Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care Group, Wisconsins largest cardiology group, is merging with Aurora Health Care in a continuation of the trend toward industry mergers in eastern Wisconsin.
The 39 cardiologists at Comprehensive will formally join with the states largest not-for-profit system after a history of working with Aurora as an independent entity. We believe strongly that the affiliation with Aurora is in the long-term best interests of our patients, Masood Akhtar, president of Comprehensive, said in a written statement.
With 12 hospitals, Aurora is the largest not-for-profit health system in the state. Although it is purchasing the cardiology group, financial details of the deal were not disclosed. The merger includes 15 interventional cardiologists, nine invasive cardiologists, eight electrophysiologists and nine others. Both organizations are based in Milwaukee.
Aurora officials in January formally took over operations of Advanced Healthcare, a multispecialty group whose 250 physicians owned the organization. In August, Aurora grew by another 14 primary-care physicians from the former Commonwealth Medical Group. Former Commonwealth director Scott Fenske said at the time the move was prompted by the continuous consolidation of Milwaukee-area healthcare. -- by Joe Carlson