Summit Health Management will continue its expansion this year by entering into partnerships with medical groups, possibly in the Southeast and Western U.S., while furthering the footprint for the multispecialty group it manages, Summit Medical Group, in Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties.
SHM CEO Jeffrey Le Benger said in an interview that the physician-led management services company is actively forming partnerships with other providers that will be similar to the ones that the group announced last fall, but he said it is too early to give further details other than the regions in which it is exploring partnerships.
“We believe in a physician-owned management company,” Le Benger told NJBIZ. “So SHM and its partners have similar ownership by physicians who have similar missions, visions and values. By having those aligned, you can truly develop a healthcare delivery model that is beneficial to patients.”
In September, SHM created an unprecedented partnership with Arizona Primary Care Physicians, a group of 51 medical care providers, to form Summit Medical Group Arizona, as well as a partnership with Bend Memorial Clinic in Oregon – the region’s largest independent multi-specialty medical group. Both partnerships were designed to introduce SHM’s physician-owned, value-based care model around the country.
Le Benger also said that SMG is looking to expand further into populous Bergen and Passaic Counties and for the first time, Hudson County, but would not give further details. Currently, SMG operates more than 80 primary care and multispecialty locations in seven counties in northern and central New Jersey. In November, Fair Lawn-based New Jersey Associates in Medicine, a multi-specialty group with 20 practitioners, joined SMG.