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"We can now bring our high-quality, low-cost care into underserved areas outside of the Phoenix area and throughout the state, where patients have the most need for this level of expert care.”

Arizona Centers for Digestive Health (AZCDH), the state’s leading provider of gastrointestinal care, is partnering with Covenant Surgical Partners — a Nashville, Tennessee-based physician services company that is working to advance practices across the United States.

Founded by former Mayo Clinic physicians, AZCDH is a highly-dynamic gastroenterology group providing a full spectrum of care for more than 52,000 outpatient clinical cases per year across its 11 practice locations and two ambulatory surgery centers — spanning Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Avondale, Gilbert, Mesa, Maricopa and Queen Creek.

“As Arizona Centers for Digestive Health continues to grow, we felt the need to join a like-minded partner to help us expand access to our services to Phoenix patients,” said James Bachman, CEO of AZCDH. “In addition, we can now bring our high-quality, low-cost care into underserved areas outside of the Phoenix area and throughout the state, where patients have the most need for this level of expert care.”

Currently, AZDCH employs 17 fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians and 11 physician assistants and nurse practitioners. AZCDH is the only gastroenterology group in Arizona with an advanced gastroenterology fellowship program and the first group in the United States to perform ambulatory surgery center-based advanced therapeutic procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasounds.

AZCDH operates from a single platform to facilitate communications between physicians and referring providers. Its full continuum of care includes the 11 practices and two state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery centers — allowing patients to receive best-in-class gastrointestinal care through one integrated network. AZCDH subspecialty expertise includes areas such as Barrett’s esophagus, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease, pancreatic-biliary disorders and endoscopic ultrasound, which benefits patients, as these services are all under one roof instead of needing to seek additional care from multiple providers.

“We look forward to the great work we can accomplish together through our partnership with Arizona Centers for Digestive Health,” said Lew Little, CEO of Covenant Surgical Partners. “Their integrated care model represents the future for Covenant.”

Due to its operational expertise and access to capital, Covenant’s partnership will provide AZCDH with the opportunity to expand its network across the state, advance its clinical quality and technology and position the company for success for years to come.

As the key gastrointestinal partner for multiple hospitals and health systems across the region, AZCDH leads the market with its innovative, cost-effective gastrointestinal care. Covenant’s partnership will help AZCDH achieve its long-term growth goals and expand upon its community partnerships.