Emergency Care Partners (ECP) has completed a strategic merger with Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians (ECEP).

ECEP provides outsourced emergency department management services in North Carolina while ECP offers emergency department management along with emergency medicine services to hospitals across the US.

With the merger, the combined entity will now provide services to departmental operations at 49 locations.

They will also have a combined clinical workforce of nearly 900 physicians and mid-level providers to treat around 1.2 million patients in a year.

Physician partners of ECEP will join as ECP shareholders, with Dr Carrie Fales serving as ECEP president.

Emergency Care Partners CEO Bill Yarbrough said: “We are very excited to welcome ECEP and their providers as a regional physician group practice of Emergency Care Partners.

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“Their physician partnership of more than 30 years and strong local health system relationship, paired with their reputation and strategic goals, make them an ideal addition to our national group of physician practices.

“We look forward to working with Dr Carrie Fales and drawing on our resources and expertise to support their growth.”

By leveraging ECP’s model of combining local physician equity partnerships and a differentiated clinical analytics platform, the combined group will also continue to offer a service-intensive approach for managing emergency departments.

Fales said: “As the emergency healthcare space continues to evolve and expand, this new partnership allows ECEP to leverage ECP’s infrastructure and resources to deliver the best quality care and patient experiences for our health system partners.”

Varsity Healthcare Partners and Regal Healthcare Capital Partners are financial sponsors of ECP.