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PINEHURST – FirstHealth of the Carolinas and Pinehurst Medical Clinic Inc. have embarked on a new partnership to provide cardiac services to residents of the Sandhills region.

The new affiliation, based on a professional services agreement (PSA) signed on June 1, is called FirstHealth Cardiology-Pinehurst Medical Clinic and affects Pinehurst Medical’s cardiology locations in both Pinehurst and Sanford. With a few exceptions, the agreement with Pinehurst Medical Clinic’s cardiac specialists is similar to a partnership that FirstHealth has had for many years with Pinehurst Medical Clinic’s medical oncologists at the FirstHealth Outpatient Cancer Center.

The administrations of both organizations agree that the new cardiology relationship will strengthen the area’s delivery of high-quality care while guaranteeing a seamless transition.

“Our same group of specialty-trained providers will continue to provide their professional and technical services in their familiar locations in Pinehurst and Sanford,” says Pinehurst Medical Clinic CEO Jim Faircloth. “Patients will see no difference in the delivery of the high-quality care to which they have long become accustomed.”

“This agreement helps strengthen our longstanding partnership with Pinehurst Medical Clinic and helps ensure that health care stays local in this community,” says David J. Kilarski, CEO of FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “Through this collaboration, Pinehurst Medical Clinic and FirstHealth join forces to increase access and provide continuity of care between the two organizations.”

According to Dan Barnes, D.O., president of FirstHealth Physician Group, FirstHealth and Pinehurst Medical have worked together for many years on many projects.

“This new affiliation is a further demonstration of both FirstHealth’s and Pinehurst Medical Clinic’s commitment to continued growth and excellence of the physicians and advanced medical providers serving our communities,” he says.

The 12 physicians (interventional and invasive cardiologists and electrophysiologists), a physician assistant and a family nurse practitioner affiliated with Pinehurst Medical Clinic provide services at 205 Page Road in Pinehurst and at 110 Fields Drive in Sanford.

The specialists in the Pinehurst location are E. Scott Anderson, D.O.; Ker Boyce, M.D.; David M. Cowherd, M.D.; Joseph F. Hakas Jr., M.D.; Steven M. Kent, M.D.; Patrick J. Simpson, M.D.; Keith E. Davis, M.D.; Joseph L. Parrish, M.D.; Brandon M. Williams, M.D.; Stephanie M. Garner, FNP; and Ellen Weaver-Bailey, PA-C.

Those located in the Sanford office are Mahmoud K. Atieh, M.D.; Michael Gillespie, M.D.; and Lukas Jantac, M.D.

About Pinehurst Medical Clinic Inc. The Pinehurst Medical Clinic is a large, independent multi-specialty group practice with more than 100 providers. PMC offers a broad range of primary and specialty care services to residents of Moore County, North Carolina, and the surrounding five counties. Specialties include primary care, gastroenterology and endoscopy, pulmonary, critical care, sleep medicine, cardiology, electrophysiology, endocrinology, hematology/oncology, dermatology, and memory disorder/geriatric medicine. Pinehurst Medical Clinic offers accredited imaging services, ASGE endoscopy center of excellence, accredited sleep centers, pharmacy, a high-complexity laboratory and clinical trials. About FirstHealth of the Carolinas FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, non-governmental, not-for-profit health care network serving 15 counties in the mid-Carolinas and offering all major medical and surgical specialties and numerous subspecialties including open-heart and valve surgery, neurosurgery, behavioral services, bariatric surgery, oncology, cardiology and orthopaedics. Services include an inpatient rehabilitation center, primary care clinics, Clara McLean Hospitality House, hospice & palliative care, an insurance plan, three sleep disorders centers, five fitness centers, four charitable foundations, EMS, medical transport services, dental care, a laundry, home health services, transition care clinics and convenient care clinics.


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