Liberty Mountain Medical Group LLC, the full-service primary care clinic that Liberty University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine will open June 29, has contracted with an independent physician’s group to manage the Wards Road clinic.
Central Virginia Family Physicians will oversee the clinic and provide billing services, clinical staff and electronic medical records. Central Virginia Family Physicians is a group of independent physicians that operate eight family practices and two urgent care facilities in Central Virginia.
The clinic will be staffed by LUCOM professors who are licensed physicians and clinical staff from Central Virginia Family Physicians. It will offer family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health services, osteopathic manipulation, sports medicine, behavioral health care and have X-ray and lab capabilities.
In addition, LMMG has joined Collaborative Health Partners, which Central Virginia Family Physicians and Medical Associates of Central Virginia formed in 2014. The clinically integrated network includes Physicians Treatment Center and Access Health Care and has more than 50 primary care physicians. Members of CHP hope by collaborating, they can drive down overall health care costs and improve outcomes.
As part of the clinical affiliation agreement with LMMG, Shawn Crawford, CEO of Collaborative Health Partners of Virginia said Central Virginia Family Physicians — as well as other members of CHP — will provide the college’s students and residents with learning opportunities. In exchange, patients of CHP practices now have access to a greater number of physicians.
The clinic will be equipped to serve about 200 patients daily.
Dr. Ronnie Martin, dean of the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, said the college also has a strong partnership with Centra and wants to form more collaborative partnerships for the training of its students.
In 2014, Centra and LUCOM expanded their affiliation agreement from five to 30 years.
LMMG’s clinic is the college’s “outreach into the community,” Martin said. The college is required to provide health care to the community in order to obtain accreditation. The college received provisional accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation in May 2013.
Martin said the college decided to form an LLC in order to separate the clinic from the school and allow it to partner with nonprofit entities. The designation also protects the university from liability, he said.
Officials anticipate holding a grand opening for the clinic on Wards Road in July. It will not offer walk-in urgent care.