ASC Industry Leader to Know: Robert Carrera of Pinnacle III
With more 20 years of healthcare experience, Mr. Carrera has spent the last 15 years developing and managing ASCs, physical and occupational rehabilitation centers, diagnostic imaging facilities and occupational medicine clinics in a multi-state region, maintaining responsibility for more than $150 million in annual revenue. Mr. Carrera provides Pinnacle III clients expertise in operational and financial controls and management as well as business development for both managed centers and physician partners.
Mr. Carrera has been actively involved in legislative issues regarding ASCs in Colorado, Minnesota, and Utah. He formerly served as vice president of the Colorado Ambulatory Surgery Center Association and was one of its founding members. Mr. Carrera received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Wayne State University in Detroit.
In an interview with Becker's ASC Review, Mr. Carrera discussed whether physicians can be involved in multiple ASCs. "It is not all that unusual in larger metropolitan areas for this to happen," he said. "About five years ago, multiple-ownership was in full swing. Physicians wanted to cover all their bases by joining several different centers, not realizing this would dilute their volume and reduce chances that any single center would be successful. Although the phenomenon still exists in some markets, it has pretty much dissipated. Now physicians tend to have very specific reasons for participating in several centers. For example, they may want one surgery center in each of two geographical areas. The geographical separation makes it fairly easy to determine what part of the physician's volume would feed into the new ASC."
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