ATLANTA, Georgia (October 23, 2015) – Extremity Healthcare, Inc. (EHI), a leading provider in the diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity diseases, announces the acquisition of Advanced Foot Care Centers, LLP, (AFC) with multiple locations in Georgia and Tennessee. The Podiatry Subsidiary of EHI, Village Podiatry Centers, LLC, was founded by CEO, David N. Helfman, DPM, FACFAS, who truly introduced “The SuperGroup” concept to the Podiatry profession.
The addition of Advanced Foot Care Centers further expands EHI’s reach across Georgia and into Tennessee. “The combination of AFC and EHI, as well as the utilization of our proprietary patient based “one stop shop” model, will improve the physicians’ quality of life and positively impact the patients’ experiences and outcomes”, said Dr. Helfman.
“Bringing the CEO of AFC, Ira Kraus, DPM, into our family of healthcare companies will result in greater awareness and brand recognition of EHI in the Podiatry profession”, added Mitch Hilsen, DPM and COO of EHI.
Dr. Helfman explains, “A partnership was formed with EHI/Village Podiatry Centers and Advanced Foot Care Centers to help strengthen and prove the scalability of our model in the southeast. Our unique and proprietary processes will provide AFC and their physicians greater access to many group owned ancillary services that most physicians currently refer to outside entities.”’
EHI will use the existing brand reputation of both AFC and Dr. Kraus to leverage the expansion of its model on a local, regional and national level. “After assessing various industry specific models, EHI, by far, has the structure and expertise to become a
nationally known brand. They have done what they preach which was a key deciding factor in joining their organization”, states Dr. Kraus.
Advanced Foot Care, LLP, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of EHI and will continue to operate under the name of AFC. The acquisition of AFC was accomplished under the umbrella of transparency, trust and goodwill.
About Extremity Healthcare Incorporated
Extremity Healthcare Incorporated (EHI) serves as a holding and management services platform supporting multiple medical disciplines in the delivery of comprehensive treatment and diagnostics for anatomical extremities. The company’s primary goal is to provide the most advanced, integrated medical care with the highest level of economic efficiency. Owned and managed pisions of EHI include Village Podiatry Centers, Pathology Lab of Georgia, seven ambulatory surgery centers, Southeastern Pharmaceuticals (a specialty retail pharmacy), Vascular Access Center(s) and more. EHI’s corporate office is located in Atlanta, Georgia.
About Village Podiatry Centers
Village Podiatry Centers (VPC), a pision of Extremity Healthcare, Inc., is the largest foot and ankle surgical practice in the Southeast and one of the largest Podiatry practices in the country. VPC has over 30 physicians based in 30 locations throughout the greater metro-Atlanta area and Middle Georgia region. Our highly experienced board-certified and board-qualified physicians provide comprehensive treatment and surgery for all foot & ankle conditions and injuries. Founded in 1992 by Dr. David Helfman, Village Podiatry Centers employs over 300 clinic and support staff. Our guiding philosophy is to treat patients with the highest level of care in a compassionate and respectful manner.
About Advanced Foot Care Centers
Advanced Foot Care Centers (AFC), founded in 1987, through the vision of Dr. Ira Kraus, has grown to six doctors and six locations, two of which are in North Georgia and with the remaining four in Tennessee. Dr. Kraus has been a huge advocate for the Podiatry profession and served as President of the Tennessee Podiatric Medical Association from
2000 through 2002. Dr. Kraus is currently the Vice President of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and, since 2006, has served as a Trustee on the APMA Board of Trustees. The physicians of AFC share the same core values as those of Village Podiatry Centers making this a great fit for both organizations. Advanced Foot Care Centers is passionate about providing the best possible care for their patients, as well as about raising awareness and education of proper foot health.
Their physicians have published articles in multiple publications, such as BLUSH magazine and Chattanooga’s TIMES FREE PRESS. AFC is also dedicated to community outreach and has participated in such fund raising efforts as the Mud Run, benefiting Habitat for Humanity and The Run to Remember, benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association.
Davd H. Helfman, DPM, FACFAS
Founder and CEO of Extremity Healthcare, Inc.
Ira Kraus, DPM
Owner and CEO of Advanced Foot Care Centers, LLP