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Alpine Invests in Ohio Eye Care Businesses

They will form a new ophthalmology platform for Alpine.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SAN FRANCISCO and AKRON, OH — Alpine Investors, a middle-market private equity firm, has invested in Ohio-based eye care business Northeast Ohio Eye Surgeons Inc. (NEOES), including its subsidiary business, Ohio Eye Care Consultants (OECC). The two companies will together form a new ophthalmology platform for Alpine, and will continue to operate independently under their respective brands.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The ophthalmology sector is a dynamic and growing area of healthcare with an estimated market size of $36 billion in the U.S. and growing 4 to 5% annually. These two businesses have established themselves as leaders in the field,” said Haley Beck, VP of Investing at Alpine Investors. “We are excited to provide the financial and operational resources and apply our people-focused philosophy to further grow these thriving businesses.”

NEOES is a leading ophthalmology practice in northeast Ohio that provides medical and surgical eye services with five offices throughout northeast Ohio. OECC specializes in surgery for glaucoma, cataract, and other ocular conditions, with locations in the Medina and Wadsworth areas in Ohio.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Alpine. We believe that our emphasis on patients and dedication to our employees align perfectly with Alpine’s people-driven approach to investing and operations. This is the start of a very exciting future for our practice,” said Larry Lohman, M.D., F.A.C.S. of NEOES.

Alpine CEO-in-residence, Joseph Giles, will be leading Alpine’s new ophthalmology platform, which will include NEOES and OECC. Giles comes with a wealth of experience in the healthcare services industry, recently serving as the President and the Chief Operating Officer of Athletico, the third largest physical therapy company in the US, where he was responsible for leading the growth strategy, expansion to 380 sites, corporate and business development, and several other key areas. Giles also brings 10 years of experience in investment banking focusing on business services and technology. In this role, Giles will report directly to the board of Alpine’s ophthalmology platform.

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“The doctors at NEOES and OECC have built incredible practices,” said Giles. “They have outstanding leadership teams and reputations for providing outstanding care, which makes them ideal partners as we look to create the premier integrated eye care platform in the Midwest.”

This investment and Alpine’s distinct PeopleFirst approach are expected to help NEOES and OECC scale their vertically integrated models, while continuing to grow the platform and leading with clinical excellence. Alpine’s investment is intended to also help support future partnerships with similarly patient-centric ophthalmology practices that prioritize a high level of focus on clinical care.

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