October 26, 2016

Columbia Family Medical Group and University of Missouri Health will affiliate, leaders of both organizations announced today, Wednesday, Oct. 26.

MU Health Care employs more than 500 university physicians, including approximately 70 family and community medicine providers. Columbia Family Medical Group is an eight-provider group comprised of six board-certified and board-eligible physicians, one advanced nurse practitioner and one physician assistant, along with 32 other health professionals, support and administrative staff.

“Our goal is to build on Columbia’s already-excellent reputation as a destination for primary care,” said Mitch Wasden, MU Health Care chief executive officer. “This affiliation will allow both Columbia Family Medical Group and University of Missouri Health Care to create new opportunities to collaborate, improve and promote high quality care for patients in central Missouri.”

Columbia Family Medical Group has provided primary care in central Missouri for 40 years. Five of the physicians earned their medical degrees from the MU School of Medicine, and four of those physicians completed residencies at MU.

“Columbia Family Medical Group and MU Health share a common goal of advancing patient care, medical education and medical research,” said George Prica, MD, medical director of Columbia Family Medical Group. “This new affiliation between Columbia Family Medical Group and MU Health is a model for integrating health care resources to better serve patients, while preserving the historic strengths of Columbia’s community physicians.”

Columbia Family Medical Group physicians have privileges at Boone Hospital Center. Under the new affiliation, they also will have privileges at University Hospital, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and other MU Health Care facilities.

As part of the affiliation agreement, Columbia Family Medical Group will retain its unique identity, and Columbia Family Medical Group physicians and staff will continue to serve patients at 303 N. Keene St., Suite 301, in Columbia. MU Health Care will establish a separate corporation for the affiliation with Columbia Family Medical Group.