Northern Hospital of Surry County announces it has joined forces with Northwest Medical Partners, PA and ProHealth Fitness Center. The long standing group of medical providers at Northwest Medical became part of the Northern Medical Group physician network on October 1, 2015. All of the current staff have been offered jobs with NHSC.
Effective Thursday, Northwest Medical Partners became Northern Medical Group – Family Medicine, joining the established network of 40 specialty providers. ProHealth Fitness became Northern Wellness & Fitness Center.
“The agreement is a win-win for all parties – Northern Hospital, Northern Medical Group, Northwest Medical Partners, ProHealth Fitness, and patients, many of whom already benefit from the quality care provided by the physicians, nurses, and allied-health caregivers at both entities,” said Ned Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Hospital, which offers a full array of diagnostic and treatment services in multiple specialties and emergency care. “This merger further strengthens the ability of Northern Hospital and Northwest Medical Partners to meet the comprehensive healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”
“Northern Medical Group welcomes the addition of Primary Care to its core network of physician specialists which includes: cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pain management, pediatrics, pulmonology, and urology,” said Gregory M. Schulz, FACHE Vice President of Physician Network for Northern Hospital.
“We are excited to join with Northern Hospital to help ensure that our patients, have seamless access to the acute care programs and specialty services available at Northern Hospital and Northern Medical Group’s physician network,” said Dr. Nelson Gardner, managing partner of Northwest Medical Partners, P.A. “We look forward to the benefits this partnership brings to our practice and most importantly to our patients.”
Patients and clients of Northwest Medical and ProHealth will notice a few changes in the coming weeks. Important information to know:
- New signage reflects the change in facility names for the medical practice, pharmacy, and fitness center.
- The facility’s address, phone, and fax numbers remain the same.
- Northern Medical Group Family Medicine continues to provide all services offered by Northwest Medical Partners. These services include: family medicine, medical weight loss, laboratory, pharmacy, x-ray, bone density and ultrasound scans.
- All medical providers of Northwest Medical Partners have been offered full-time employment under Northern Medical Group – Family Medicine. Dr. D. Nelson Gardner and Dr. Challie A. Minton have remained with the practice, along with four Certified Physician Assistants – Michael H. Cartledge, Laura E. Hedlund, C. Anthony Hutton, and Nicole E. Coalson.
- All current memberships, arrangements, and services for clients of ProHealth Fitness Center remain in effect.
Northwest Medical Partners, P.A. was established by D. Nelson Gardner, MD in 2000. Dr. Gardner opened the doors to ProHealth Fitness Center that same year. Both facilities have served thousands of patients and clients throughout Surry County and surrounding communities throughout the region including southwest Virginia. In October 2012, Dr. Challie A. Minton and Physician Assistant Michael H. Cartledge joined the Northwest Medical partnership. The ProHealth Pharmacy was added in 2012 and is currently undergoing an expansion.
About Northern Hospital
Northern Hospital of Surry County is an independently operated award winning facility with a number of outpatient service locations. Northern Medical Group is the hospital’s network of primary care and specialty providers delivering a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the community. Northern is recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Business North Carolina for excellence in patient care and was honored with a Grade “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group. The state-of-the art Surgery Center houses a wide range of inpatient and outpatient procedures including orthopedics, gynecology, gastroenterology, urological, surgeries of the eye, and other general surgeries. Northern Hospital is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina and serves the northwest Piedmont region of NC and neighboring counties in southwest Virginia. For more information, please call (336) 719-7000 or visit www.northernhospital.com