Pharos Capital buy ‘telepsychiatry’ company FasPsych

Pharos Capital Group, LLC acquired FasPsych, LLC, a provider of remote psychiatric counseling services, in partnership with company founder Ed Irby. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, FasPsych manages a pool of doctors and nurse practitioners who do consults via videophone for healthcare facilities in the Southwest.

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DALLAS & NASHVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pharos Capital Group, LLC, a private equity firm based in Dallas and Nashville, has acquired telepsychiatry services provider FasPsych, LLC. The acquisition was done in partnership with the company’s founder, Ed Irby, who, along with the company’s seasoned management team, rolled a significant equity stake in conjunction with the transaction.

FasPsych, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, manages a specialized pool of contracted psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners from across the country to provide telepsychiatry services via real-time, interactive televideo communication. Services are primarily provided in the Southwest US to hospitals, community mental health centers, residential mental health centers and various other mental health facilities facing long term struggles recruiting and maintaining their own healthcare providers. FasPsych offers psychiatric evaluation and consultation, medication management, on-call services and remote medical director functions, among other services.

“Pharos has been impressed with the FasPsych management team’s ability to drive consistent growth and strong operating profitability at the company, while simultaneously building a reputation for quality service centered around affordable care and respect for the patient,” said Jim Phillips, Partner at Pharos Capital.

Mr. Irby and his management team will continue to lead the company going forward, building on their successful track record of recruiting experienced clinicians, expanding into new geographies, and penetrating existing markets to drive strong growth and increased profitability. Per Irby, “The company’s expansion plans include moving into new territories, aggressive recruitment to increase the number of clinicians to meet growing demand and extending services to numerous end-user adjacencies.”

“We are very excited to be working with the Pharos team. Pharos shares our vision of improving access to mental health services, and their operations expertise and financial resources will be invaluable as we aim to broaden our reach to both patients and providers,” said Abraham Barton, FasPsych’s CEO.

This marks the sixth portfolio investment from Pharos Fund III, following Pharos’s acquisitions of Seaside Healthcare, Inc., a behavioral health services provider; Employee Benefit Solutions, a provider of healthcare cost containment and wellness programs; Motion PT, a leading provider of physical therapy and occupational therapy in the Northeast; Dermatology and MedSpa, Inc., a provider of medical/surgical and cosmetic dermatology services; and Beacon Specialized Living Services, Inc., a provider of residential healthcare services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Bass, Berry & Sims LLP served as legal counsel to Pharos and BDO, LLP was Pharos’s financial consultant. Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. served as FasPsych’s legal advisor and Mulkey & Company, P.C. was its financial consultant.

About FasPsych

FasPsych, founded in 2007 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, has developed a specialized pool of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners who provide services to provider agencies and other organizations in need of prescribing clinicians. FasPsych provides quality clinicians, who are available to deliver services on a long-term or permanent basis, to a wide range of organizations facing long term struggles relating to recruiting and maintaining psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners. Services are provided via real-time, interactive televideo communication to hospitals, community mental health centers, residential mental health centers and various other mental health facilities.

About Pharos Capital Group

Based in Dallas and Nashville, Pharos Capital Group is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. Since inception, Pharos has invested in 49 companies and currently has approximately $800 million of private equity assets under management. Pharos typically invests $25-$50 million in rapidly growing middle market companies seeking later stage funding for internal growth, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, management buyouts, or recapitalizations predominantly across healthcare sectors. For more information about Pharos, please visit www.pharosfunds.com.