Gastro Health Expands Executive Leadership Team Amid Rapid Growth

Gastro Health Expands Executive Leadership Team Amid Rapid Growth

New leadership roles for healthcare executives Simon Frisch and Chris Weinstein

(MIAMI, August 14, 2018)Gastro Health, LLC (“Gastro Health”), one of the nation’s fastest-growing gastroenterology groups, today announced new leadership roles for healthcare executives Simon Frisch and Chris Weinstein, who have been appointed Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations and Division Vice President, Florida, respectively. They assume their roles at a time of tremendous growth for the group, which has increased its physician headcount by more than 40% over the past twelve months to 118 providers across 55 offices in Florida. The two bring decades of combined experience and will help build vital leadership capacity for Gastro Health’s growing platform during a highly acquisitive period for the company.

“These are energizing times at Gastro Health,” said Gastro Health CEO, Joseph M. Garcia. “Simon and Chris are exceptional professionals who are mission-driven on our commitment to providing outstanding medical care and patient experiences. Their expertise is critical as we continue to scale the business.”

At a time of robust M&A activity in the gastroenterology space, Frisch and Weinstein will help guide Gastro Health’s patient-centered strategic priorities and the change management necessary to ensure successful integration of newly acquired physician groups. They will also oversee a slate of newly expanded regional leadership roles as Gastro Health continues its march across the state.

Simon Frisch

Simon Frisch, Senior Vice President, Strategic Operations, oversees the Gastro Health project management office, ancillary services, practice integration, marketing, and clinical recruiting. He is focused on system-wide operational strategy and execution for the organization. Frisch is a seasoned healthcare entrepreneur and business leader with over 20 years of diverse industry and functional experience. Prior to joining Gastro Health as Vice President of Operations in 2017, he served in progressive leadership roles at MEDNAX, a national healthcare solutions provider, and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Johnson & Johnson, and Deloitte Consulting. He earned his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chris Weinstein

Chris Weinstein joins Gastro Health as Division Vice President, Florida. Weinstein will serve as the group’s principal leader for Florida, providing strategic and operational support as the group prepares to establish additional divisions beyond the state. She brings over 20 years of healthcare leadership and physician practice management experience, with success in leading and developing teams, as well as growing multi-site, multi-size operations. Prior to Joining Gastro Health, Weinstein served as Senior Vice President of Operations and COO for a joint venture partnership with Envision Physician Services (Formerly Sheridan Healthcare). Previously, she held progressive management roles for Health Management Associates and U.S. Healthworks. She earned her MBA from Regis University, her BA from the University of Colorado, and is board certified by the Medical Group Management Association as a Medical Practice Executive.

About Gastro Health

Gastro Health is one of the fastest-growing gastroenterology groups in the United States. With a focus on patient experience, its more than 100 board-certified physicians collaborate with allied health professionals to deliver exceptional gastrointestinal care across an integrated network of 50+ locations. Gastro Health’s expert care teams utilize technology, clinical expertise, and compassionate care to provide a personalized approach to digestive health and overall wellness. Learn more at gastrohealth.com.

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Gastro Health Continues Rapid Growth and New Market Expansion with Acquisition of Largest Private Gastroenterology Group in Orlando

Gastro Health Continues Rapid Growth and New Market Expansion with Acquisition of Largest Private Gastroenterology Group in Orlando

Strategic Partnership Adds Eight Physicians and Six Advanced Practitioners in Central Florida

(MIAMI, August 7, 2018)Gastro Health, LLC (“Gastro Health”), one of the nation’s leading gastroenterology groups, today announced that is has acquired Internal Medicine Specialists, Inc. DBA Central Florida Gastroenterology (“Central Florida Gastroenterology”), the largest private practice gastroenterology group in Orlando. This acquisition delivers access to a new market for Gastro Health, with eight notable area physicians, six advanced practitioners, nine new office locations, and two endoscopy centers. The acquisition marks Gastro Health’s first partnership in the Central Florida market.

 

“We are proud to be entering the Orlando market by partnering with such an esteemed group,” said Gastro Health CEO, Joseph M. Garcia. “Central Florida Gastroenterology brings decades of specialized experience in the region, adding depth to our roster of world-class physicians and bolstering our leadership position in Florida.”

 

Central Florida Gastroenterology is one of the region’s most trusted resources for the treatment of gastrointestinal and liver disease, and is known for providing specialized diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), endoscopic ultrasound (EUS), and radio-frequency ablation (RFA). With nearly 40 years of practice in the area, the addition of the group:

 

  • Positions Gastro Health for continued growth in Central Florida and beyond.
  • Enhances Gastro Health’s comprehensive services for patients in need of specialized care for digestive and liver diseases.
  • Provides added convenience for patients across Central Florida with more opportunities to access expert physicians close to home.

 

The professionals who join from Central Florida Gastroenterology include eight gastroenterologists, four nurse practitioners, and two physician’s assistants. Among them are Dr. Steven Brint, Medical Director of the Central Florida Surgical Center, and Sudhir K. Bhaskar, MD, Section Chief Gastroenterology, Orlando Regional Medical Center, a member of the American College of Gastroenterology’s FDA Related Matters Committee and Board of Directors for the Orlando Health Foundation.

 

“We believe this collaboration will have an immediate and positive impact on our patient community,” said Dr. Avanish M. Aggarwal Managing Partner of Central Florida Gastroenterology. “Gastro Health’s robust infrastructure will allow us to further systematize our approach to exceptional patient care by driving efficiencies that support quality, access, and value.”

 

“We are excited to join Gastro Health during this period of record growth,” said Dr. Kenneth Feuer of Central Florida Gastroenterology, Chief of Gastroenterology at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital and Medical Director of Citrus Ambulatory Surgical Center. “We share Gastro Health’s patient-centered mission and this partnership reinforces our ongoing commitment to providing compassionate, personalized healthcare.”

 

About Gastro Health

Gastro Health is one of the fastest-growing gastroenterology groups in the United States. With a focus on exceptional gastrointestinal care and the patient experience, its more than 100 board-certified physicians collaborate with allied health professionals through an integrated network of 50+ locations. Gastro Health’s expert care teams utilize technology, clinical expertise, and compassionate care to provide a personalized approach to digestive health and overall wellness. Learn more at gastrohealth.com.

 

Media Contact

Frank Manes, Vice President of Business Development
fmanes@gastrohealth.com
305-351-8151