Gastro Health, a national leading medical group specializing in digestive and liver health, continues to expand its presence in the state of Ohio through their newly-announced partnership with Gastro-Intestinal Associates, Inc., effective October 1, 2021.


Gastro-Intestinal Associates Inc. consists of a main office in Lima, Ohio and six other surrounding satellite locations throughout Northwestern Ohio in the cities of Ada, Bluffton, Celina, Delphos, Glandorf, and Van Wert. The practice also includes an infusion center and an ambulatory surgery center - The Endoscopy Center of West Central Ohio - which has been recognized by The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) signifying that it meets rigorous standards to provide the safest and highest quality care to patients.


This partnership will add six physicians and six nurse practitioners to the Gastro Health Ohio teams bringing the total number of practitioners in the state to 46 physicians and 14 advanced practice providers providing care at 17 practice locations, four endoscopy centers, and four infusion centers.


“We are so proud to welcome Gastro-Intestinal Associates to the Gastro Health family,” said Gastro Health CEO Joseph Garcia. “As a well-respected and established GI provider with a remarkable reputation, Gastro-Intestinal Associates is the ideal type of practice Gastro Health wants to align with due to their commitment to patient care and advancements in the gastroenterology sector.”


For more than 30 years, Gastro-Intestinal Associates, Inc. has provided superior care to patients experiencing a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms and conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, colon polyps, colon cancer, fecal incontinence, constipation, indigestion, peptic ulcers and more.


“For decades, Gastro-Intestinal Associates has been a mission-driven, human-centered medical practice where we provide personalized care to each of our patients,” said Robert Neidich, MD, gastroenterologist. “By partnering with Gastro Health, we are now aligning ourselves with national market leaders who can help us identify emerging health care industry opportunities and more that will bring continued success to our practice, which ultimately benefits our patients.”


Clinical operations and strategy in Ohio will continue to be led by Pradeep Bekal, MD, FACG, FASGE, Vice President of Clinical Affairs for Gastro Health, Ohio, and Dan Walker, Division Vice President.


This latest acquisition by Gastro Health is part of a continued national growth and expansion period in the single-specialty gastroenterology sector over the last three years. Gastro Health has a presence in six states – Florida, Alabama, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, and Maryland – with over 120 locations consisting of medical office practices, infusion centers, imaging services, and a specialty pharmacy. Additionally, Gastro Health owns and operates endoscopy centers in five of the six states.