MELBOURNE, Fla., March 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- First Choice Healthcare Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB:FCHS) ("First Choice" or the "Company"), a fully integrated, non-physician-owned, publicly traded healthcare delivery platform providing a full life cycle of care for patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery, today announced the closing of its strategic partnership with Steward Health Care System (“Steward”), the largest private hospital operator in the United States. The closing was formalized with Steward’s investment of $7.5 million in exchange for 5 million shares of FCHS stock.
First Choice has been given the opportunity to expand its orthopaedic and spine care delivery platform into Steward’s nationwide hospital network. As strategic partners, First Choice and Steward are in the process of evaluating the next Steward Hospital System where First Choice can implement its targeted delivery platform. Also, as previously announced, Steward is now in the final steps of identifying two board members for appointment to First Choice’s board of directors.
Chris Romandetti, President and CEO of First Choice, stated, "The finalization and closing of this strategic partnership with Steward provides excellent momentum for all parties involved. An investment of this magnitude allows First Choice to expeditiously continue to rollout our unique and proven delivery platform among Steward’s nationwide network. Our team is proud to create a healthcare delivery platform that is capable of changing the lives of so many throughout the nation. Both teams have worked long and hard to improve healthcare, and the alignment of our two Companies will allow this growth to flourish.”
About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care, the largest private hospital operator in the United States, is a physician-led health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where patients live. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Steward operates 36 community hospitals nationwide that employ approximately 37,000 people and regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes more than 26 urgent care centers, 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,300 beds under management, and more than 1.5 million full risk covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward’s integrated care network is projected to reach 3 million in 2018.
Steward’s unique health care service delivery model leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to keep patients healthier. With a culture that prioritizes agility, resourcefulness, and continuous improvement, Steward is recognized as one of the nation’s leading accountable care organizations. The Steward Health Care Network includes thousands of physicians who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company’s employed physician group, provides more than 1 million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.
About First Choice Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, First Choice Healthcare Solutions (FCHS) is implementing a defined growth strategy aimed at expanding its network of non-physician-owned medical centers of excellence, which concentrate on treating patients in the following specialties: Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery, Interventional Pain Management, Physical Therapy and other ancillary and diagnostic services in key expansion markets throughout the U.S. Serving Florida's Space Coast, the Company's flagship integrated platform currently administers over 100,000 patient visits each year and is comprised of First Choice Medical Group, The B.A.C.K. Center and Crane Creek Surgery Center. For more information, please visit www.myfchs.com, www.myfcmg.com, www.thebackcenter.net and www.cranecreeksurgerycenter.com.
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Released March 2, 2018