Tanner Medical Group Among Atlanta’s Top 25 Physician Group Practices
Posted Date: 7/31/2013
Bonnie Boles, MD, board-certified in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine with Tanner Lung and Sleep Specialists, a Tanner Medical Group practice, checks up on Villa Rica resident Joan True.
Tanner Medical Group, part of Tanner Health System, is one of the Atlanta area’s Top 25 Physician Group Practices, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
The city’s leading source for business news ranked metro Atlanta’s physician groups by the number of physicians in the group. As of April 1, the Atlanta Business Chronicle accounted for 78 Tanner Medical Group physicians, placing the group 13th on the list, just behind just behind DeKalb Medical Primary Care Division and Piedmont Heart Institute, which tied with 90 physicians each. With 1,367 physicians, The Emory Clinic ranked No. 1 in Atlanta.
Tanner Medical Group’s placement on the annual list comes at a time of rapid growth for the group, which added Carrollton-based West Georgia Healthcare for Women to its growing list of member practices, as well as additional providers in several specialties, including cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pain management, psychiatry, radiation oncology, vascular surgery and more.
In fact, since the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s tally, Tanner Medical Group has grown to include a total of 97 physicians, as well as 59 advanced practice providers—nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists—for a total of 156 providers throughout the group’s practices.
Tanner Medical Group also has completed the first year of piloting the “patient-centered medical home” model at several of its primary care practices, which provides a greater focus to patients who need more support in maintaining their health, including encouragement and reminders to exercise, take medication and schedule follow-up appointments.
Each of the group’s more than 30 practices also have successfully completed the first stage of “meaningful use” implementation, installing and utilizing electronic health records at each clinic to allow physicians to access more information on a given patient—such as previous test results and health histories—to make more informed diagnoses and prescribe more effective treatment.
“More than ever, Tanner Medical Group is playing a central role in our mission as a health system,” said Loy Howard, president and CEO of Tanner Health System. “As we focus on innovative ways that we can improve the health of the communities we serve, we’re relying more and more on our team of employed physicians, empowering them to take an active role in their patients’ health in a wide range of specialties. Their commitment to quality care is why the group has grown and continues to grow, and why we’re able to have doctors in communities like New Georgia, Franklin, Tallapoosa and elsewhere.”
The medical group plans to continue growing in the coming year, with additional providers starting in the region and practices joining the group.
Tanner Medical Group offers more than 30 regional medical practices, many with multiple locations. The group’s providers represent a wide range of specialties, including anesthesiology; cardiology and interventional cardiology; gastroenterology; family medicine; general surgery; internal medicine; neurology; obstetrics and gynecology; pediatrics; psychiatry; pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine; radiation oncology and surgical breast oncology; and vascular surgery.
For more information on Tanner Medical Group, including a complete list of practices and provider, visit www.TannerMedicalGroup.org.