Franciscan acquires health care company

2013-05-28T16:15:00Z 2013-05-28T16:34:04Z Franciscan acquires health care companyBy Vanessa Renderman vanessa.renderman@nwi.com, (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

MICHIGAN CITY | Franciscan Alliance officials announced Tuesday the acquisition of a health care company with four locations in Portage and Valparaiso.

HealthAccess Clinics LLC will become part of Franciscan Alliance, effective Saturday, under the auspices of Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City.

The health care company, in business since 2009, offers occupational medicine, such as physical exams and drug and alcohol testing, as well as lab services and wellness programs, such as bone density screenings.

HealthAccess Clinics and Franciscan offer similar services but use different models.

“HealthAccess offers combined primary care, urgent care and occupational health clinics at their four locations in Porter County," said Scott Mundell, Franciscan Alliance regional director of business development. "Franciscan Alliance typically has operated these services at different and distinct locations. The four Porter County locations enhance Franciscan Alliance’s ability to provide care across Northwest Indiana."

He said the two Portage sites are Franciscan Alliance's first clinics there, and the two Valpo locations complement Franciscan's existing services, including Franciscan ExpressCare and Working Well.

"HealthAccess also offers a unique service to individuals who either have no insurance or high deductibles," Mundell said. "The plan allows for unlimited urgent care visits for a fixed fee."

The acquisition is expected to be seamless. 

“Currently, our name, pricing, locations, services, technology and processes will remain the same," HealtheACCESS Clinics owner Don Kiger said in a news release. "We will make notification of any changes."

The affiliation was done with patients’ best interests in mind, he stated.

The HealthAccess Clinics are located at the Port of Indiana Administration Building, 6615 S. Boundary Road, and at 3220 Lancer St., in Portage; and at 809 LaPorte Ave., and 2590 Morthland Drive, Suite 1, in Valparaiso.

Franciscan declined to disclose financial details of the acquisition.

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