2007 was another busy year for ENH Medical Group as we implemented our plans for growth, quality improvement and enhancement of our service and access.
Strategic and sustained growth in 2007 added to the ENH Medical Group’s depth and expertise, expanding its ability to better serve our patients, families and communities. Nearly 50 net new physicians joined the Medical Group this year with important additions in primary care, oncology, neurosurgery, surgical oncology, thoracic surgery, gastroenterology, neurology and other critical specialties. Growth in specialty coverage and geographic reach reflects the Medical Group’s broad goal to provide more for both patients and referring physicians. To accommodate this growth, a new physician recruitment office was initiated this year, redesigning recruitment practices for the highest level of efficiency and value.
In addition to increasing the number of physicians, the Medical Group also recorded a 12 percent increase in net revenue, an 8 percent growth in patient visits, and significant increases in physician work units, known as RVU’s (relative value unit is a well known government formula). RVU’s in fiscal year 2007 were up nearly 7 percent overall and 11 percent in primary care, representing the third consecutive year of double-digit growth. New offices in Mundelein, Gurnee, and Highland Park add to the Medical Group’s geographic spread and capabilities.
In addition to growth, a continued emphasis on customer loyalty and service values has been a key focus for the Medical Group this year. In particular we have paid close attention to our specialists and enhancing loyalty among our refer- ring physicians. A Specialty Leadership Committee was formed to consider issues related to primary care practice needs like access, service, communication and feedback.
In that regard, the ability for all physicians to now directly schedule referrals and appointments in EPIC, our electronic medical records system, is yet another key to continued loyalty and success.
We continue to push physician leadership opportunities, building a broad cadre of engaged physicians to lead the Medical Group’s growth and development. Physician leaders are given the chance to attend programs at Northwestern University’s Allen Center. In every aspect from performance to risk management, physician leaders are actively engaged in developing best practices and focusing on how the Medical Group can continually do better, reaching aggressive goals for growth and customer loyalty.
The success of the Medical Group is truly a collaborative effort and every member of this team deserves credit for our continued accomplishments. While we are proud of our record, we will continue to strive for even more in the coming year. We remain passionate about providing our patients the highest level of care and service and offering our staff the finest organization for successful career development.
We look to the future with confidence and goals of continued growth and success.
David P. Winchester, MD Chairman ENH Medical Group
Joseph Golbus, MD President ENH Medical Group