Connect with us

Headlines

Eyecare Company Adds 3 Practices

They’re located in Georgia and Alabama.

mm

Published

on

ST. LOUIS – EyeCare Partners LLC announced the acquisition of three optometry practices in Alabama and Georgia.

They are:

  • Potter Eye Care, the Decatur, AL, practice of Dr. Dale Potter, O.D.
  • Elan Eye, the Atlanta practice of Dr. Chad Poole, O.D.
  • Sharper Vision Eye Care, the Duluth, GA, practice of Dr. Mark Gottlieb, O.D.
Nano Vista—The Quintessential Line for Kids
Sponsored Content

Nano Vista—The Quintessential Line for Kids

New ‘Auxiliary Skin’ Transforms Eyewear into Seamless Sunglasses
Sponsored Content

New ‘Auxiliary Skin’ Transforms Eyewear into Seamless Sunglasses

Teen Sees Color for the First Time — Watch Her Reaction
Videos

Teen Sees Color for the First Time — Watch Her Reaction

For years, Drs. Gottlieb, Poole and Potter have provided comprehensive optometric services and eyewear to patients in the Atlanta area as well as northern Alabama.

“Dr. Potter, Dr. Gottlieb and Dr. Poole are fantastic physicians who understand our mission and share the same values,” said Dr. James J. Wachter, chief professional officer of ECP. “They are a great fit with our model and we are excited to welcome them to our team.”

EyeCare Partners offers services throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and North Carolina. According to its website, the company has over 240 offices.

Potter said he had been “trying to decide on the best way to wind down my career” and hoped to focus on patient care rather than “the stresses of managing a business.”

Advertisement

“I have known of EyeCare Associates in Alabama (now part of ECP) for several years,” he said. “ECP is a group of very well respected doctors, many of whom I have personally known for most of my professional career. By joining this group of fine doctors, I believe I can continue serving my patients for many more years with the same care and professional approach I have had in private practice while getting the value for my practice I thought I deserved after all these years.”

Poole said, “For some time I have wanted to spend more time on specialties such as pediatrics, emergency eye care, and specialty contact lenses. EyeCare Partners has many practice locations with extensive resources to assist me in growing these specialties. At the same time, my patients will enjoy the same private-practice feel, with the same doctor and improved organization and inventory management.”

Gottlieb, who ran his own practice for 27 years, said, “I am a medical optometrist and believe in the medical model, my research and conversations with other people in the industry confirmed my conclusion that ECP was the best partner.”

Kelly McCrann, CEO of ECP, said, “ECP is committed to expanding in our existing Atlanta and northern Alabama markets. Adding these top-notch physicians to our family is just another demonstration of that commitment. We are excited to learn best practices from our new partners and continue to expand the communities we serve.”

Headlines

Eyewear Company Settles with VSP, Gets Reinstated in Network

VSP removed Aspex from its provider list in 2010.

mm

Published

on

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – VSP Global and Aspex Eyewear Inc. announced that Aspex has agreed to pay a financial settlement to VSP Global.

Aspex Eyewear will be reinstated as an in-network frame provider under VSP’s vision care insurance policies.

Podcast: More Ways to Motivate Your Own Eyecare Business Team
INVISION Podcast

Podcast: More Ways to Motivate Your Own Eyecare Business Team

Podcast: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
INVISION Podcast

Podcast: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Podcast: Try Not to Blink Talks About the Business of Cannabis, and Its Role in Modern Healthcare
Try Not to Blink

Podcast: Try Not to Blink Talks About the Business of Cannabis, and Its Role in Modern Healthcare

Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

The settlement arises from several lawsuits filed by Aspex Eyewear against VSP and Marchon Eyewear, according to a joint statement from VSP and Aspex.

“While court rulings over several years have resulted in favorable decisions for VSP Global, we are nevertheless pleased with this agreement and the opportunity for our respective organizations to move forward,” said Thomas A. Fessler, chief legal counsel and general counsel of VSP Global.

