Wishard and aligned faculty physicians form Eskenazi Medical Group

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Indianapolis, April 19, 2012 – Wishard and a group of primary care and hospitalist physicians, who are faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine, have formed a new medical group for physicians and advanced practice providers who care for patients at Wishard and its community health centers throughout Indianapolis. Wishard hospitalists and primary care physicians who previously cared for patients through IU Medical Group-Primary Care have transitioned to Eskenazi Medical Group. Eskenazi Medical Group physicians will continue to be members of the faculty of the IU School of Medicine, focusing on primary care for children, adults and seniors.
“As members of the IU School of Medicine faculty, Eskenazi Medical Group physicians are providing the highest quality and most advanced care available in Indianapolis at Wishard’s community health centers, our hospital and — in 2013 — the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital,” said Dr. John Kunzer, pediatrician and interim CEO of Eskenazi Medical Group. “Nationally, we hear about health systems and physician groups aligning, but we view the creation of Eskenazi Medical Group as a true partnership. This unique partnership creates an exciting opportunity for physicians to lead and to be accountable for transforming health care to best deliver the highest level of service and patient-centered care to our communities.”

Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County, which operates Wishard, and the IU School of Medicine reached agreement to transition physicians out of the IU Medical Group-Primary Care (IUMG-PC) practice they had previously co-founded and co-operated. Former IUMG-PC physicians have either become part of Eskenazi Medical Group or IU Health Physicians.

Eskenazi Medical Group has more than 120 physicians, advanced practice providers and staff providing care at Wishard Hospital and in 10 community health care centers throughout Indianapolis, including Blackburn Health Center, Cottage Corner Health Center, Eagledale Health Center, Forest Manor Health Center, Grassy Creek Health Center, Linwood Health Center, North Arlington Health Center, Pecar Health Center, Westside Health Center and the Wishard Primary Care Center.
Former IUMG-PC physicians who became members of IU Health Physicians will continue to provide medical treatment in the same office locations, which are now IU Health Physicians facilities and include Eagle Highlands, Epler Parke, Glendale, IU Hospital Outpatient Center, Anderson, Avon, Mooresville and the Riley General Pediatrics Clinic (MSA-1). The practice transitions cover all patients, including those with commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, and the uninsured.

Patients choose Wishard and Eskenazi Medical Group because of the excellent quality, low cost, convenience and approach to providing patient-centered care. As always, patients of Wishard’s community health centers and Eskenazi Medical Group are cared for without regard for ability to pay. Wishard and Eskenazi Medical Group providers provide care for patients with commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Wishard Health Advantage and the uninsured.
Eskenazi Medical Group believes all patients deserve access to high-quality medical care, regardless of their ability to pay, and to be empowered consumers who actively participate in their health care.

Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County and the Board of Trustees of Indiana University formed IUMG-PC’s parent company in 1996 and operated IUMG-PC facilities throughout central Indiana. In the dissolution of IUMG-PC, these facilities will become either exclusively Eskenazi Medical Group practices or IU Health Physicians sites.