BUSINESS Eye Health America Acquires Stake in West Georgia Eye Care Center By Staff Saturday, September 17, 2022 12:21 AM COLUMBUS, Ga.—Eye Health America (EHA) has acquired a stake in West Georgia Eye Care Center, the largest multi-specialty ophthalmic practice in Columbus, Georgia. This is EHA’s second partnership in Georgia, and 22nd overall. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1951 by Dr. Floyd Jarrell in Columbus, Ga., West Georgia Eye Care Center (WGECC), has grown to a three-location practice in Columbus, Ga. with a two-room ASC serviced by a total of 14 providers across all eyecare specialties (cataract, cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, retina, medical ophthalmology, optometry, optical, hearing) including LASIK and cosmetic surgery.Dr. Evan Sussenbach, president of WGECC, remarked, “We are excited about our affiliation with Eye Health America (EHA), who is one of the premier leaders in eyecare in the Southeast. We think that the partnership with EHA will provide us the best opportunity to grow within our region and allow us to sustainably provide excellent care to our patients and an optimal working environment for our staff.” Serving the Western Georgia and Eastern Alabama region for over 70 years, WGECC has built strong relationships with community residents and health care providers, offering the latest technology and eyecare advancements. “What a highly esteemed practice and synergistic partner for us in Georgia along with Southeast Retina Center in Augusta,” stated EHA Co-CEO, Mary Lou Parisi. “Our alliance with West Georgia Eye Care Center continues Eye Health America’s expansion into the Georgia market," said John Swencki, Co-CEO of EHA. "The WGECC doctors have a great reputation in Columbus, and we are excited to build upon the culture of excellence they have established.” EHA has seen substantial growth in recent years, and with the addition of WGECC, is currently operating with over 100 physicians across 57 locations, 10 ambulatory surgical centers, and more than 1,000 employees in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. EHA provides strategic guidance and operational support to practice groups and ASCs, enabling them to focus on delivering the highest quality patient outcomes and meeting a rapidly growing need for eyecare. Member practices include Bradenton Eye Clinic, Clemson Eye, Piedmont Surgery Center, The Surgery & Laser Center, Carolinas Centers for Sight, Florence Surgery and Laser Center, Southeast Retina Center, Augusta Retina Laser Surgicare, The Eye Associates, Eye Centers of Florida, Surgicare Center, Updegraff Laser Vision, Tampa Bay Eye Surgery Center, and many other top providers of medical and surgical eyecare services in the Southeastern U.S.