USMD Adds Three Physicians to Support the Growing Healthcare Needs of the
Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
IRVING, Texas -- December 11, 2013
USMD Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: USMD), a physician-led integrated healthcare
system, announced today that three new physicians—Lorie Blessing, M.D.; Dana
Snell-Hargrove, D.O.; and Jeremy Parcells, M.D.—have joined USMD Affiliated
Services. These new physicians have been added to respond to the growing
healthcare needs of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the patients USMD
“Adding Drs. Blessing, Snell-Hargrove and Parcells to our growing physician
base will allow USMD to continue to provide our patients with the best quality
and most personalized healthcare,” said John House, M.D., chairman and chief
executive officer of USMD Holdings. “These physicians will be located
throughout the DFW Metroplex in an effort to ensure USMD continues to meet our
patients’ healthcare needs.”
Dr. Blessing, a geriatrics physician, has joined USMD at its Plano North
Clinic. With the addition of Dr. Blessing, USMD now has six board-certified
geriatrists on staff. Nationally, 10,000 baby boomers a day reach the age of
65 and it is estimated that by 2030, 18 percent of the country will be age 65
or older. Adding Dr. Blessing will allow USMD to continue to provide quality
healthcare to DFW’s senior population.
Dr. Snell-Hargrove has joined USMD’s growing group of obstetricians and
gynecologists, bringing the total number of OB/GYNs at USMD to 33. The CDC
reports that more than 377,000 babies are born each year in Texas, so adding
another OB/GYN to USMD was necessary.
Dr. Parcells, who specializes in bariatric surgery, will join USMD’s growing
base of general surgeons. During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic
increase in obesity in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults and 17 percent of
children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese. The addition of Dr. Parcells
allows USMD to respond to the increasing number of individuals requiring a
surgical solution to fight obesity and underlying health issues.
Patients who undergo bariatric surgery often realize a 40-80 percent loss of
excess weight. Beyond the weight-loss, bariatric surgery has many positive
health benefits for patients, including reduced risk of diabetes, lower blood
pressure and reduced sleep apnea. Additionally, after bariatric surgery, many
patients find they require fewer medications over time.
More about USMD’s new physicians:
Dr. Lorie Blessing will practice at the Plano North Clinic. Dr. Blessing
completed her fellowship in geriatric medicine at John Peter Smith Tarrant
County Hospital, her residency in family medicine at Methodist Hospitals of
Dallas and her medical degree at St. Matthews School of Medicine in British
Dr. Dana Snell-Hargrove will practice at USMD’s North Richland Hills Clinic.
Dr. Snell-Hargrove completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at
Genesys Regional Medical Center and received her Doctor of Osteopathy at
Michigan State University.
Dr. Jeremy Parcells will practice at the Mansfield General Surgery Clinic. Dr.
Parcells completed his fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery
at University of Nebraska Medical Center, his residency in general surgery at
University of Kentucky and received his medical degree at Baylor College of
About USMD Holdings, Inc.
USMD is a publicly held (NASDAQ: USMD), physician-led, integrated healthcare
system committed to exemplary patient care. Headquartered in Irving, Texas,
USMD serves the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area with more than 250
physicians and associate practitioners, and provides healthcare services to
patients in just under 20 different specialties at its two hospitals, nine
cancer treatment centers and nearly 70 physician clinics, many of which are
multi-specialty. For more information about USMD, visit www.usmd.com.
USMD Holdings, Inc.
Megan Reisig, 214-493-4024
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