USMD Holdings, Inc. ( NASDAQ: USMD), a physician-led integrated healthcare system, announced today that three new physicians—Lorie Blessing, M.D.; Dana Snell-Hargrove, D.O.; and Jeremy Parcells, M.D.—have joined USMD Affiliated Services. These new physicians have been added to respond to the growing healthcare needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the patients USMD serves.
“Adding Drs. Blessing, Snell-Hargrove and Parcells to our growing physician base will allow USMD to continue to provide our patients with the best quality and most personalized healthcare,” said John House, M.D., chairman and chief executive officer of USMD Holdings. “These physicians will be located throughout the DFW Metroplex in an effort to ensure USMD continues to meet our patients’ healthcare needs.”
Dr. Blessing, a geriatrics physician, has joined USMD at its Plano North Clinic. With the addition of Dr. Blessing, USMD now has six board-certified geriatrists on staff. Nationally, 10,000 baby boomers a day reach the age of 65 and it is estimated that by 2030, 18 percent of the country will be age 65 or older. Adding Dr. Blessing will allow USMD to continue to provide quality healthcare to DFW’s senior population.
Dr. Snell-Hargrove has joined USMD’s growing group of obstetricians and gynecologists, bringing the total number of OB/GYNs at USMD to 33. The CDC reports that more than 377,000 babies are born each year in Texas, so adding another OB/GYN to USMD was necessary.Dr. Parcells, who specializes in bariatric surgery, will join USMD’s growing base of general surgeons. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese. The addition of Dr. Parcells allows USMD to respond to the increasing number of individuals requiring a surgical solution to fight obesity and underlying health issues.