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U.S. Healthworks buys three more medical centers

Latest in a series of acquisitions puts the company in 17 states

Posted: January 7, 2013 11:33 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 11:33 a.m.

Bill Quinn, a physician's assistant at U.S. HealthWorks in Valencia, reviews information with a patient in 2011. U.S. HealthWorks now operates 182 clinics.

U.S. HealthWorks of Valencia has acquired three more occupational medical centers, a spokesman announced on Wednesday.

The latest purchase by the occupational healthcare specialist is of three healthcare centers operated by Advanced Occupational Medicine Specialists in the Chicago area; one located in downtown Chicago and two in the suburbs.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

This is third consecutive month U.S. HealthWorks has announced that it has acquired occupational medical centers. The company has steadily purchasing healthcare centers nationally for the past three years, making it one of the largest operators of occupational and urgent care health care centers in the country.

With this latest purchase, U.S. HealthWorks now operates 182 worksite clinics in 17 states.

The Chicago centers offer occupational healthcare services, including diagnosis and treatment for injury and illness, preventive services, pre-employment and post-offer exams and screening, and return-to-work rehabilitative care. The centers also provide sports medicine expertise.

Founded in 1995 by local physicians, Dr. Larry Barnhart and Dr. Ralph Farinella, the first U.S. HealthWorks clinics were in Saugus and Canyon Country. When Farinella retired in 2000, Barnhart opened a Valencia clinic in 1992, closing the Canyon Country location.

U.S. HealthWorks purchased the medical centers in January 2009. And in June 2012, Dignity Health of San Francisco, a Catholic-operated health care organization, merged with U.S. HealthWorks.

The Valencia healthcare organization has continued to purchase across the country that provide services similar to its operation, including occupational medicine and urgent care center services.

U.S. HealthWorks’ national network of physicians and health centers are a "great match" for Advanced Occupational Medicine Specialists, said Dr. Raj Khanna, medical director.

"Dr. Khanna and his team have tremendous medical experience and have developed a great reputation in Chicago," said Gregory Marotta, senior vice president of national operations for U.S. HealthWorks.



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