Emergency Care Partners (ECP), a US-based provider of emergency medicine and emergency department management services for hospitals, has made a strategic merger with Arizona Emergency Medicine Specialists (AEMS), a provider of outsourced emergency department management services in Lake Havasu, Arizona, US.

The merged emergency medicine platform will provide departmental operations at 43 locations, backed by a total clinical workforce of more than 700 physicians and advanced practice providers, providing treatment to annually around 1,000,000 patients.

AEMS’s physician partners will join as shareholders of ECP.

ECP CEO Bill Yarbrough said: “We are very excited to welcome AEMS and their providers as a regional physician group of Emergency Care Partners. Their strong, long-term relationship with their health system, paired with their commitment of delivering quality patient care within their community, makes them an ideal addition to our national group. We look forward to working with their physician leadership and leveraging our best practices and resources to support their growth and expansion across the region.”

The merged business will continue with the service-intensive approach to managing emergency departments, utilising ECP’s approach of combining local physician equity partnerships and an analytics platform to provide care to consumers across the region.

AEMS president Dr. Brian Scott said: “AEMS is excited to join the ECP team. We share the same aligned goals of delivering quality patient care to our local communities and maintaining physician ownership.

“This new partnership will allow us to leverage ECP’s infrastructure and resources to provide enhanced efficiencies in delivering excellent patient care and broaden our footprint in our Arizona communities and the broader Southwest.”

ECP, which is backed by financial sponsors Varsity Healthcare Partners and Regal Healthcare Capital Partners, remains as a majority physician-held business. AEMS’s doctors join ECP’s current physician shareholders and partners.

Massumi + Consoli served as legal adviser to ECP and VHP, while Polsinelli PC acted as legal advisors to AEMS.