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Medical care group has now expanded into multiple states

Posted: January 25, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Updated: January 25, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Brooks Marshall, vice president of business development for U.S. HealthWorks, describes the company's expansion while standing in the company's urgent and occupational health care center on Rye Canyon Road in Valencia.

 

U.S. HealthWorks in Santa Clarita first entered the local market when it acquired two medical centers in 2009 that were launched by local physicians Dr. Larry Barnhart and Dr. Ralph Farinella.

Now headquartered in Valencia, the largest independent operator of occupational medicine and urgent care centers in the United States, U.S. HealthWorks partners with more than 80,000 employers. And it has since expanded into 19 states with 3,200 employees nationwide, said an executive with the company. Of that total number, 335 are physicians.

Nationally, healthcare is a $1.668 trillion industry, according the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, with patient care accounting for 64 percent of the revenue.

Of the 784,626 health care companies in the U.S., California leads the nation with 94,228 health care related companies operating in this one state alone – U.S. HealthWorks among them.

“U.S. HealthWorks’ goal is to strategically expand our footprint in markets where we can best serve our clients,” said Diane Yu, vice president of sales and marketing.

The company has seen a lot of growth momentum, and it plans to continue that momentum and continue growing.

In July 2012, Dignity Health, the fifth largest health system in the nation at the time, acquired U.S. HealthWorks. Based in San Francisco, the Dignity Health system at the time worked with 10,000 physicians and 55,000 employees through its network of more than 150 ancillary care sites and 40 acute care hospitals.

“Since then, we ramped our acquisition process even more in the 12 months of 2013 and acquired more clinics than ever,” said Brooks Marshall, vice president of business development for U.S. HealthWorks.

While historically focused more on occupational medicine, U.S HealthWorks now has more urgent care clinics in its fold and is in the process of acquiring more, Brooks said.

“We like to enter a new space; we like to be to scale because it makes sense for us,” he said.

Last year the medical group completed a transaction with Indiana University Health to provide occupational healthcare services to employers in the state.

Going forward, U.S. HealthWorks would like to enter more strategic partnerships like that one, Brooks said. There are eight outpatient healthcare clinics affiliated with the University, Brooks said.

The clinics had really strong people and strong leadership in the clinics, he said. They also had an established brand in the market that the medical group can leverage going forward.

“With changes as a result of healthcare reform, the shortage of primary care physicians is well documented,” Brooks said. “We have a huge asset with our medical clinics as more and more people are starting to use urgent care clinics. We can fill the void and help to balance that (shortage) out.”

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