St. Clair Hospital, a 303-bed facility in Pittsburgh, says its acquiring Fatigati-Nalin & Associates, a primary-care practice with eight internal medicine physicians and five nurse practitioners who provide care to some 20,000 patients. No financial terms are disclosed for the transaction, which becomes effective Jan. 1, 2009. Fatigati-Nalin operates offices in the Pennsylvania towns of Mount Lebanon, Bethel Park and Bridgeville. G. Alan Yeasted, M.D., St. Clair senior vice president and chief medical officer, says the offices are leased and that the hospital will take over the leases. Fatigati-Nalin becomes the first practice to join St. Clair Medical Services, a corporate affiliate of the hospital. This is a national trend, and primary-care physicians are reevaluating the option of employment by a hospital, Yeasted says. Fatigati-Naline "came to us, butto be frankweve been talking to all our primary-care doctors to see what their plans are. Some have chosen to think about it, this group decided to do it, and I think there are those whoin the futurewill take this option. He adds that, in the future, St. Clair may consider buying other specialty practices, but the current focus is to secure our primary-care base. Yeasted also says that purchasing the practice will expedite its adoption of an electronic health-record system, which will be integrated with St. Clair and should improve preventive care as well as post-hospitalization follow-up.
Pa. primary-doc practice sells out to local hospital
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