidence-based guidelines for patient care at all hospitals served by USACS. Dominic J. Bagnoli, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, Executive Chair of the USACS Board of Directors said, “Because USACS is owned by its physicians, we had the opportunity to structure ourselves with our mission to care for patients at the center of all our decisions. The NCGB is the most obvious example of our commitment to keep clinical decisions separate from business decisions. “Dr. Augustine was the perfect physician leader to form the NCGB in its early years by bringing together the best minds from different independent groups into a coherent and effective board. Dr. Kolodzik will undoubtedly prove to be the right physician leader to further refine and enhance the evidence-based guidelines under which all USACS clinicians practice.” Dr. Augustine said, “There was a time two patients could have completely different care experiences at different hospitals despite presenting with the same complaints and risk factors. Reducing that variability with evidence-based guidelines, developed by the brightest and most dedicated physicians with whom I’ve ever worked, will be a highlight of my career.” Dr. Kolodzik said, “As leaders in a physician-owned practice, we can shape the delivery of care by building the tools to reduce variability, raise quality and reduce risk. In the middle of all those intersecting priorities is better patient care and patient experience. I am humbled and excited to lead the USACS NCGB to support my clinician colleagues and their patients.” Dr. Kolodzik practices clinically at Mercy Health Anderson Hospital in Cincinnati. She is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and also serves as clinical faculty for the Ohio University Medical School. Dr. Kolodzik earned a master's degree in human anatomy and her medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine, where she also completed her emergency medicine residency. About USACS Founded by emergency medicine physician groups in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas, USACS is the national leader in physician-owned integrated acute care, including emergency medicine, hospitalist and observation services. USACS provides high-quality care to approximately 6 million patients annually at more than 220 locations and is aligned with leading hospital systems across the country. Visitusacs.comto learn more. ### Media Contact Marty Richmond Corporate Communications Department US Acute Care Solutions 330.493.4443 x1406 [email protected]

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Aug 26, 2020

Dr. James Augustine Recognized for Service to International Association of Fire Chiefs

Canton, Ohio, August 26, 2020 –US Acute Care Solutions today announced that The International Association of Fire Chiefs President Gary Ludwig selected Dr. James Augustine as one of this year’s recipients of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ President’s Recognition Award, recognizing him as one who has contributed in a significant way during the president’s term. “I am very blessed to spend my career in a specialty designed around patient needs, and lucky to be a part of transforming that care throughout my lifetime,” said Dr. Augustine, who has been working with fire and EMS services since medical school. “I’m honored to receive this award.” James Augustine, MD, FACEP, chairs the USACS National Clinical Governance Board. He is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He recently concluded his second term on the ACEP Board of Directors, where he was honored for his work at the 2019 conference for his lifetime of service. In addition, he has been a member of national groups and organizations overseeing emergency medical services, emergency service quality improvement, benchmarking and best practices and disaster preparation. Dr. Augustine earned his bachelor’s degree with cum laude honors from The Ohio State University, and his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine. He performed an integrated residency in emergency medicine at Wright State University School of Medicine. He continues to serve as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Wright State University. He has been married to Linda Augustine, a critical care nurse, for more than 30 years, and they have three grown children. Dr. Augustine is a medical director for Fire EMS agencies in Atlanta, Georgia; Naples, Florida and Dayton, Ohio. The International Association of Fire Chiefs represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; their members are the world’s most leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy.

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Jul 1, 2020

Managing Pediatric Hospitalist Services at Adventist Health White Memorial

Concord, CA (July 1, 2020)– VEP Healthcare Inc., (Operating as US Acute Care Solutions as of June 2021) a national leader in hospital-based management services, will provide pediatric hospitalist staffing and management services at Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) beginning July 1. Pediatric hospitalist services are an addition to the current emergency department management services at AHWM. The expanded partnership furthers the shared goal to provide high-quality health care to the East Los Angeles community. Pediatric hospitalist programs ensure that hospitalized children have a seamless inpatient and outpatient care journey. They will collaborate closely with AHWM to deliver coordinated pediatric patient care. The group's pediatric hospitalist services leverage multispecialty teams to enable timely and thorough communication between hospitalist physicians and outpatient physicians such as primary care physicians and any involved subspecialists. “We’re honored to expand our partnership with VEP as an integral part of our ongoing mission to deliver compassionate, high-quality health care services to the East Los Angeles community,” said John Raffoul, president of Adventist Health White Memorial. “Pediatric care is an integral part of our mission to deliver quality care to those in need,” states Steven Maron, MD, President of USACS West Region. “The group offers unparalleled expertise when it comes to pediatric hospitalist program management. We are pleased to bring our pediatric care resources and experience to AHWM and the Los Angeles community.” About Adventist Health White Memorial Adventist Health White Memorial (AHWM) is part of Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities in California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Our workforce of 32,900 includes more than 23,600 employees, nearly 5,000 medical staff physicians, and 4,350 volunteers. AHWM is the only private, nonprofit hospital providing comprehensive care for the federally designated medically underserved area of Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles. AHWM is also a teaching hospital that is widely recognized for producing a culturally competent, diverse workforce in the primary care disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, and obstetrics/gynecology, as well as nursing, pharmacy, and podiatry.

