WellStar acquires surgical practice
by Rachel Miller
October 07, 2013 12:00 AM | 1333 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA - A six-surgeon practice that has been operating in Marietta since 1988 was acquired by the WellStar Medical Group for more than $200,000.

The Summit Surgical Specialists office at 590 Nancy St., two blocks southwest of WellStar Kennestone Hospital, will now be called Summit Surgical.

WellStar paid $200,145 to acquire certain assets from Summit, including furniture, equipment, inventory, medical records, seven surgeons and support staff, said Michelle Robinson, spokesperson for WellStar.

"Their commitment to patient care and the quality of services they provide are a natural fit with our system," said Robert Jansen, executive vice president of WellStar and chief administrative medical officer.

Summit Surgical will add to the 17 general surgeons in WellStar Medical Group, Robinson said. The Summit Surgical group will continue to provide a full range of services, including general surgeries on the colon, stomach, bladder and appendix, as well as minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.

Chris Andersen, who has been with the practice since it began and earned a medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, said half of the surgeries are out-patient procedures.

But some patients of Summit Surgical will continue to have their operations and recovery at Kennestone Hospital.

Andersen said surgery can be a scary experience, but physicians at Summit Surgical meet with their patients before surgery, visit them during rounds after the procedure and have appointments at their office to followup.

"The patients get a good sense of who their doctor is," Andersen said.

The group already had two oncologists who are trained in general surgery and also have a specialty in treating complex cancer cases with carcinomas, sarcomas, melanomas, pancreatic and gastrointestinal tumors.

Andersen said because of the number of patients, the practice needed another oncologist.

"Joining WellStar was really an avenue to bring in a new quality surgeon," Andersen said.

WellStar Health System is a not-for-profit health system that serves a population of almost 1.4 million residents in five counties.

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