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PRISM Vision Group’s Geographical Footprint Spans into Fifth State
PRISM Vision Group™, the largest vertically-integrated eye care services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced today that it has completed its transaction with The Retina Group of Washington (RGW).
“We are excited to have The Retina Group of Washington join our growing organization,” said Steven A. Madreperla, MD, PhD, President and CEO, PRISM Vision Group. “This affiliation expands our footprint and comprehensive network of eye care providers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including the District of Columbia and the state of Virginia, while at the same time making us home to the largest network of retinal care providers in the country.”
PRISM Vision Group is a physician-led organization with a legacy that spans more than 30 years. Its mission is to support practices in providing patients with world-class, comprehensive eye care while at the same time building an unrivaled practice environment for its network of affiliated physician groups and employees.
“RGW has a long legacy of providing high-quality, retina services,” said Michael M. Lai, MD, PhD, physician partner, RGW. “We are confident that our affiliation with PRISM Vision Group, will support, enhance and expand the services we provide to our patients, and our ability to grow and affiliate with more eye care providers in our market.”
With the addition of RGW, PRISM Vision Group now has more than 120 providers, at nearly 70 locations across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
“This is a proud day for PRISM Vision Group – our providers, employees and patients,” said Dr. Madreperla. “We look forward to working closely with RGW on strategic growth initiatives and integration, optimizing the network model, enhancing administrative processes and operating efficiencies, investing in clinical technologies and most importantly in supporting the highest level of patient care.”
PRISM Vision Group is the largest vertically-integrated independent ophthalmology administrative services organization (ASO) in the Mid-Atlantic region, with the largest network of retinal care providers in the US. PRISM Vision Group is a physician-led organization with a mission to support ophthalmology practices in providing patients with world-class, comprehensive eye care and an unrivaled practice environment for its network of affiliated physicians and employees. To learn more, visit prismvisiongroup.com.
The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) is the leading provider of retinal and macular care in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. With 17 locations throughout Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, RGW is one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the U.S., and the largest practice solely dedicated to retinal care. The team is comprised of experienced retinal physicians and surgeons, who are both local and national leaders in treating vitreoretinal diseases. To learn more, visit rgw.com.
To all RGW patients,
Because the health of our patients, staff, doctors and community remain our top priority, RGW has implemented a number of safety measures, which are outlined our newly-created video, below. These measures will remain in effect indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure that RGW can continue to provide the highest quality of care possible.
Thank you for your support.
Dear RGW patients,
The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) is pleased to announce that all of our offices in D.C., Virginia and Maryland will resume regular hours, effective Monday, May 11.
Because the health of our patients, staff, doctors and community remain our top priority, RGW has implemented the following safety measures. These measures will remain in effect indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure that RGW can continue to provide the highest quality of care possible:
To reinforce our commitment to keeping you as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, while still providing you with exceptional eye care, we have included photos below showing how our offices are operating on a daily basis.
As always, and perhaps more than ever, RGW is your trusted eye care partner. We will continue to be here for all of your ophthalmologic needs, both during the pandemic and well afterwards. Please call (844) RGW-DOCS (749-3627) with any questions, or to make an appointment.
To all RGW patients and caregivers,
As our country continues to navigate the “new normal” of daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the physicians and staff at The Retina Group of Washington (RGW) would like to express our thanks to and admiration for all of our patients and their families.
We know that daily life is very challenging now, as routines are disrupted and we all try to adopt and remain vigilant about new health and safety guidelines. RGW continues to provide in-office care for all essential and urgent retinal needs, as well as tele-health appointments for those who cannot come to our offices. In most cases, you will see your regular RGW physician. Our appointment schedule and waiting rooms have been reconfigured to increase social distancing, and you have the option of waiting in your car until your appointment time. Additionally, our entire staff continues to utilize appropriate personal protective equipment and recommended sterilization techniques.
RGW is constantly impressed by how our patients and their caregivers are handling the challenges of today’s world. Your positive outlook, cooperation and confidence in all of us at RGW is an endless source of inspiration.
We are also grateful for the many expressions of thanks and appreciation we have received from our patients during these challenging times. The support and positive feedback you provide about your experiences with our practice, a recent example of which is below, motivate us to continue providing the highest level of healthcare possible:
“I would like to thank your group of physicians, nurses, and your entire support staff at RGW for their dedication, kindness, and professionalism. Especially the surgical skills of Dr. Do who literally returned my sight! Oftentimes, people who provide such crucial gifts to others go unappreciated. I am relishing my retirement and my enjoyment is almost entirely predicated upon my ability to view what my future life has in store. The importance of what you all do is not lost on me and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you all a heartfelt "atta-boy"… for a job well done!”
The entire RGW team – physicians and staff alike – remain, as always, committed to your ongoing health and well-being. From all of us at RGW, our thanks for your continued support of our practice, and our very best wishes that you and your family remain safe and well.