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Jun 30, 2020

Expanding Partnership at Mercy Medical Center Merced to Include Critical Care and Obstetrics Services

MERCED, CA (July 1, 2020)– VEP Healthcare Inc., (Operating as US Acute Care Solutions as of June 2021) announced that it now provides obstetrics and critical care services to Dignity Health – Mercy Medical Center Merced (MMCM). “VEP Healthcare (now USACS) has been a tremendous partner for emergency services at Mercy Medical Center Merced, offering the highest level of expertise, customer service, and passion for doing the most good,” Jennifer Holt, Family Birth Center Director at Mercy Medical Center Merced said. “We are looking forward to expanding our relationship into obstetrics and continuing our mission to bring the best care possible to our community.” In its new capacity at MMCM, they will manage a variety of skilled teams to deliver comprehensive, collaborated, and coordinated care for all obstetrics-related services. For critical care services, they will provide intensive care to patients facing life-threatening illnesses or injury. Intensive care situations range from a heart attack and stroke to trauma or poisoning, surgical complications, and intubated COVID-19 patients. “Helping to bring a new life into the world is one of the most sacred parts of healthcare,” stated Steven Maron, MD, President of USACS West Region. “We’re very pleased to continue our collaboration with Mercy Medical Center Merced and expand these important services to the people of Central California.” About Mercy Medical Center Dignity Health’s Mercy Medical Center is a general acute care hospital serving the health care needs of the greater Merced Community. Our vision is to help the people of our community become physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. In addition to our acute care hospital, Dignity Health provides outpatient services through the Mercy UC Davis Cancer Center, Mercy Home Health, and Dignity Health Medical Foundation. Mercy also operates three rural health clinics – Family Care, Kids Care, and General Medicine. Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care.

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Jun 26, 2020

USACS Issues Statement on Healthcare Bias and Injustice Based on Race

Authors: Joyce Perfetti DO, Jason Bolden MD, USACS Executive Leadership As the nation’s leading physician-owned group providing clinical services to acutely ill patients, 2020 has been a year of many difficulties. Our practice of medicine changed seemingly overnight with the spread of COVID-19, an invisible force being fought daily by our clinicians with the support of our healthcare partners. In addition to this new viral adversary, we continue to witness injustice through unequal treatment of members of our communities. The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis was one of the most recent examples of our country’s history of mistreatment, harassment, and disproportionate death in communities of color. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of people of color at a higher rate, mandating our attention on the racial disparities in healthcare in particular. Here at USACS, we are more than just a company. We are a group of independent and diverse clinicians and non-clinicians who work together as a team to provide quality medical care with compassion for our patients. Our collective diversity is the strength that allows us to better understand our patients with an open heart and empathy. Our mutual respect of each partner’s uniqueness is one of the inherent values of our USACS culture. Each individual’s diverse perspective is not only accepted but valued, respected and encouraged. We supportallour clinicians and communities unwaveringly and stand beside them when facing inequality and injustice. At USACS, injustice and discrimination can claim no sanctuary. Diversity, equality and inclusion are integral tenets of our company’s mission. Our Diversity and Inclusion Council uses the talents of our clinicians and non-clinicians from all over the country to highlight crucial issues (including racial discrimination) that affect our colleagues and patients. The DI council, with the support of our leadership, will lead our initiatives on mitigating bias and practices that perpetuate disparities in care. We are mentoring and encouraging our people of all races and ethnicities to pursue positions of leadership to promote a diverse workforce. Although all of us may not personally experience every individual struggle, it is our duty to understand and strive for better for ourselves and for each other. To our colleagues, family, and friends of color: To elicit change we have tobethe change that we want to see in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those whose lives were unjustly taken. We are also sending support to all those in our workplace and communities who are grieving or suffering during this difficult time. The battle for human rights against racism is not just for one group of people, but a duty to be shared by us all. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” For our patients. For each other. We are ONE USACS.

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