Summit Medical Group was formed in 1995 by 37 Knoxville physicians who had been in the practice of internal medicine and family practice for up to 40 years. These physicians had similar ideals, practice standards, and a desire to improve their ability to better serve their patients and to be successful in the practice of medicine. With the framework of this
common vision and the strength of pooled resources, Summit Medical Group has become the largest and most widespread organization in the provision of primary care in the East Tennessee region.
As the number of physicians and the size of the company have grown over the past several years, Summit has become
recognized as a regional leader in medical management and innovation. It has installed advanced and comprehensive
information processing systems for its business functions. In 1999, Summit began its hospitalist program which has
subsequently become one of the largest such programs in the nation, serving multiple hospitals. In 2002, electronic
prescribing was implemented throughout the organization, with the new technology enhancing accuracy and reducing
patient wait times for prescriptions. Summit is currently testing additional electronic medical record technology.
Summit has also been a leader in the provision of laboratory services and ancillary care. Its centralized laboratory
performs in excess of five million tests per year while receiving national wards in excellence for proficiency. Summit
Ancillary Services are located at three convenient sites in Knoxville, with mobile Ancillary Services available outside Knoxville, offering improved patient access to diagnostic testing. Such ancillary facilities allow for streamlined
registration and personalized service in mammography, ultrasound imaging, diagnostic cardiology testing, nuclear
imaging, CT scanning and MRI.
The presence of Summit Express Clinics located in the Knoxville area improves access to care for patients with acute
outpatient problems requiring early diagnosis and treatment. No other medical group in Knoxville has provided access with such convenience of location and availability. In 2004, Summit opened a 4-bed, comprehensive sleep center that has now grown to a 10-bed, fully accredited facility with board certified and board eligible sleep specialists dedicated to
diagnosing and treating sleep disorders, with a central focus on the individual needs of the patient. In keeping with its
commitment to healthcare, Summit opened physical therapy services in August 2004. This commitment has now expanded to five centers dedicated to evaluating, educating, and individualizing treatment programs in an effort to provide total, quality healthcare.
Currently, Summit Medical Group has 235 physicians in 56 office locations and 5 hospitals serving patients in 14 counties in the East Tennessee region. Summit “has come a long way” since its inception and will continue to be creative and
innovative in service. Summit is moving ahead in other areas as well, including cooperation with its community hospital partners in meeting primary care needs and improving inpatient hospital care. Summit’s dedication to service and
excellence remains a prime motivation in providing for the needs of those who entrust their health to Summit physicians.
· Accounts Receivable
· Accounting Services
· Decision Support
· Purchasing/Capital Management
· Operations Support
· General Legal Counsel
· Quality Improvement
· Clinical Research
· Physician Recruiting
· Physician Credentialing
· Talent Support and Development
· Information Services
· Facility Planning
· Marketing/Public Relations
· Care Coordination Management
· Health Education Programs
· Population Health Management
· Managed Care Contracting Services
...and much more!
Summit's diagnostic and therapeutic facilities allow our physicians and technical support staff to provide the most sophisticated quality of ancillary and diagnostic services available for our patients, while containing costs at the same time. They have been specially designed with the latest equipment and technology in order to provide our patients the very best in diagnostic procedures, delivered with compassion and respect for each individual patient as well as his or her family. Our facilities are accredited by
local and national agencies and staffed by highly trained specialists, including cardiologists and radiologists.
Summit’s Physical Therapy Services performed at record volume in 2015. Located in West Knoxville, North Knoxville, Powell, Oak Ridge and Downtown Knoxville, the facilities provide treatment for complete recovery from illness or injury. Muscle
weakness, restriction of movement or pain that results from an accident or injury can be treated through physical therapy. In early 2014, a sixth location was added in Greeneville.
Deciding whether to participate in a clinical trial is an important and very personal decision. That is why the providers at Summit Medical Group and staff of PMG Research of Knoxville take every factor into consideration before recommending participation in cutting edge medical research. Our collective goal is to ensure that patients receive the very best care, while maintaining an active role in the development of new medications, medical devices and vaccines.
