Atrium Health expands outside the Carolinas
A group of about 90 doctors planning to leave Atrium Health's Mecklenburg Medical Group practice announced Friday a name change for the new independent practice they plan to open.
Originally, the doctors had planned to call the practice Mecklenburg Multispecialty Group, but on Friday they said the name will be Tryon Medical Partners. The new name honors the practice's first office location, launched in 1936 just off of North Tryon Street in uptown, the doctors said.
The doctors also unveiled their logo and website, http://tryonmed.com. They also said the practice's tag line will be "Stronger relationships. Better health."
"Our new name and tag line honors our history of serving the Charlotte region for more than 80 years since our founders opened their first office in Uptown Charlotte," Dr. Dale Owen, leader of Tryon Medical Partners, said in a statement. Owen is the Mecklenburg Medical cardiologist spearheading the effort to split away from Atrium.
In an interview, Owen said the intention had always been for the Mecklenburg Multispecialty name to serve as a placeholder until an official name was announced.
Charlotte-based Atrium has said it will grant the doctors' request to be released from noncompete agreements Sept. 1 so they can open independently. The doctors had sued this year to get out of those agreements. That suit has not yet been dropped.
On Friday, the doctors said they will separate from Atrium on Aug. 31 and begin serving patients Sept 4.
The new practice has not announced its locations yet. But Owen said leases have been signed and that locations will probably be disclosed in the next couple of weeks. Plans call for between five and 10 offices, he said.