New office sites set for dozens of doctors who are leaving Atrium Health

A group of about 90 doctors who are breaking away from Atrium Health’s Mecklenburg Medical Group have announced where they plan to open eight offices in the Charlotte region.

Tryon Medical Partners said Monday its locations will be in Ballantyne, Huntersville, Matthews, Pineville, SouthPark, Steele Creek, Waverly (Providence Road/Interstate 485) and uptown. The Steele Creek and Pineville offices will open Sept. 5, with other locations following by the end of the year, the group said.

The doctors, part of Atrium’s Mecklenburg Medical Group, sued Atrium in April in an effort to split from the hospital system and form an independent practice. That same month, Atrium announced it would grant the doctors’ request by ending their employment agreements on Sept. 1.

Dr. Dale Owen, leader of Tryon Medical Partners, said Monday that interest in the new practice has been “tremendous.” More than 10,000 people have registered with the new practice so far, he said.

Last week, Atrium started sending letters to about 115,000 people who have been Mecklenburg Medical patients over the past two years, letting them know the 88 doctors were leaving. Owen declined to speculate on how many Mecklenburg Medical patients the new practice might ultimately attract.

“But I think the percentage is very high,” he said. “I think the physician/patient relationship is a very strong bond.”

In a statement Monday, Atrium said that it has recruited new physicians and remains “committed to meeting all of our patients’ healthcare needs and looks forward to caring for patients in all of our current locations.”

“Atrium Health and Tryon Medical Partners both have the same goal of providing patients with the best medical care possible and working together for the benefit of our patients and communities,” Atrium said. The system has previously said it has nearly 12 million patient visits each year.

Contracts for Tryon Medical and major insurance companies are expected to be finalized before Sept. 5, Tryon Medical said Monday.

The list includes Blue Cross Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, MedCost and Aetna, as well as Medicare and several Medicare Advantage plans, the practice said.

The physicians will have a staff of approximately 300 people who will be hired by the end of the year and spread across the eight sites, the group said.

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Patients can register for the practice at 704-495-6334 and Appointments can be made by phone only, not online.

Below are the offices’ addresses:

SouthPark, One SouthPark Center, 6060 Piedmont Row Drive South

Ballantyne, 16817 Marvin Road

Huntersville, Gilead Medical Center 2, 9615 Kincey Ave.

Matthews, 1450 Matthews Township Parkway

Pineville, 10344 Park Road

Steele Creek, 13557 Steelecroft Parkway

Uptown, Charlotte Plaza, 201 S. College St., 12th floor

Waverly, 11030 Golf Links Drive

The practice will be looking to grow beyond those locations, Owen said, but he did not provide specifics.

Atrium acquired Mecklenburg Medical Group, one of the hospital system’s best-known practices, in 1993. The group’s specialties include cardiology, dermatology, pulmonology and sleep medicine.

The announcement to leave Atrium came as a surprise at a time when the trend in Charlotte and elsewhere has been for hospitals and insurance companies to acquire independent practices.

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The doctors dropped their lawsuit against Atrium this month.

Owen said Monday that the doctors and Atrium reached a private settlement whose terms allow Tryon Medical to hire Atrium employees as long as it doesn’t solicit them.

Some of Tryon Medical’s staff, including those in a temporary call center across from SouthPark mall, have left Atrium to work for the new practice, he said.

Cassie Cope: 704-358-5926, @cassielcope