The Statcare Pulmonary Service extends from inpatient intensivists to our pulmonary clinic and sleep lab services. Part of our focus is to be able to take patients from an initial emergency room visit or admission status through the healing process. This begins with the patient’s initial contact with our pulmonary group all the way through the discharge process and follow-up in our outpatient pulmonary clinic. We feel our advantage in patient care is the continuity of care we can provide, consistently and long-term, if needed. Statcare Sleep Clinic is supported by our pulmonologists and works closely with the community to assist those patients with respiratory impairments that interfere with the sleep process. Located just minutes for our pulmonary clinic, the sleep lab gives our physicians the opportunity to extend their care in this very important clinical specialty area.
As part of the effort to provide the best care in the region, Summit runs three after-hours care centers located in the Knoxville area improves access to care for patients with acute outpatient problems requiring early diagnosis and treatment. All Summit Express Clinics are staffed by the most qualified physicians, advanced practitioners, and general medical staff who provide medical treatment, laboratory, and X-ray services seven days a week. No other medical group in Knoxville has provided access with such convenience of location and availability.
Summit Express Clinics were voted Knoxville’s #1 Clinic 5 years in row!
Most of the lab tests that our offices perform are processed at our Central Laboratory. Our Central Laboratory has been specially designed with the latest equipment and technology in order to provide our patients the very best in diagnostic laboratory testing. It is under the direction of a board certified pathologist and is staffed by highly trained, certified laboratory professionals. The quality of all testing is insured by the strictest standards and protocols. The facility is certified by COLA, a national laboratory accrediting body, which also named it a Laboratory of Excellence. Quality of services is the top priority.
Summit believes in supporting our healthcare community by providing quality care to the senior population. An extension of our service model provides medical coverage to seven area nursing homes. By providing proactive care in the nursing home setting, our statcare team can work with staff and family members to intercede before a simple health concern grows into a more complicated case. Given the size of our group, we have the ability to provide in-house coverage and 24/7 on-call services 365 days a year. Our physician coverage, along with our support team of non-physician providers, enhances our continuum of care within the facility. Compassion and care for our senior population is the catalyst for our nursing home program. Our staff believes we can make a difference in the health care of any life, especially to seniors living in nursing homes.
STATCARE HOSPITALIST GROUP, a division of Summit Medical Group, was formed in July 1999 to provide medical care for hospitalized patients. Since that time, Statcare has grown rapidly and is currently one of the largest independent Hospitalist and Pulmonary/Critical Care groups in the United States, with more than 70 providers at five hospital sites. Statcare also holds medical directorships and provides patient care at six area nursing homes.
At Statcare, our focus is to bring the best providers from across the nation and beyond together to build the most comprehensive and cutting edge hospitalist program available. From our most tenured physician to our newest hire from
residency or non-physician provider, we make patient care our number one
Our Internal Medicine team of physicians strives for excellence in care and patient satisfaction. Realizing the current changes in healthcare are focused on service excellence, our Internal Medicine team works with our coverage facilities to promote a “best practices” mentality in our daily operations.
The Statcare Pulmonary Service extends from inpatient intensivists to our pulmonary clinic and sleep lab
services. Part of our focus is to be able to take patients from an initial emergency room visit or admission
status through the healing process. This begins with the patient’s initial contact with our pulmonary group all the way through the discharge process and follow-up in our outpatient pulmonary clinic. We feel our
advantage in patient care is the continuity of care we can provide, consistently and long-term, if needed.
Statcare Sleep Clinic is supported by our pulmonologists and works closely with the community to assist those patients with respiratory impairments that interfere with the sleep process. Located just minutes for our pulmonary clinic, the sleep lab gives our physicians the opportunity to extend their care in this very
important clinical specialty area.
Though most hospitalist groups are challenged by the daily struggles of staffing, Statcare is proactive by
identifying staffing needs and developing coverage models to meet our needs. In addition to our daily staff of physicians, we have short day shift, swing shift, night shift, and short night shift opportunities for our
physicians. In addition, our acclaimed Non-Physician Provider program provides the additional service needs to maintain balance in our staffing.