Mon, May 8, 2017
LAGRANGE, Ga. – Patients seeing their physician this week may notice a few changes at West Georgia Physicians Group (WGHP). It’s all part of WellStar Health System’s strategy to better coordinate their care through an expanded network. West Georgia Medical Center became part of WellStar last year, and on Monday, May 8, WGHP officially joins WellStar Medical Group, one of the Southeast’s largest multi-specialty medical groups.
“We are thrilled to align ourselves with a team of more than 1,000 providers representing 30 specialties and their vision of delivering world-class healthcare,” said pulmonologist Richard S. Simmons, M.D., who has served as executive medical director for WGHP for the past three years. “For our patients, this partnership means better, more coordinated care and access to services. Starting today, we will be converting to EPIC as our new electronic medical record system. This change will allow WellStar Medical Group providers to share information across practices, as well as allow patients to access their records, see test results and communicate with their physicians using WellStar’s MyChart patient portal.”
In joining WellStar Medical Group, all of the physician practices associated with WGHP will remain in their same locations and keep their current telephone numbers, but their practice names will change to combine “WellStar Medical Group” with their respective medical or surgical specialties.
WMG has roots dating back to 1994, when WellStar Health System was formed. With the inclusion of WGHP, WMG will provide services to patients in more than 240 locations. The organization serves as a seamless continuum of healthcare services including primary and specialty care, acute and ambulatory care, all set in easily accessible ambulatory locations.
“Transitioning to WellStar Medical Group will enable all our practices to run more efficiently,” Simmons said. “WMG has been operating physician practices for two decades, and they have developed best practices. More than anything, we can rely on the expertise of the WMG team to oversee the business operations associated with our practices, which in turn, frees the physicians to spend more time focusing strictly on their patients.”
Launched in 2011, WGHP offers both primary and selected specialty care. The group currently is composed of 22 clinic practices located in LaGrange, Hogansville, West Point, Greenville, Pine Mountain, Columbus and Opelika, Ala., plus a group of hospitalists who care for patients during their hospital stays. It employs almost 70 providers, including physicians and advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants. Their practices represent a wide range of specialties including bariatric surgery; cardiovascular medicine; ear, nose and throat care; endocrinology; family medicine; gastroenterology; general surgery; gynecology; hematology/oncology; internal medicine; obstetrics; occupational medicine; pediatrics; pulmonary medicine; sleep medicine; radiation oncology; urology and wound care.
For more information on the new practice names or to locate one of these providers, visit wellstar.org/wgphysicians.