Independent Emergency Physicians and Healthy Urgent Care have formed a joint venture intended to create the largest emergency physician-owned network of urgent care centers in Michigan. IEP has acquired two Healthy Urgent Care centers in Novi and Southfield to form IEP-HUC Health and has plans to open new centers throughout Southeast Michigan.

“IEP’s roots in emergency medicine bring a higher-standard of on-demand care for our community,” IEP President and CEO David Hall, MD, FACEP, said in a statement. “Our urgent care centers are owned and managed by a team of providers trained in Emergency Medicine to give people who need immediate care a venue other than the emergency room for a variety of non-life threatening problems. We are excited to partner with HUC to create a network of urgent care centers to meet gaps in affordable, quick-care in our community.”

IEP began providing emergency medicine patient care and operational leadership to Providence Hospitals in Southfield and Novi in 1997. The company has since grown to six medical service lines that span the continuum of acute care. IEP’s hospital partners include Ascension Health, Trinity Health and Henry Ford Health System. IEP leads acute care medicine for those health systems at the following hospital sites: Ascension Providence Novi & Southfield Hospitals, Trinity Health St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, and Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson.

Healthy Urgent Care Chairman and CEO Sarmed Gabriel Sinawi, MD, added: “In the current healthcare climate of large conglomerates managing care, this partnership reinforces the physician-owned and operated business model of care. IEP physicians are part of the community, not part of a national corporation, and that makes a big difference in providing high-quality, affordable, personalized patient care.”

Healthy Urgent Care was founded by Dr. Sinawi in 2009 and has several centers in Southeast Michigan.