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Healthcare Professionals / Progress Notes / In the Spotlight / Gastroenterology practices combine to offer greater access, more specialized care

 
Gastroenterology practices combine to offer greater access, more specialized care
1/6/2017

Two Lancaster County gastroenterology practices have combined to form Regional GI. 

Lancaster Gastroenterology Inc. and Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster each have served local patients for more than 40 years. Dale Whitebloom, D.O., president of Regional GI, said the groups combined to be stronger for the future and provide more specialized care with greater access for the community.

“We really feel the combined group will be an asset to the community,” he said. “We’re really excited about what we can do together.”

Regional Gi’s 24 physicians (including 21 partners) and 10 advanced practice providers will see patients at the Suburban Pavilion, the Women’s Specialty Center, Brownstown and Norlanco. Providers will perform ambulatory procedures at the Suburban Pavilion, in Brownstown, and at all four local hospitals.

Andre Renna, Executive Director of the former RGAL, said consolidations are increasingly common in gastroenterology, as well as other specialties. Pooling resources better positions RGI to face the current and future challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

The two groups began discussing a possible consolidation about two years ago. A committee of Dr. Whitebloom, Renna, LGI Practice Administrator Tara Casher, and Drs. Paul Allegretti, Justin Harberson, Mark Johnston, Mehul Lalani and Ben Lazarus met weekly for 18 months.

The physician leaders and administrators came together remarkably well, Renna said. The committee reconciled differences in operations by adopting the best practices from both groups.

Casher said the combined RGI will increase the scope and specialization of services available locally, so patients will only rarely have to leave the area for care.

“The talent pool of these combined practices is impressive,” she said. “We are aligning now for the betterment of the community. We are stronger together.”

Referral patterns will be the same, including on Epic. Referring providers and patients may continue to request a specific provider, and the group will continue to offer a direct telephone line for quick provider access. Access for patients should be transparent, with an emphasis on continuity of care.

Dr. Whitebloom said RGI will focus on developing expertise in five service lines: irritable bowel disease, advanced endoscopy, women’s health, nutrition and obesity management, and the liver center.

“Those are five areas where we think we can really develop expertise, consolidate services and add value to the community,” he said. “We would also like to broaden our clinical footprint beyond the traditional county boundaries.

“Coming together will enable us to provide a value-based, extraordinary care experience to our patients and the community for years to come.”
 

  • To reach Regional Gi, please call 717-869-4600.
 
 

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