Florida-based Tampa General Hospital has completed the acquisition of radiology practice Tower Radiology, a move that expands Tampa General’s state-wide outpatient sites to 83 with the addition of Tower Radiology’s 21 imaging centers throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Palm Beach counties. Tampa General was previously a 50% partner in Tower Radiology before this recent purchase of the remaining 50% ownership interest.
“Tampa General is swiftly moving toward becoming the safest and most innovative academic medical center in the country. Taking full ownership of Tower Radiology is a huge step forward in realizing this goal,” says John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General Hospital. “Having sole ownership of Tower Radiology will enable Tampa General to expand its network to provide an even higher level of coordinated, world-class care by offering our community the specific services and treatment they need when and where they need them.”
“The full ownership of Tower Radiology will have a significant impact on our ability at Tampa General to increase access, maximize efficiency, drive down cost, and enhance quality while passing that value on to the healthcare consumer,” adds Adam Smith, executive vice president of ambulatory services for Tampa General. “It will also allow Tampa General to expand to an enterprise-wide imaging platform that allows for more coordinated patient care.”
Established in 1992 and accredited by the American College of Radiology, Tower Radiology offers specialized services such as 3D mammography, high-field wide-bore MRI, weight-bearing open MRI, extremity-open MRI, cardiac MRI, CT low-dose lung screening, and PET/CT. Tower Radiology’s 65 plus board-certified radiologists hold certifications in 11 radiology subspecialties and participate in the academic missions of research and teaching through serving as faculty for USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Radiology.