Two Wichita practices have been acquired by IPC The Hospitalist Company, which has a presence in 28 states, according to a news release.
Kansas Long Term Care Physicians and Kansas Inpatient services, both owned by Dr. John Womack and Dr. Adam Flynn, were acquired March 20.
An IPC representative said in an e-mail that IPC does not share the cost of acquisitions.
Flynn said the acquisition should not affect local services and that he and Womack will continue with the practices as designated practice group leaders.
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“I think what IPC has to offer us is a lot of improvement in terms of our administrative support and recruiting new physicians to the area,” Flynn said.
“It’s difficult to recruit physicians to move to Wichita and difficult to keep them here. We’ve seen that in our practice and every other practice in Wichita. When we can recruit them from Kansas and train them here, that’s a good fit. Trying to convince people to move here is a little more challenging.”
There are nine hospitalists in acute care facilities, three physicians in rehabilitation and skilled nursing and 15 midlevel nurse practitioners between the two groups that work in facilities throughout Wichita, Flynn said.
IPC was founded in 1995 and is based out of North Hollywood, Calif. Hospitalists focus on patient care during hospital stays and work with primary care physicians and other referring physicians. There are more than 30,000 hospitalists nationwide, according to IPC’s website.