EyeSouth Partners Announces 19th Affiliation and Second With Texas-Based Practice

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ATLANTA—PE-backed EyeSouth Partners has completed an affiliation with Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates (MCOA), according to an announcement this week. The affiliation represents EyeSouth’s second in the state of Texas and 19th affiliation overall. MCOA is led by Drs. Darren Bell, Richard Evans and Michael Singer. Over the past four decades, MCOA has grown to become one of the leading eyecare providers in the Greater San Antonio area, and today the practice serves the community through seven clinical locations, supported by approximately 130 clinical and administrative staff, according to the announcement.

“We needed a partner that had the resources and experience to help us navigate a changing health care landscape and execute on our growth plan,” Dr. Darren Bell said. “EyeSouth will provide the support needed to accomplish our goals as a practice, continue to serve our community and remain on the leading-edge of clinical research.”

EyeSouth, an eyecare-focused management services organization backed by investment firm Shore Capital Partners, is committed to partnering with “leading physicians to build a premier network of eyecare services in the South,” according to the announcement.

EyeSouth’s affiliate network consists of 19 practices with approximately 140 doctors providing medical and surgical eyecare services at approximately 80 locations, including 11 surgery centers throughout Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.

MCOA provides comprehensive vision care in areas such as diseases of the retina, cataract surgery, cornea and glaucoma treatment, as well as through a nationally recognized clinical research program.

Eugene Gabianelli, MD, chief medical officer of EyeSouth, said MCOA’s “high-quality doctors and strong brand are a great addition to EyeSouth.” He added, “Through our collaboration, we will continue the practice’s history of growth in South Texas and reputation of providing the most advanced comprehensive eyecare.”