Current officials of Good Shepherd Health System (GSHS) have revealed the imminent creation of Good Shepherd Medical Associates (GSMA). This panel of physicians and mid-level health providers specialize in various clinical disciplines, maintaining offices throughout East Texas.
According to Good Shepherd, GSMA will act as a
team comprised of the region’s most experienced and highly regarded health care providers pooling their efforts and talents to give patients a steady stream of multi-faceted treatment geared to their individual needs. In keeping with GSHS’s traditional objectives this program will further the hospital’s quest of improving the health of all East Texans. Executive Vice-President and Interim CEO Ken Cunningham is enthusiastic about the new network’s implications.
“Good Shepherd Health System’s mission has always been focused on the patient and providing needed medical care when and where it is needed by those who seek it regardless of their ability to pay,” he said. “In order to meet the demands of a changing healthcare industry we have been working collaboratively with physicians to further enhance the medical care provided to our patients. We have developed these partnerships because we share the same mission and vision for caring for the patients of East Texas with quality medical care.”
One-hundred and twenty healthcare professionals will staff GSMA. They will specialize in 20 medical fields at locations in 13 of the region’s communities. Gastroenterologist and Chairman of the GSMA Board of Directors Dr. Bill Simpson can hardly wait to get started.
“The providers of Good Shepherd Medical Associates are committed to working together to insure quality care is received by patients every step of the way from diagnosis through treatment and rehabilitation or recovery,” he said. “By coming together in this way we can make the most difference in our patients’ experience, and choosing the right partner is the key. We wanted our name to reflect the reputation we plan to uphold–one that has been well established within the communities it has served for more than 78 years.”
Vice-President of the GSMA Board, gastroenterologist Dr. Bill Torres, pointed out that combining as a team – doctors who are already familiar with each other will make them even more effective.
“Many of the physicians and providers in the group have already been working collaboratively,” he said. “Forming this group just expands the network of physicians and providers working together for the best results of each patient.”
GSMA doctors will treat not only patients from the Longview/Marshall area, but from such smaller East Texas communities as Gilmer, Carthage, Kilgore and Linden. “We know patients are more likely to receive needed care if it is made convenient for them,” said Cunningham. “Our physicians are committed to high-quality patient care, and they are dedicated to going the extra mile to provide it to each and every patient.”
“By coming together as one large, multi-specialty group of providers and partnering with Good Shepherd we know our patients will receive the best [that] health care has to offer in East Texas,” said Simpson.
For more information on this new program and on Good Shepherd Health System in general please visit www.goodshepherdmedicalassociates.org.
By Kelly Bell