PE-backed GI Alliance continues rapid growth & more: 11 GI industry key notes

Here are 11 updates from gastroenterology companies and practices from the past week:

Dallas-based GI Alliance entered into a partnership with Phoenix-based Arizona Digestive Health, growing its affiliated network to more than 275 physicians in four states.

Colorectal surgeon William Cirocco, MD, joined Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz.

Pittsburgh-based providers Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health opened AHN Center for Advanced Endoscopy at Allegheny General Hospital.

Peter Bernheim, MD, and Scott Gioe, MD, joined Gulfport, Miss.-based Memorial Physician Clinic.

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences will begin a seven-year study to evaluate how Cologuard affects colorectal cancer screening, incidence and mortality rates.

Charleston, S.C.-based Palmetto Digestive Health added Lori Robbins, MD, to its staff.

Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center reduced the administrative work around getting a colonoscopy in its ASC.

Northwest Specialty Hospital, a physician-owned facility in Post Falls, Idaho, has opened a new endoscopy center.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals named Stephen Harrison, MD, consultant medical director.

Gastroenterology-focused group purchasing organization Gastrologix partnered with Henry Schein to offer its independent practice members access to discounted medical devices, pharmaceuticals and other accessories.

Dothan, Ala.-based Digestive Health Specialists of the Southeast is seeking permission to build a new surgery center and office complex in Dothan.

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