Acadiana Business

Schumacher expands to New York state

by Leslie Turk

Lafayette's Schumacher Group was named the exclusive ER provider for NY state hospital system. Schumacher Group was chosen the exclusive emergency medicine management firm for Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, the first new hospital in New York state in nearly 25 years, and its sister hospital, Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY.

Both hospitals are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, the active parent company of the institutions, which provides health care to nearly 450,000 residents in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties in New York state. This is the first contract for Schumacher Group in this area of the country.

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System chose Schumacher Group over 12 competing management firms to staff its busy emergency departments at ORMC and CRMC, according the press release announcing the contract.

ORMC alone will see approximately 65,000 annual visits to their ER. In order to provide clinical leadership and operational oversight in the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Schumacher Group hired Drs. Bruce Whitman and Carlos Holden as medical directors for ORMC and CRMC, respectively. Schumacher also brought Dr. Anuj Vohra onto the staff at ORMC as the associate medical director.

"This is a brand new market for our company, so the recruitment effort was tremendous," said Jason Duncan, Schumacher emergency medicine director of provider recruiting and retention. "With no previous contracts in this area of the country, the Greater Hudson Valley Health System put great trust in our team. We worked hard, retaining 50 percent of the existing physicians from the previous staffing group and signing four new physicians to join in."

The complete turnaround for the start-up took place in just 90 days.

"Our expansion with the Greater Hudson Valley contract marks a new territory for our organization," said Schumacher Group President and COO Jim Guidry. "We are confident that our medical directors, along with our incredible team of providers, nurses and physicians' assistants, will all work together to put patients first and deliver quality care at ORMC and CRMC."

The momentum from the Greater Hudson Valley Health System contract has since brought Schumacher Group into other parts of the Northeast as well. As of March 1, St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, NJ, welcomed the company as the exclusive provider of its emergency department services.

Schumacher Group is one of the largest emergency medical staffing and management companies in the country. It is also a health care resource for hospital medicine, wellness programs, care management, urgent care, physical therapy, and billing and coding.

In July of last year Schumacher Group CEO Dr. William "Kip" Schumacher announced a major expansion of the company that over the next five years will create 600 direct jobs in the Lafayette area, with average salaries of $62,500, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the corporate expansion project will result in the creation of another 784 indirect jobs. Read more here.

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