Atlanta, Georgia – Edge Healthcare Partners is pleased to announce that AGA, LLC (“AGA”), one of the nation’s largest gastroenterology practices, has partnered with Frazier Healthcare Partners (“Frazier”), a leading middle market private equity firm, to form United Digestive. United Digestive’s vision is to become the preeminent provider of independent provider based gastroenterology services in the country.
United Digestive provides a strong operational infrastructure for gastroenterology practices, including regulatory assistance, managed care resources and robust administrative support services that can be leveraged across a significantly larger geographic footprint. United Digestive anticipates continued expansion through both near-term de novo growth as well as through strategic partnerships. By aligning with United Digestive, independent practices will be able to leverage operational best practices while allowing providers to retain clinical independence and a continued emphasis on high quality patient care.
“This partnership will allow our physicians to continue their dedication to quality medicine and to thrive in a competitive and rapidly evolving market,” said Dr. Steven J. Morris, co-founder and Managing Partner of AGA and Chief Medical Officer of United Digestive. “Through the combination of senior level attention, a highly competitive process and strong transaction knowledge, Edge was able to deliver a successful outcome for AGA and its physicians while also finding the right partner that will allow United Digestive to grow and flourish.”
The terms of the transaction, which closed on December 14, 2018, were not disclosed. Edge Healthcare Partners originated the transaction and served as the exclusive financial advisor to AGA.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, AGA is one the nation's largest gastroenterology providers with approximately 100 board-certified physicians. With its roots dating back more than 40 years ago, AGA has growth from a single physician practice into a dense network of more than 60 office and endoscopy center locations throughout the state. AGA’s comprehensive suite of services include its core professional GI services as well as a variety of ancillaries including clinical research, infusion, imaging, pathology and anesthesia. The depth and breadth of AGA’s clinical services allow the practice to manage the entire continuum of care for its patients (adult and pediatric). For more information, visit www.atlantagastro.com.
About Frazier Healthcare Partners
Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners is a leading provider of private equity capital to healthcare companies. With more than $4.2 billion assets under management, Frazier has invested in more than 170 companies with investment type ranging from company creation and venture capital to buyouts of profitable lower-middle market companies. Frazier has offices in Seattle, WA, and Menlo Park, CA, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada and Europe. For more information about Frazier Healthcare Partners, visit www.frazierhealthcare.com.
About Edge Healthcare Partners
Edge Healthcare Partners is an independent Atlanta based investment banking firm focused on providing merger and acquisition services to leading private and public healthcare companies and private equity firms. Edge Healthcare Partners also assists companies with raising capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations, going-private and management buy-out transactions The professionals of Edge Healthcare Partners have over 65 years of collective investment banking experience and have completed more than 100 transactions across the entire spectrum of healthcare including healthcare services, healthcare information technology, distribution and life sciences. Securities are offered through EHCP Corporate Finance, Member FINRA and SIPC. For more information, visit www.edgehcp.com.