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American Anesthesiology Acquires NC Group Practice

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, December 18, 2009

American Anesthesiology, Inc., has acquired Wilmington Anesthesiologists, a physician group practice in southeastern North Carolina with more than 39,000 cases annually. Details of the cash deal were not disclosed.

Wilmington Anesthesiologists has 24 physicians who practice at New Hanover (NC) Regional Medical Center, a 514-bed acute-care hospital that is a regional referral and trauma center, and at Cape Fear (NC) Hospital, a 133-bed community hospital that specializes in orthopedic services. The practice also provides services at nearby Atlantic Surgicenter and Wilmington Plastic Surgery Specialists.

"It was extremely important for us to partner with a solid force in anesthesiology that will provide support for the growth of our practice, and that will enable us to help shape the future of anesthesiology by establishing best practices through data acquisition in the clinical care setting," said Robert M. Shakar, Jr., MD, of Wilmington Anesthesiologists, who will serve as American Anesthesiology's medical director in Wilmington.

Wilmington Anesthesiologists has been the exclusive provider of anesthesia services at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for the past 25 years, and serves the surrounding communities in southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

American Anesthesiology, a national anesthesiologists' group practice, is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and is a subsidiary of MEDNAX, Inc., which now has more than 550 anesthesiologists and advanced practitioners providing patient care in Virginia, Georgia, and North Carolina.

MEDNAX, Inc. also provides neonatal, maternal-fetal, and pediatric physician subspecialty services as well as anesthesia services. Subsidiaries include Pediatrix Medical Group, the neonatal ICU specialists.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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