Dear Patient:

By now you've probably heard that Pinnacle Medical Group has partnered with Blake Medical Center (an affiliate of Hospital Corportation of America - HCA West Florida). We are proud to contribute to that team!

We wish to take this opportunity to briefly discuss our decision to join HCA and how that benefits you as our patient, as well as, your friends, neightbors and colleagues who live in our community. Here are answers to some of the questions you, our loyal patients, have asked:

Can I still see my own doctor?

Your relationship with us has not changed. In fact, we feel we're better positioned than ever to serve ypur healthcare needs. Pinnacle Medical Group strives to provide you and your family with the highest quality medical care in Manatee County and surrounding areas. To us it's always been about meeting your needs, when you need us, in a place that's convenient to you.

Are you changing locations or consolidating the location I go to into another facility somewhere?

We operate numerous health care facilities and currently have no plans to close any of them. Todays busy families need prompt, convenient and affordable health care. That's why you'll find Pinnacle Medical Group close to where you live. We still offer extended evening and weekend hours at some of our locations. To better serve you, we will continue to monitor patient needs and shall expand our hours of operations at aditional locations as demand necessitates.

Will there be a change in the current billing process?

It is possible that you'll receive two statements from Pinnacle Medical Group. This is due to the new billing process established to accommodate our change in partnership with Blake Medical Center. We ask that you be patient with us as our new statements are mailed out simultaneously with statements from our previous billing system. For any questions you may have regarding your statement(s), please call 866-419-0760.

Can you tell us more about your parent company, are they investing in Pinnacle?

HCA is comprised of locally managed facilities that include about 164 hospitals and 106 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states. With affiliated medical practices large and small, HCA employs 183,000 individuals. HCA typically invests about $1.5 Billion annually to keep these facilities modern and up to date technologically, while expanding new services where needed. HCA's commitment to excellence and their patient centric culture is in line with our values at Pinnacle Medical Group.

Will you be expanding your locations and/or your service lines?

Our integrated, multidisciplinary team of primary care and specialty physicians believes that the circle of care approach is the best. Our organizational structure was designed to support our physicians by providing them with the best tools and work environment they need to provide our patients with the high level of care they deserve and expect. Our commitment is to leverage the vast resources of our parent company, and when needed, team up with our newly expanded network of affiliated medical providers enabling us to deliver seamless, coordinated, comprhensive healthcare to our patients...whether you need preventive primary care services, urgent care, rehabilitation or the skilled treatment only a highly trained specialist can provide- we're there for you now, as we have been from the start. If a visit to the hospital is ever required, either as an inpatient or outpatient, trust that our HCA colleagues will also treat you like family. We've been expanding for over 10 years. Becoming a component of an even larger organization is just a natural extension of our plan to provide you with "word class" healthcare right here in our own backyard.

Be sure to ask us anything that's on your mind the next time you visit. Please join us in celebrating this union which supports our vision to be the best possible, to serve you whenever, wherever, forever.