BUSINESS: Private Equity Retina Consultants of America Announces Two New Florida Partnerships as it Marks 25th Alliance Overall By Staff Thursday, April 14, 2022 12:24 AM SOUTHLAKE, Texas—Retina Consultants of America (RCA), a comprehensive physician management services organization, achieved a major milestone this week as its announced the addition of two partnerships to its national consortium, Vitreo Retinal Surgeons (VRS) and Gulf Coast Retina Associates (GCRA), both in Florida, according to an announcement on Wednesday. In two years, RCA has grown to 25 partners across the U.S. This alliance presents two of the premier partners in the Tampa Bay region, “allowing for the highest level of care and treatment to patients in a thriving state,” the announcement noted.The terms of the new partnerships were not disclosed. RCA is a portfolio company of Webster Equity Partners. “The physicians and staff of Retina Group of Florida would like to welcome Dr. Thomas Ward and Dr. Daniel Montzka to our group, and to Retina Consultants of America. Both doctors received the very best surgical retina training, and both have used their substantial talents to provide outstanding retina care to their patients,” said Larry Halperin, MD, of Retina Group of Florida. “As we continue to grow throughout the state of Florida, we welcome this opportunity to partner with physicians who have integrity, ability and dedication to patient care.” Vitreo Retinal Surgeons was founded by Dr. Ward in 1989. Its mission is to service the retina needs of West Florida, including Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. VRS doctors are board-certified ophthalmologists and specialize in treating macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal tears and detachments, and retinal vascular diseases. “Vitreo Retinal Surgeons is pleased to partner with Retina Consultants of America and the outstanding retina specialists that comprise its extensive nationwide organization,” Dr. Ward, president of the VRS practice, said. “We look forward to sharing RCA’s mission, offering an expanded level of clinical care, and participating in innovative research. Gulf Coast Retina Associates, which has two locations in Clearwater and Trinity, Fla., has been a staple in the Tampa Bay and surrounding area for advanced retina eye health, the announcement noted. GCRA specializes in treatment of disease of the vitreous and retina, including diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, macular holes, retinal tears and detachment, retinal vascular disorders and complications of cataract surgery. GCRA’s Dr. Montzka also is the creator of the IntelleChart EHR, starting in 2006 and then the CEO and co-founder of MDIntelleSys LLC, in 2008. Within a few years, the IntelleChart system became the EHR of choice for retina surgeons and ophthalmologists across the country. In 2014, Dr. Montzka sold the company to NexTech Systems, and continued to lead the IntelleChart product as the chief medical officer until 2018. RCA includes practices in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington. With the addition of VRS and GCRA, RCA now has a total of more than 175 physicians across the U.S. To learn more about a partnership with Retina Consultants of America, contact Robert Grabow, (972) 779-0794.