Emory Healthcare and Alliance Imaging, a division of Alliance HealthCare Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIQ), are expanding a partnership developed more than seven years ago with the opening of a new diagnostic imaging center in McDonough, Georgia. The center provides imaging services closer to home for patients, while replicating Emory Healthcare’s excellence in quality and services. The Emory Imaging Center at McDonough, located at 249 Jonesboro Road, offers MRI, CT and diagnostic X-ray. Under the partnership, Emory and Alliance Imaging will share the responsibilities of operating the new center. Emory Healthcare provides physician, technical and clinical support for the center, as well as marketing needs. Alliance Imaging provides the market and operational analysis and guidance, management services—including: day-to-day operations leadership, competitive and process improvement support, patient/physician satisfaction—and radiology equipment for the center. “Because of Alliance’s expertise in providing imaging services and developing imaging centers, and Emory’s expertise in clinical services, this model allows the patient more convenience combined with high-quality diagnostic equipment by Alliance, and skill by Emory Healthcare faculty and staff,” says Dane Peterson, CEO of Emory University Hospital Midtown. “We are hopeful this center will provide a new imaging option for people who live and work in the Southern Crescent.” Emory and Alliance Imaging opened their first outpatient imaging center October 2012 in Buford, Georgia. The services are similar to those in McDonough. Both outlying centers fall under the radiology operations at Emory University Hospital Midtown. “We are excited to expand our partnership with a world class organization like Emory Healthcare,” says Larry C. Buckelew, Chairman of the Board and interim Chief Executive Officer of Alliance HealthCare Services. “This partnership in McDonough, Georgia is an excellent example of the Enhanced Value Proposition that Alliance offers hospitals and healthcare groups as their partner of choice for a broad array of imaging and oncology services.”
Both Emory and Alliance Imaging helped design the new 4,000 square foot center, which was built in an existing building. The project cost the two entities approximately $1.4 million for construction and equipment purchases.A division of Alliance HealthCare Services, Alliance Imaging is the nation's largest provider of advanced diagnostic mobile imaging services and one of the leading operators of fixed-site imaging centers in the U.S.—focusing on MRI, PET/CT and CT. Distinguished by the strategy of partnering directly with hospitals and other healthcare providers, Alliance is committed to providing the best solution for each organization’s needs. About Alliance HealthCare Services Alliance HealthCare Services is a leading national provider of advanced outpatient diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy services based upon annual revenue and number of systems deployed. Alliance focuses on MRI, PET/CT and CT through its Imaging division and radiation therapy through its Oncology division. With more than 1,800 team members committed to providing exceptional patient care and exceeding customer expectations, Alliance provides quality clinical services for over 1,000 hospitals and other healthcare partners in 44 states. Alliance operates 482 diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy systems. The Company is the nation's largest provider of advanced diagnostic mobile imaging services and one of the leading operators of fixed-site imaging centers, with 130 locations across the country. As one of the leading providers of stereotactic radiosurgery nationwide, Alliance also operates 28 radiation therapy centers, including 17 dedicated stereotactic radiosurgery facilities—many of which are operated in conjunction with local community hospital partners, providing advanced treatment and care for cancer patients. About Emory Healthcare Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia, includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, Wesley Woods Geriatrics Center, Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory-Adventist Hospital, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Emory Healthcare Network.
In fiscal year 2012, Emory Healthcare had $2.4 billion in annual net revenue and provided $72.1 million in charity care. It has 14,735 staff employees and 1,918 hospital beds (including jointly owned hospitals). Annual inpatient hospital admissions total 61,760, and annual outpatient service visits, 3.8 million.