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About Southwind

Are you fully integrated with your medical staff?

A perfect storm of health care trends is driving health systems to improve integration with physicians through employment and alternative alignment models.

Many health systems acquired and recruited employed physicians in the mid-1990s only to experience huge, unsustainable financial operating losses. Today, however, a confluence of economic and regulatory factors has dramatically altered the strategic imperative for hospital–physician alignment.

Who is Southwind?

Southwind—a division of the Advisory Board Company—is a team of seasoned practice management executives who help health systems improve the performance of their physician enterprise and hospital–physician alignment. We have a proven track record for improving clients’ ROI—helping organizations achieve success in the current fee-for-service environment while preparing for the future.

With more than 12 years of experience assisting health systems with physician practice optimization and management, we have gained in-depth knowledge of cost and utilization trends within the health system-sponsored employed physician setting. We’ve built on that expertise to develop and implement alternative alignment strategies, including clinical integration, co-management development, and other contractual arrangements.

Our Services

We have developed three ways to assist health systems with physician practice management. 

Expert counsel and focused engagement

A broad array of consulting services, including:

  • Business planning and strategy development
  • Physician enterprise assessments
  • Practice acquisition assistance
  • Medical staff development planning
  • Information systems selection and implementation
  • Education for health system senior leadership

Dedicated support

Interim senior management and other supporting resources to address a defined change process need—such as physician enterprise turnaround, startup, or practice acquisition efforts—for a defined period of time.

Long-term management solution

Long-term positioning of the physician enterprise’s senior management team, which resides in the local community. The local team is supported and held accountable by the Southwind Corporate Operations Team.


Contact us to learn more about Southwind

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