AMSURG Broadens Ophthalmology Portfolio With Strategic Physician Practice Partnership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – AMSURG, an Envision Healthcare solution, today announced the acquisition of Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center, an Arizona-based ophthalmology practice, which includes four practice locations, an ambulatory surgery center (ASC) and three optical centers. For AMSURG, a national leader in the strategic and operational management of ASCs, this introduces a new practice partnership model designed for long-term growth.

“The alignment marks a significant milestone for AMSURG and, in particular, our ophthalmology division,” said John Grant, President of Ophthalmology for AMSURG. “Strategic partnerships like this are crucial to improving the delivery of consistent quality eye care and being a provider patients can trust. Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center embodies our commitment to delivering patient-centered care and upholding high clinical standards. We are thrilled to welcome its expert team of physicians, optometrists and administrative staff to the AMSURG family.”

Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center includes four locations in the metro area, the Eye Surgery Center at the Biltmore and the Sharona Optical Centers in the Phoenix metro area. The group’s seven physicians and six optometrists provide an array of services, including LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, multifocal intraocular lenses, and comprehensive eye care.

“We are thrilled to join AMSURG, a nationally recognized leader in ophthalmic care,” said Robert McCulloch, M.D., Medical Director and Senior Cataract Surgeon for Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center. “The partnership will provide us with the support, expertise, and resources we need to position our practice for long-term growth and success as we continue to expand our footprint within the Phoenix area and provide our patients with the high-quality care they have come to expect.”

“For more than 30 years, we have partnered with physician practices to build comprehensive outpatient surgical solutions, drive utilization, improve quality measures and expand their breadth and scale of service,” said Phillip Clendenin, President of AMSURG. “In a rapidly changing environment, we seek to be the physician-centric strategic alternative of choice for the entrepreneurial and independent physician practice. Partnering with Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center was a natural fit given our existing presence in the Phoenix area and our common operational philosophy. We strongly believe our shared equity partnership model differentiates us from our competitors and will allow Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center to continue to recruit top clinical talent for years to come.”

As an industry leader in outpatient care, AMSURG supports physicians in providing quality patient care through the management and operation of their ASCs. While AMSURG specializes in many areas of care, the organization has particular expertise in eye health. Its network of providers consists of more than 700 ophthalmologists and optometrists, as well as the staff members, at more than 75 surgery centers. In 2017, centers affiliated with AMSURG performed nearly 225,000 eye procedures.

With the addition of Horizon Eye Specialists & LASIK Center, the organization is building on its commitment to improve care coordination between practices, hospitals, and surgery centers and enhance the overall delivery of care.