Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 21, 2012

Crossville Medical Group affiliates with Covenant Health

CROSSVILLE — Crossville Medical Group, 100 Lantana Rd., will become an affiliate of Covenant Medical Management, Inc., effective July 1. Covenant Medical Management is the physician practice organization of Covenant Health, East Tennessee’s largest community-owned health system, which is headquartered in Knoxville and offers services throughout the region.

Crossville Medical Group became interested in affiliating its independent practice with a larger physician practice organization more than a year ago and has been searching for the right partner, according to practice administrator Gary Burto.

“As costs rise, the demands on physician practices are also growing in terms of electronic health records, tracking and reporting requirements from payers and the government, and shrinking reimbursements,” Burton said. “Many independent practices are looking for a partner with a reputation for quality care that can also provide the financial, market and organizational resources needed for successful practice management.

“At Crossville Medical Group, we want to do what is best for our patients and for the future of our practice. We chose Covenant Health after a long and extensive review of our options. Covenant and CMG are well suited to each other.”

Covenant Health President and CEO Tony Spezia said Covenant Health is looking forward to working with Crossville Medical Group to provide the community with expanded options for hospital and specialty care.

“Crossville Medical Group has a long history of providing excellent medical care to our patients and is well-respected in our community,” he said. “Covenant Health is committed to a service model of providing accessible medical care in local settings, so this partnership fits our health system’s mission very well.

“When there is a need for specialist services and advanced technologies that are not available locally, the people of Crossville will now have access to the resources of Covenant Health, which are nationally recognized for quality and patient satisfaction.”   

Crossville Medical Group will retain its practice name. The practice currently has 12 physicians and two midlevel providers, and offers comprehensive care in the areas of family practice/pediatrics, internal medicine, cardiology, and general surgery.  CMG also offers occupational health and industrial medicine, and a full range of preventive care and screenings.

Covenant Health includes eight hospitals, along with numerous outpatient services and clinics. The health system also includes specialty providers of behavioral, oncology, and rehabilitation services, along with home care, physician clinics, and community wellness and outreach programs. The health system ranks among the Top 25 integrated health networks in the U.S.

Covenant Health and its member hospitals have received awards for achieving national benchmarks for quality, implementation of advanced technology, and excellent patient care. Covenant Health has more than 1,000 affiliated physicians and 10,000 employees systemwide.

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