Three dozen former HMG doctors join Atrium
Thirty-six physicians formerly with the Tennessee-based Holston Medical Group have joined the Atrium Health system and are creating new practices, One Health Family Medicine and One Health OB/GYN, to serve the north Charlotte and Lake Norman regions. Seventeen advanced practice providers are also expected to join One Health.
Atrium said the physicians would begin practicing in the “near future.”
With the new practices, Atrium Health hopes to absorb the estimated 70,000 patients left without a primary care doctor after HMG shuttered 10 locations and laid off 163 employees in the Charlotte area in April, due to a lack of appointments. HMG also expedited the dismissal of 35 doctors who had planned to resign in September.
Physician practices nationally have suffered financially after public health officials ordered postponement of elective surgeries and issued stay-at-home orders to enable hospitals and providers to focus on the coronavirus outbreak.
The doctors joining One Health were part of a group of 41 that used to practice for Winston-Salem-based Novant Health. They left the N.C. system in January to join Bristol, Tenn.-based HMG. HMG has said the doctors are free to practice without legal restrictions. The company maintains two offices in Mooresville.
Novant Health said today it plans to restart elective surgeries on May 4.