Eye Health America partners with West Georgia Eye Care Center

ByMartha R. Camara

Sep 12, 2022

COLUMBUS, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Eye Health America (EHA) is pleased to announce a new partnership with West Georgia Eye Care Center, the Company’s second partnership in Georgia and 22nd partnership overall.

Founded in 1951 by Dr. Floyd Jarrell in Columbus, GA, West Georgia Eye Care Center (WGECC), has grown into a 3-site practice in Columbus, GA with a two-room ASC serviced by a total of 14 providers across all eye care specialties (cataract, cornea, glaucoma, oculoplasty, retina, medical ophthalmology, optometry, optics, hearing) including Lasik and cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Evan Sussenbach, WGECC Chairman, said, “We are thrilled to be affiliated with Eye Health America (EHA), which is one of the leading eye care leaders in the Southeast. We believe that the partnership with EHA will provide us with the best opportunity for growth in our region and enable us to sustainably provide excellent care for our patients and an optimal working environment for our staff.

Serving the West Georgia and East Alabama region for more than 70 years, the WGECC has built strong relationships with community residents and healthcare providers. With a passion for superior patient care and clinical quality, WGECC provides patients with the latest technology and advancements in eye care for an exceptional experience.

“What a highly esteemed practice and synergistic partner for us in Georgia with the Southeast Retina Center in Augusta,” said EHA Co-CEO Mary Lou Parisi.

“Our alliance with West Georgia Eye Care Center continues Eye Health America’s expansion into the Georgian market,” said John Swencki, co-CEO of EHA. “The WGECC physicians have an excellent reputation in Columbus, and we are excited to build on the culture of excellence they have established.

EHA has grown substantially in recent years and, with the addition of WGECC, currently operates with over 100 physicians at 57 sites, 10 outpatient surgery centers and over 1,000 employees in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. EHA provides strategic advice and operational support to practice groups and CHWs, enabling them to focus on achieving the highest quality patient outcomes and meeting a growing need for eye care.

Eye Health America (EHA) was created in 2018 by a partnership between LLR Partners, a growth-focused private equity firm, and regional eye care leaders, Clemson Eye and The Eye Associates. EHA is led by an experienced team of eye care veterans, including co-CEOs, Mary Lou Parisi and John Swencki; chief medical officer, Cathleen McCabe, MD; Chief Development Officer, Philip Isham, Chief Operating Officer, Patrick Maguire, Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Becker, and a platform-wide leadership team comprised of members from many of our partner firms.

About Eye Health America

Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Eye Health America (EHA) is a leading eye care platform committed to partnering with industry-leading professionals with strong reputations and a culture of focus. on patients to create innovative, intentional and integrated eye care practices. EHA works with partners to deliver superior strategic, financial and operational growth, providing best-in-class eye care, including routine eye exams, contact lenses and eyeglasses, cataract surgery, cornea, retina, glaucoma, LASIK, pediatrics and oculoplasty. Member practices include Bradenton Eye Clinic, Clemson Eye, Piedmont Surgery Center, The Surgery & Laser Center, Carolinas Centers for Sight, Florence Surgery and Laser Center, Southeast Retina Center, Augusta Retina Laser Surgicare, The Eye Associates, Eye Centers of Florida, Surgicare Center, Updegraff Laser Vision, Tampa Bay Eye Surgery Center and many other leading providers of medical and surgical eye care services in the Southeastern United States.

To learn more, visit www.eyehealthamerica.com