August 16, 2017

Fulton Family Health Associates will join University of Missouri Health Care, effective Dec. 7, leaders of both organizations announced today.

MU Health Care employs more than 600 university physicians, including approximately 70 family and community medicine providers. Fulton Family Health Associates includes three physicians — Robert Pierce, MD, MSPH, FAAFP, DABPM-CI; Lisa Pierce, MD, FAAFP; and Brice P. Windsor, DO — as well as a physician assistant and 13 other health professionals, support and administrative staff.

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

Fulton Family Health Associates has provided primary care in central Missouri for 28 years. Two of the physicians — Robert Pierce and Lisa Pierce — completed residencies in family medicine at the MU School of Medicine. In addition, Robert Pierce earned a Master of Science degree in public health from the MU School of Health Professions. Lisa Pierce served as a faculty member in the MU Department of Family and Community Medicine from 1991 to 1996.

Brice P. Windsor, DO, graduated from A.T. Still University in Kirksville. Following medical school, he completed his family medicine residency at Offutt Air Force Base in a joint program with the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

“Fulton Family Health Associates and MU Health Care share a common goal of advancing patient care, medical education and medical research,” said Robert Pierce, partner and founder of Fulton Family Health Associates. “This new affiliation between Fulton Family Health Associates and MU Health Care is a model for integrating health care resources to better serve patients, while preserving the historic strengths of Fulton’s community physicians.”

Under the new arrangement, patients of Fulton Family Health Associates will still be free to choose the health care provider or hospital where they would like to receive inpatient and outpatient care. They will have additional options because Fulton Family Health Associates physicians also will have privileges at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, University Hospital, MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and other MU Health Care inpatient and outpatient facilities.

As part of the affiliation agreement, Fulton Family Health Associates will retain its unique identity, and Fulton Family Health Associates physicians and staff will continue to serve patients at 2613 Fairway Drive in Fulton. MU Health Care will employ the staff of Fulton Family Health Associates, and the three physicians and one physician assistant will be employed by the MU School of Medicine.