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MEDNAX Teams Up With CENTA to Expand Services in Florida

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MEDNAX, Inc. MD has entered into a collaboration with Orlando, FL-based private pediatric otolaryngology practice CENTA, P.L. With this unique partnership, MEDNAX will be able to add to the services that it provides in the region via its solid network of affiliated physicians across various specialties like maternal-fetal medicine, anesthesiology, neonatology, pediatric urology and radiology, etc. The deal was a cash transaction and will be immediately accretive to earnings. However, other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

It should be noted that the company provides advanced Women's and Children's care in Central Florida and its network caters to more than 12 regional hospital partners.

Established in 2006, CENTA has been dispensing pediatric otolaryngology, allergy and audiology services in Central Florida for more than 12 years. With three local offices as well as Maitland Surgery Center, AdventHealth Orlando and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, it is the best partner for this strategic move by MEDNAX.

MEDNAX also reached an agreement with Northern Indiana Neonatal Associates, P.C., a private neonatology practice located in Fort Wayne, IN, this month. Alignment with this practice is expected to enhance the portfolio of services that MEDNAX offers in the region with its chain of affiliated physicians across different specialties.

The company has been actively looking to expand its neonatal practices. In 2018 and the first half of 2019, it acquired two neonatology and one neonatology physician group practices. In March this year, MEDNAX announced its affiliation to Georgia Neonatology, LLC, a private neonatology practice in Athens, GA. We believe, all these initiatives bode well for this business line.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company have plunged 50.7% in a year’s time, wider than its industry’s decline of 3.4%.



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