JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Cardiology Consultants of Johnson City has joined Mountain States Medical Group (MSMG) Cardiology, adding one of the region’s premier cardiology practices to Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) and increasing outreach for the entire group.
The merger, effective Oct. 1, adds six cardiologists and one nurse practitioner to MSMG Cardiology’s current staff that includes nine cardiologists. Cardiology Consultants of Johnson City (CCJC) physicians already have an established relationship with MSHA, seeing patients at Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Sycamore Shoals Hospital and Indian Path Medical Center. CCJC physicians also have privileges at several other area hospitals, including Unicoi County Memorial Hospital in Erwin, Tenn. and Laughlin Memorial Hospital in Greeneville, Tenn.
“We have a long standing, excellent relationship with a high-quality organization and we’ve formalized it by joining them, which will allow us to expand our services more rapidly,” said Dr. Christopher Sholes, a founding member of CCJC. “Our group felt like, with health reform looming, it was important to partner with the region’s strongest health system.”
For now, both cardiology groups will continue practicing in their current locations, but Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation (BRMMC), the parent company of MSMG, plans to build a new medical office building on State of Franklin Road to house the newly merged group in one location. MSMG Cardiology’s Johnson City office is at 3 Professional Park Drive, while Cardiology Consultants of Johnson City is located at 311 Princeton Road.
The new facility would also house cardiothoracic surgery practitioners and diagnostics in one accessible, high-visibility location. The merger also means all the cardiologists will have integrated electronic health records, so every physician will have access to a patient’s medical record across the continuum of care.
“We’re leveraging the strengths of MSHA and MSMG with a well-known cardiology group that has access points across the region,” said Dr. Doug Edema, president and CEO of MSMG. “What we’re able to do is provide a better facility, better equipment and more opportunity for diagnostics that they wouldn’t have been able to do on their own as a cardiology group.”
Both cardiology groups practice in Johnson City, Kingsport and Elizabethton in Tennessee and also in Abingdon, Va., but their coverage areas branch out in different directions. Cardiology Consultants of Johnson City also sees patients in Mountain City, Roan Mountain, and Bristol, Tenn., and Linville, N.C., to the east, and Greeneville and Erwin to the southwest. MSMG Cardiology’s outreach extends to offices in Lebanon, Marion and Norton, Va.
The partnership will increase the coverage area and reach more patients, said Steve Kilgore, president and CEO of Blue Ridge Medical Management Corporation, which oversees MSMG.
“When you consider the locations in which the merged group now provides cardiology services, it clearly represents the region’s most impressive and extensive coverage,” Kilgore said. “We are bringing together two groups who have a history of high-quality, patient-centered care and are committed to MSHA’s mission of bringing loving care to health care.”
The cardiologists for CCJC are:
Dr. Christopher Sholes
Dr. Vipul R. Brahmbhatt
Dr. Israel D. Garcia
Dr. Fawwaz Hamati
Dr. Shobha Hiremagalur
Dr. Ahmed Khan
Other cardiologists in Mountain States Medical Group are:
For more information, call Cardiology Consultants of Johnson City at 423-282-3377, MSMG Cardiology at 423-979-6000 or visit www.msha.com/ccjc.