Three Maine independent physician practices—OA-Centers for Orthopaedics, Central Maine Orthopaedics and Spectrum Medical Group—have signed a letter of intent to explore merging their practices.
“Innovative and proactive leadership is imperative in this uncertain and rapidly changing healthcare landscape,” John Wipfler, CEO of OA, said in a news release. “Our decision to integrate operations will provide opportunities to improve efficiency, ensure our ability to remain independent and maintain our focus on patient-centered care.”
The merger, which is expected to be completed by year-end, would not affect patients' relationships with their doctors or daily interactions with each of the practices, according to the release. Direct effects would include the development of an orthopedics division at Spectrum and an increase in its physician staff from about 170 to 200.