EyeSouth Partners Expands into Florida Panhandle With Eye Center of North Florida Affiliation

ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with the Eye Center of North Florida (ECNF), according to an announcement on Wednesday. The affiliation with the four-location clinical practice represents EyeSouth’s second in Florida and first in the Panhandle region, the management firm noted. The Eye Center of North Florida is led by Dr. Bret Fisher, Dr. Paul Garland, Dr. Jeffrey Pyne, Dr. Anthony Aker, Dr. David Edinger and Dr. Mark Jones and operates with two additional optometrists, Drs. Lisa and Scott McKim, the announcement noted. The Eye Center of North Florida will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to staff, physicians or locations.

ECNF employs approximately 100 support staff across four clinical locations in the Florida Panhandle with its headquarters and ambulatory surgery center in Panama City. ECNF was formed in 1999 following the merger of the Newberry Eye Clinic and Gulf Coast Eye Clinic, two of the oldest, most established and trusted practices in the Florida Panhandle, according to the announcement.

Many of the key employees and doctors trace their roots to before the merger with a track record of providing quality care for decades.

“We are extremely excited to partner with the premier eyecare provider in the Florida Panhandle,” Eugene Gabianelli, MD, chief medical officer of EyeSouth Partners, said in the announcement. “Our collective clinical mission is fully aligned, and we look forward to growing ECNF and expanding access to quality patient care throughout the local community.”

ECNF’s Dr. Aker said the affiliation with EyeSouth will “position the Eye Center to continue to provide quality care for decades to come, ensuring our employees, patients, and the community are taken care of over the long-run.”

EyeSouth, a management services organization backed by Shore Capital Partners, oversees an affiliate network consisting of 14 practices with approximately 90 doctors providing medical and surgical eyecare services at approximately 59 locations, including 10 surgery centers, throughout Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.