Highlander Partners and Flexpoint Ford Acquire Eagle Hospital Physicians

The Dallas-based middle market buyout shop Highlander Partners, along with Flexpoint Ford, a private equity firm focused on healthcare and the financial service sectors, has acquired the practice management company Eagle Hospital Physicians. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.


Highlander Partners, L.P., a Dallas-based investment firm focused on private equity investments in middle-market companies in healthcare and other industries, and Flexpoint Ford, an industry-focused private equity firm dedicated to the healthcare and financial services sectors, have completed the acquisition of Eagle Hospital Physicians (the “Company” or “Eagle”). Eagle is a leading practice management company providing hospitalist contract services, telemedicine and hospitalist temporary staffing to its hospital partners, primarily in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Highlander and Flexpoint are joined in the transaction by Health Enterprise Partners (HEP). Highlander Partners, Flexpoint Ford and HEP have committed substantial additional capital to support future growth initiatives of the Company.

Eagle Hospital Physicians has named Brent McCarty, a seasoned executive with over 20 years of healthcare experience, as its new Chairman and CEO. Mr. McCarty previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Accuro Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a provider of revenue management solutions to the healthcare industry. Robert Young, M.D., founder and CEO of Eagle since 1998, will continue to provide leadership and guidance to Eagle and serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Mac McCormick, Senior Medical Director with Eagle since 2003, will continue Eagle’s physician leadership as the Chief Operating Officer.

“Over the past decade, Eagle Hospital Physicians has gained recognition as one of the top hospitalist companies in the Southeast, providing inpatient solutions tailored to client hospital size, location and needs,” said Robert Young. “I am excited to partner with Brent McCarty as well as Highlander Partners and Flexpoint Ford to capitalize on the strategic opportunity to continue building Eagle.”

“Eagle has a great history of providing powerful hospital solutions by developing and managing hospitalist programs,” said Brent McCarty. “Moving forward, we’re uniquely positioned to help our hospital partners meet their inpatient physician service needs. I am excited to be a part of a company that is committed to innovation and quality inpatient care. We will be making focused investments in people, process and technology, including improving and developing quality measurement systems and focusing on telemedicine and other specialty lines of business.”

About Eagle Hospital Physicians

Eagle Hospital Physicians is a leading practice management company providing hospitalist contract services, telemedicine and hospitalist temporary staffing. Founded in 1999, the Company manages patient care by assisting hospital medical staff with improving quality of service while reducing costs in the inpatient setting. Eagle achieves these results by developing unique plans specifically customized for each hospital’s needs and clinical case load. The Company operates as a platform designed to build a national program through organic growth and strategic acquisition opportunities. For more information about Eagle Hospital Physicians, please visit www.eaglehospitalphysicians.com

About Highlander Partners, L.P.

Highlander Partners, L.P. is a Dallas-based private investment firm with over $300 million in capital allocated for direct private equity investments. The firm focuses on making investments in middle market businesses in targeted industries in which the principals of the firm have significant operating and investing experience, including healthcare, basic manufacturing, food, building materials and others. Highlander Partners uses a “buy and build” investment approach, creating value by helping companies grow organically and through acquisitions. For more information about Highlander Partners, please visit www.highlander-partners.com.

About Flexpoint Ford, LLC

Flexpoint Ford, LLC is an industry-focused private equity firm dedicated to the healthcare and financial services sectors. Flexpoint Ford seeks to build relationships with executives and companies who look for Flexpoint to be a value-added partner. Flexpoint Ford currently has $1.3 billion in committed capital and aims to invest $10 to $100 million of equity in each opportunity. For more information about Flexpoint Ford, please visit www.flexpointford.com.

About Health Enterprise Partners

Health Enterprise Partners, L.P. (HEP) is a growth equity fund focused exclusively on healthcare services and healthcare IT companies. HEP’s investors include 16 of the largest hospital systems and health plans in the United States representing over 200 leading hospitals and 50 million insured lives. For more information about HEP, please visit www.hepfund.com.