Illinois Gastroenterology Group Joins GI Alliance
Dallas, TX – July 26, 2019 – GI Alliance (GIA), the nation’s largest independent gastroenterology services organization, today announced a partnership with Illinois Gastroenterology Group (IGG). With IGG and Texas Digestive Disease Consultants (TDDC) as partner practices, GIA now represents over 215 physicians in over 140 locations across three states.
Serving the Chicago, IL metro area, IGG is the largest independent gastroenterology practice in Illinois and one of the ten largest in the U.S. by physician count. IGG was founded in 2010 through the affiliation of several leading GI groups and has invested significantly in clinical and administrative infrastructure as it has grown. In addition to core gastrointestinal (GI) services, IGG provides ancillary services including pathology, anesthesiology, infusion, and clinical research.
“This partnership is an important step in our evolution,” said Dr. Mitch Bernsen, President of IGG. “GI Alliance’s unique model allows IGG to retain the identity we have painstakingly built over the years, while joining a larger team of physicians to pursue common goals and operational efficiencies, with a steadfast commitment to high-quality care for our patients.”
“In pursuing a partnership for growth, we had many different options,” said Dr. Larry Kosinski, a founding partner of IGG. “We chose GI Alliance over several attractive financial alternatives because of GIA’s strategic value and strong alignment with our culture and philosophy. As a physician-led, physician-owned organization dedicated to the advancement of our specialty, GIA in our view provides the best home and future for IGG’s physicians.”
Dr. Kevin Liebovich, Executive Board Member of IGG, remarked, “As part of the GI Alliance, IGG will retain a high degree of practical autonomy, but we will also engage in structured forums with our peers from other leading U.S. practices to develop and share clinical and operational best practices. GI Alliance will be a thought leader and an advocate of progress in the gastroenterology community nationwide.”
“IGG is one of the most well-respected GI organizations in the country,” said Dr. Jim Weber, CEO of GI Alliance. “We are honored to have a practice of IGG’s size and repute join GIA in our mission to build the premier national GI platform for patients seeking dependable, high-quality care.”
As of the closing of the transaction, GIA has partnered with IGG’s clinical practice entity. Separately, GIA intends to make future investments in the ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in which IGG’s physicians practice and own distinct interests. GIA intends to support IGG’s growth in the Midwest while retaining and supplementing the administrative functions that have served IGG historically.