Richard J. Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer, and the Physicians of RGW
On March 3, PRISM Vision Group™, the largest vertically-integrated eyecare services organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, announced that RGW will become its newest partner.
RGW’s Dr. Reginald Sanders said “Medicine is changing around us, and over the past several years we have seen continued consolidation, particularly in the field of ophthalmology. For the past few years, RGW has explored the idea of strategically aligning with a leading growth-oriented administrative services organization to facilitate integration in our market. After a year-long search, we determined that PRISM Vision Group is the best organization to help us achieve our goals.”
“RGW has a long legacy of providing high-quality patient care,” stated Steven Madreperla, MD, PhD, President and CEO, PRISM Vision Group. “We are excited to combine our operational expertise with RGW’s talented management team and physician partners who share PRISM Vision Group’s focus on delivering the highest-level of patient care.”
PRISM and RGW expect to finalize the agreement by the end of March, at which time PRISM will work closely with RGW’s management team and physicians on strategic initiatives to support integration as well as organic growth, optimizing the network model, enhancing administrative processes and operating efficiencies, investing in clinical technologies and supporting the highest level of patient care.
On March 8, 2020, RGW’s Reginald J. Sanders, M.D., will receive the prestigious Professional Service Award for excellence in eye care from the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington (POB). Dr. Sanders will be honored at the POB’s annual Celebrate 20/20 event, previously known as the Night of Vision Gala, which brings together over 150 of the area's most prominent ophthalmologists and philanthropists to recognize outstanding ophthalmologic expertise.
Tickets and additional event information can be obtained here.
Dr. Sanders is the fourth RGW physician to be presented with the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s esteemed Professional Service Award. Previous RGW recipients include Richard A. Garfinkel, M.D., William S. Gilbert, M.D., and A. Raymond Pilkerton, M.D.
Founded in 1936, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington is the largest local prevention of blindness agency in the United States, dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. POB's headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., and the organization serves the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's counties of Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
On September 7, 2019, RGW’s Cuong D. Vu, M.D., participated in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ D.C. Metro Area Vision Seminar. Dr. Vu contributed his expertise to a panel discussion titled “Current Updates on Retinal Health, Treatments, and Research – A Conversation.”
The event was part of the Foundation’s Vision Seminar Series, which offers eye care professionals and the public presentations that cover research advancements, current treatments, clinical trials, and low-vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Vu previously has served as Medical Chair at numerous Montgomery County VisionWalks for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. As a hands-on participant in cutting-edge research, Dr. Vu has served as principle investigator for pivotal clinical trials on Macular Degeneration and Retinal Vein Occlusion, while maintaining clinical interest in the treatment of those two diseases, along with Diabetic Retinopathy, minimally invasive Retinal Vitreous surgery, Retinal Detachment and Retinal Imaging.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the world’s leading private group that provides funds for retinal disease research. The Foundation’s goal is to drive the research that will lead to preventions, treatments, and vision restoration for the spectrum of degenerative retinal diseases.
Congratulations to the following Retina Group of Washington (RGW) physicians, who were recently designated as 2019 Top Doctors by Washingtonian magazine:
The annual ranking, determined through voting by other area physicians, is a valued, go-to resource for patients seeking the best healthcare providers in greater D.C. area. The inclusion of these seven remarkable ophthalmologists brings the number of RGW physicians who have received this honor by the Washingtonian to 22.
“My colleagues and I are extremely excited and humbled to be included on this prestigious list by our peers,” said Dr. Spellman, who has received the honor for three consecutive years. “We believe that this honor reflects our commitment to providing our patients with the highest possible quality of care through cutting-edge ophthalmic techniques to optimize their retinal health.”
Past RGW Washingtonian Top Doctor honorees include:
Congratulations to all RGW Top Doctors for being recognized among the very best practicing ophthalmologists in the greater Washington, D.C. area!
RGW is proud to announce that Deborah Reid, M.D., has been selected to represent Annapolis as a Top Ophthalmologist on FindaTopDoc.com, an online resource devoted to connecting patients and local physicians through actionable, medical-based content that empowers people to make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Dr. Reid will also be spotlighted in the renowned associated publication The Leading Physicians of the World, a highly-regarded resource that provides patients with pertinent information on healthcare providers, and physicians with a forum to communicate, share ideas, and exchange information.
Dr. Reid was nominated and selected for inclusion in these resources by her medical peers, based on her significant and impressive expertise, success and leadership.
Over 70% of adults in America use the internet to research or diagnose medical conditions, and FindaTopDoc.com believes that accessing information is only the first step towards better health. The respected website goes a step further by matching all of its medical content with local physicians and specialists, based on the insurance each practice accepts.
Congratulations to Dr. Reid!
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