Premier Health expands urgent care operations to Indiana _lowres

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Steven P. Sellars, left, Chief Executive Officer for Premier Health, and Dr. Kevin DiBenedetto, right, medical director for Premier Health, stand outside Zachary Lake After Hours in this 2014 photo. Baton Rouge-based Premier Health, which operates urgent care clinics across the state, annouced Wednesday it has opened the first of a dozen planned locations in Indianapois. Premier will own and manage the clinics along with Indiana University Health.

Baton Rouge-based Premier Health, which operates urgent care clinics throughout Louisiana, has opened the first of a dozen centers in Indianapolis.

Premier will own and manage the clinics with Indiana University Health, Indiana’s largest health system.

Premier also operates urgent care centers in North Carolina. The company opened in 1999. By the end of 2015, Premier will have 38 centers in three states and a workforce of more than 650 people. In 2016, the company plans to open urgent care centers in Louisiana, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Chief Executive Officer Steve Sellars said he expects Premier will double in size over the next three to five years.

“There has been a nationwide shift to less-expensive, cost-effective healthcare models, and large health systems want to partner with an urgent care company that has a successful track-record of partnering with hospitals,” Sellars said “These types of joint-ventures are Premier Health’s core business. We’ve done more of them than almost any other company of our kind in the country.”

Premier’s partners are Indiana University Health in Indianapolis; Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center; St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales; and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette; Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria; St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe; and Pardee Health in Hendersonville, North Carolina.