EyeSouth Partners Continues Expansion With Georgia Eye Associates Investment

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ATLANTA—EyeSouth Partners, an eyecare-focused physician services organization formed by Shore Capital Partners, announced Monday that it has completed a strategic partnership with Georgia Eye Associates. The deal, which is the fifth announced by EyeSouth Partners in 2018, expands the firms presence into the Lawrenceville and other regions that are northeast of Atlanta, according to the announcement. The financial terms were not disclosed. Georgia Eye Associates, which is led by physicians Donald Poland, MD, Kris Gillian, MD, and Frank Winski, OD, provides care at four Georgia locations: Lawrenceville, Buckhead, Tucker and Braselton. Eyecare services include laser cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment, diabetic eye management, Lasik, oculoplastics, dry eye management and routine eye exams, according to the announcement.

“Our partnership with EyeSouth is a key part of our long-term commitment to our patients and to constantly improving their quality of care,” Dr. Poland said in the announcement. “As part of the EyeSouth affiliation network, we will begin our next phase of growth with the dedicated support of EyeSouth.” Dr. Poland began providing eyecare in the Lawrenceville community in 1988 and Georgia Eye Associates has been growing throughout northeast Atlanta ever since. Georgia Eye Associates will continue to operate under its brand, with no changes to its staff, physicians or locations, according to the announcement.

“Drs. Poland, Gillian and Winski, along with the entire Georgia Eye Associates team, have rightfully earned a reputation for high-quality patient care,” EyeSouth Partners chief medical officer Eugene Gabianelli, MD, said in the announcement. “We are looking forward to taking this partnership to the next level and providing our expertise and best practices to continue Georgia Eye Associates’ history of growth and quality care.”

EyeSouth Partners is committed to partnering with leading physicians to build a premier network of eyecare services in Georgia and the Southeast, and it supports affiliated practices and physician partners with capital, administrative resources, operating expertise and strategic guidance with an absolute focus on clinical quality and a patient-first culture. EyeSouth’s affiliate network consists of 63 doctors practicing at 40 locations throughout Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.

Shore Capital Partners is a lower middle market health care private equity firm.