Eye Health America Celebrates Inaugural Year

Leading eye care company already planning for additional acquisitions, hires, partnerships and new corporate headquarters in 2019

ATLANTA, GA – December 27, 2018 – Eye Health America (EHA), a leader in eye care practice management, announced today its 2018 end-of-year recap, which included seven acquisitions of ophthalmology and optometry practices and ambulatory surgery centers across the Southeast United States. Established earlier this year by LLR Partners, a lower middle market private equity firm, EHA has grown to over 500 employees in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

“I am thankful for the trust these companies have placed in us and could not be more excited for the future,” said Rod Roeser, CEO of Eye Health America. “As the eye care industry continues to consolidate, EHA is well-positioned to capitalize on these investment opportunities and help practices navigate the changes to our industry.”

According to the National Eye Institute, the estimated number of people affected by the most common eye diseases will double between 2010 and 2050.[1] EHA partners with eye care practices and ambulatory surgery centers to help them meet this growing patient need, while delivering superior eye care. EHA provides financial support, management and administrative resources and business insights to ensure member practices can meet strategic growth and business management metrics that ultimately support the highest quality patient care.

In the coming year, Eye Health America plans to expand into new markets in the Southeast as more eye care practices turn to private equity for capital, business expertise and relief from the administrative burdens that take time away from clinical services. The company has also started construction on its new corporate office in Roswell, Ga., which is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2019.

2018 Practice Acquisitions

Eye Health America completed the following strategic partnerships in 2018:

  • Clemson Eye (Upstate South Carolina)
  • Sara Bopp, O.D./ Milici Family Vision (Simpsonville, South Carolina)
  • Montgomery & Riddle Eye Care (Upstate and Midlands South Carolina)
  • Piedmont Surgery Center (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • The Surgery and Laser Center at Professional Park (Clinton, South Carolina)
  • The Eye Associates (West Florida)
  • Updegraff Laser Vision (Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida)

2018 Hires & Staff Additions

Eye Health America significantly expanded its team in 2018, hiring several reputable and knowledgeable industry experts with a wealth of eye care experience. This year’s strategic hires included:

  • Rod Roeser, Chief Executive Officer
  • Cathleen McCabe, MD, Chief Medical Officer
  • Matthew Smolarek, Chief Financial Officer
  • Philip Isham, Chief Development Officer
  • John Swencki, President, Florida
  • Mary Lou Parisi, President, South Carolina
  • Billy Holcombe, VP of Marketing
  • Gail Cummins, VP of Human Resources
  • Kathleen Whitlow, VP of Surgical Services
  • Michael O’Connor, VP of Optical and Contact Lens
  • Erin Pulsfort, Director of Practice Integration
  • Chris Pivik, Director of Finance
  • Sergio Mayorga, Director of Call Center Operations
  • Tara Matthews, Corporate Controller
  • Hanne Elrod, Payroll & Benefits Manager

Biographies of the executive leadership team members can be accessed on the company website.

[1] https://nei.nih.gov/eyedata

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