Entira Family Clinics in the News!
An excerpt about Entira Family Clinics from Twin Cities Business article “MN’s Independent Doctor’s Are In Critical Condition:”
“...Entira: An Independent With Mojo
Maplewood-based Entira Family Clinics doesn’t seem likely to lose its independence anytime soon. Entira (pronounced enTIRA-ah), formed by the 2008 merger of two smaller family practices, operates a dozen clinics at east metro sites ranging from St. Paul’s East Side to Shoreview. The average age of its patients is 40. Fifty-seven of its 63 doctors own the company, which employs 380, which includes nurses and support staffers. Heads of six business units—technology, insurance, human relations, accounting and finance, clinical practice, and operations—report to Chief Operating Officer Paul Berrisford. Entira managed to survive the recession without any layoffs.
In October, Consumer Reports called Entira a “North Star State success story” in a 32-page special section that rated Minnesota practitioners. The magazine found that Entira’s Bellaire clinic in White Bear Lake led all 552 practices in the study, ranked by the percentage of patients meeting all of the targets for both diabetes and vascular disease. “Hardly a month goes by without someone contacting us to see if we’re interested in some kind of relationship,” says Berrisford, but “our patients don’t want us to be acquired.”
Entira has worked with a number of medical schools to offer training, internships, and opportunities for students to shadow its physicians. At least half of the clinic’s doctors got to know Entira through these programs before they joined the practice, Berrisford says. “We don’t want to hire employees” when recruiting doctors, he says. “We want to hire owners.””