KNOXVILLE, Tenn - TeamHealth Holdings, Inc. has announced the expansion of its presence in Virginia with the acquisition of Roanoke-based Southwest Emergency Physicians, Inc. (SWEP). Through this relationship, TeamHealth will assume the management and staffing of Salem-based Lewis Gale Medical Center's emergency department, which cares for approximately 42,000 patients annually.
"We sought to partner with an organization that has the necessary clinical and operational infrastructure to support the growing practice, provide the tools necessary to help the physicians achieve the high performance goals set by the hospital, and maintain a physician-led culture that puts patient care first," stated Robert Dowling, M.D., president of SWEP. "We look forward to working with TeamHealth to meet these objectives for our patients and the hospital."
"TeamHealth is excited to partner with the exceptional physicians that comprise SWEP, most of whom have been serving this emergency department more than 10 years," states John R. Staley, M.D., TeamHealth. "We share their commitment to supporting the hospital's goals and creating a physician-led culture that enhances physicians' ability to deliver high-quality emergency care to the Salem community."