Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging signs Letter of Intent with Franklin & Seidelmann
Cleveland 06 February 2006Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging LLC, a provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services, has selected Franklin & Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology (F&S), a national subspecialty radiology interpretation provider, to provide its radiology interpretation services. The comprehensive Letter of Intent, which is expected to be finalized within 60 days, calls for F&S to provide all of Spectrum's radiology interpretation services for 14 of its sites. The F&S network of virtual subspecialty radiologists will work as a team in conjunction with Spectrum's on-site expert radiologists.
Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging, headquartered in Ohio, is a provider of diagnostic imaging services with 16 facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Florida. Spectrum facilities offer multiple modalities, including MR, CT, Ultrasound, Bone Density, Mammography, XRay and Nuclear Medicine. It consistently ranks among the top 20 of the largest diagnostic outpatient imaging centre organisations in the United States, with annual procedure volumes exceeding 100.000.
"Improving our quality of patient care is a core value for Spectrum, and this long-term strategic alliance positions us to do that by integrating our radiologists with the subspecialty expertise found among Franklin & Seidelmann radiologists resulting in a team approach to delivering on-site expertise coupled with distributed national expertise", explained Spectrum Chairman/CEO Richard J. Kampa. "Throughout our practice locations, we're seeing an increased level of referral opportunity from orthopaedic surgeons, podiatrists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, and these cases typically call for a complimentary level of radiology expertise only a subspecialist such as those radiologists within the Franklin & Seidelmann network can provide", added Richard Kampa.
Spectrum's initiative with F&S is another component of its investment strategy in new and improved services and equipment. Formerly known as Regional Diagnostics, the firm is in the process of spending $5,2 million in new modalities, and equipment and facility upgrades that include new High Field MRI units, new CTs, and upgraded mammography units. The company is being directed by an experienced management team consisting of Richard Kampa, President/CFO/COO Ron L. Clark, and Dr. Douglas Arnson, National Medical Director.
"Our relationship with Franklin & Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology fits Spectrum's strategy of offering unparalleled, top-tier radiology services to our patients and their referring physicians as the premier radiology services provider in the Midwest", stated Dr. Arnson. "They will be a strong partner for us as we solidify our position in our various markets and address the sophisticated needs of our referring physicians", he added.
The agreement allows both Spectrum and F&S to meet a variety of similar market conditions that are affecting their businesses:
- New modalities and their applications are making radiology readings infinitely more complex, requiring radiologists to expand their knowledge base.
- Many clinicians today insist upon more detailed subspecialty radiology interpretations.
- There is an overall radiologist shortage and even greater demand for subspecialists.
"We have always strived for and will continue to provide excellent patient services, such as fast report turnaround, same day appointments, affiliation with all major insurance plans, insurance pre-certification service for referrers, and convenient locations and hours of operation", stated Ron Clark. "We're committed to investing in new areas to further improve our level of service, such as the new Referring Practice Portal we're launching that provides referring physicians easy access to patient reports and images via the Web", added Ron Clark.
"Our relationship with Spectrum allows us to showcase what we view as the optimum strategy for how Diagnostic Imaging Centers will serve their patients going forward", stated F&S CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Frank Seidelmann. "The combination of on-site radiologists supplemented with access to our world renowned subspecialists provides Spectrum with an enviable offering of services they can offer the physician community. In addition, our far-reaching relationship with Spectrum calls for our two organisations to work together as business partners, where we'll assist their staff in modality selection and protocol consultation, and subspecialty marketing education", stated Dr. Seidelmann.
Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging operates 16 outpatient radiology imaging centres in Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and South Florida, employing more than 250 employees with 12 affiliated radiologists. The company offers diagnostic imaging services to patients and referring physicians including MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, mammography, fluoroscopy, bone density and X-ray offered in a patient-friendly outpatient setting.
Franklin & Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology is a national subspecialty radiology provider in the United States serving imaging centres, radiology groups, in-office practices, specialty clinics and hospitals. Clients include physicians who support several NFL, NHL, NBA, NCAA and WNBA teams, the X-Games and the WWF. The F&S network of more than 25 doctors, who combined are licensed in 50 states, include board certified musculoskeletal, body, and cardiovascular specialists, and neuroradiologists with Certificate of Added Qualification. F&S radiologists have advanced training in 3.0T and 1.5T MRI, MDCT, and PET/CT. F&S utilizes a sophisticated teleradiology platform to deliver reports quickly and securely to clients and referrers. Founded in 2001 by two pioneer subspecialty teleradiologists, F&S is located in Cleveland, Ohio, with more than 140 clients and 90 employees.
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