Arise Healthcare to Expand: 5 Things to Know

Arise Healthcare, a healthcare management and development company, plans to expand with several new facilities. Here are five things to know about the company and its business model, according to a Community Impact Newspaper report.

1. Jared Leger and Robert Wills, MD, founded Arise Healthcare in 2009. Mr. Leger is now CEO and a managing partner of the company. Dr. Wills serves as chief medical officer. The company focuses on physician-owned hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. "We want to provide healthcare the way it was intended. When doctors get involved in management [patient] treatment gets better," said Mr. Ledger in the report.

2. Stonegate Surgery Center in Austin, Texas, became the company's first ambulatory surgery center in 2009. The company has grown to include Hays Surgery Center in Kyle, Texas, and Cedar Park (Texas) Surgery Center. Hays Surgery Center opened in February 2013 as the first outpatient facility in Kyle.

3. In 2013, Arise Healthcare acquired Austin Surgical Hospital from Symbion. The hospital has been renamed Arise Austin Medical Center. Under the umbrella of the hospital, the company opened Riverplace Imaging and Women's Center, Hays Imaging Center and the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center – all within a 35-mile radius of the hospital. "We call that our 'hub-and-spoke' model with [Arise Austin Medical Center] being our main campus. Our growth strategy is to continue with the hub-and-spoke model," said Mr. Leger in the report.

4. Arise Healthcare plans to open Medical Towers at Shadowglen in Manor, Texas; Medical Towers at Riverplace in Austin; Cypress Creek Medical Plaza in Cedar Park, Texas; and Medical Towers at Sawyer Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas. The company is also considering opening facilities in three additional locations. "People don't want to go to [downtown] main campuses anymore. They want healthcare that's more convenient…If you put ancillary services in neighborhoods, it's good for the patient," said Mr. Leger in the report.

5. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act generally prohibits physician-owned hospitals from expanding and Stark law limits physician-owner referrals. These regulations place limitations on the Arise business model, according to the report. But, many providers and healthcare companies, such as Arise, are turning to ancillary services as a key business strategy.

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