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Blake hospital is buying Healthcare America and four locations

BRADENTON — Blake Medical Center is buying a local multi-physician medical practice with four locations.

Stephanie Petta, marketing director for Blake, said Wednesday the Healthcare America Medical Group will be part of the hospital healthcare system when the agreement becomes effective Sept. 1.

“This will open a lot of opportunities for patients across the continuum of care,” Petta said.

Officials at Healthcare America could not be reached Wednesday for comment, but Petta said the acquisition will not affect the individual physician’s practice.

“They will receive some technical support,” she said, such as electronic medical record technology.

“But they will still operate independently,” Petta said. “It will be a seamless transition for the physicians, staff and patients.”

She said there may be some beneficial changes for the community at a later date.

Dr. Werther Marciales, president of Healthcare America, was quoted in a press release as saying the medical group “will benefit from capital investments such as additional diagnostic equipment.”

In the same press release, Blake Chief Executive Officer Daniel Friedrich said the hospital, which is part of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, can offer the medical group doctors “insulation from ever decreasing reimbursement rates.”

Petta said the purchase amount was not being disclosed.

Blake, located at 2020 59th St. W., was founded in 1973 by local doctors. It is a 383-bed facility that offers a complete range of services, including 24-hour emergency room care.

Healthcare America, which has four locations throughout the county, was established in 1994 as a medical group practice.