Thierry Ifergan, executive vice president of Aspex Eyewear, said: “Aspex is happy to be reinstated as an in-network frame provider. We are excited to offer Aspex’s top fashion and innovative technologies to VSP’s members through their extensive network of eye care professionals.”

Advertisement

The Sacramento Business Journal has reported that VSP decided “to remove Aspex from its in-network provider list in 2010 after the Canadian eyewear company sued two VSP subsidiaries for patent infringement.”

Aspex then filed suit alleging “breach of contract, antitrust violations and unfair business practices” by VSP in connection with that decision, according to the Business Journal.

Continue Reading

Headlines

Optometry College Inaugurates President

He is the 13th person to serve in the role.

mm

Published

on

New England College of Optometry has inaugurated Dr. Howard B. Purcell as its president.

Purcell is the 13th president in the college’s 125 year history, according to a press release from the institution. He is a graduate of the program, continuing the legacy of his father, Saul Purcell, who graduated in 1954.

New England College of Optometry inaugurated Dr. Howard B. Purcell as its 13th president. Source: New England College of Optometry

The ceremony took place at the Edward Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate in Boston in a recreation of the U.S. Senate chamber. It was attended by over 200 people, including the president’s family, friends and former and current colleagues, student leaders, industry leaders and community representatives. Distinguished delegates included representatives from four optometry schools – Dr. Kevin Alexander (Marshall B. Ketchum University), Dr. Morris Berman (MCPHS), Dr. Mark Colip (Illinois College of Optometry) and Dr. David Heath (State University of New York College of Optometry).

Pano Yeracaris, MD, chairman of the board, said Purcell’s “enthusiasm, energy and commitment is matched by his vision and effectiveness as a leader.”

Cynthia P. Macdonald, great granddaughter of NECO founder August Klein, noted all the hats that Purcell must now wear.

“I know that each one of those hats will be woven from threads of knowledge and competence, care and compassion, diversity and inclusivity, respect and integrity,” Macdonald said. “These are the shining threads that together create the tapestry of the many generations of NECO family. The Klein Family Legacy is now entrusted to your care, Dr. Purcell, and I have no doubt it will be well tended.”

Purcell stepped into the role on July 1, 2018. Over the past nine months, he “has become indelibly connected to the NECO community,” according to the release.

Student Council President Monica Luo, class of 2020, described his immediate immersion into NECO.

“For an institution that feels so strongly about the creation and nurturing of meaningful bonds and relationships, President Purcell is the perfect fit,” Luo said. “In just his first few months, he made every effort to be present everywhere and to speak to everyone. … For every individual, he is open to listening and providing support. He is always present and always receptive.”

Purcell outlined his strategic priorities for the college to help “prepare today’s optometrists for tomorrow’s optometry.” His vision includes diversifying revenue; nurturing diversity, equity and inclusion; expanding continuing education and specialized degree programs; collaborating with industry; and finding ways to “best support and prepare our students for whatever changes may arise,” according to the release.

Continue Reading

Headlines

Shopko to Auction Optical Business, Possibly Keeping 80 Locations Open

700 jobs could be saved.

mm

Published

on

Shopko, the retail chain that recently announced plans to wind down its operations, is looking to auction its optical business, WTAQ-TV reports.

If the auction is successful, hundreds of jobs could be saved, according to the news outlet.

Shopko, which is based in Ashwaubenon, WI, is involved in “advanced negotiations with multiple potential bidders regarding a sale of the Optical Business,” according to a filing in U.S. bankruptcy court in Nebraska.

The company stated: “The Debtors believe that consummating a sale of the Optical Business could preserve as many as 700 jobs and keep as many as 80 store locations open, a tremendous achievement in light of these cases.

Advertisement

“A sale of the Optical Business would also generate higher value than a liquidation of the related property, plant, equipment, and inventory.”

The company is looking to have all bids in hand on Friday, April 11, and hold the auction on Saturday.

Read more at the WTAQ-TV

Continue Reading

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Most Popular