CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials say Roper St. Francis will not be extending contracts for 16 of its pediatricians.
According to hospital officials, the decision was a strategic business one made in October of 2015.
"Roper St. Francis decided years ago to defer to other local healthcare providers for pediatric specialty services," said Dr. Robert Oliverio, chief executive officer of Roper St. Francis Physician Partners. "It's important to recognize that this decision doesn't end our relationship with pediatricians."
Hospital officials say it is expected that all 16 of the affected pediatricians will remain active members of the Roper St. Francis Health Alliance, a new clinically integrated network that allows for strategic collaboration with independent and employed physicians.
"Roper St. Francis Physician Partners continues to invest in our adult primary care and internal medicine practices, allowing us to grow in Dorchester County and Berkeley County," Oliverio said. "We already have added seven new physicians to the Summerville market last year, and we're expecting more physicians to be added system-wide this year."
According to a press release, all non-contracted employees of the 16 pediatric practices were offered opportunities to continue working with Roper St. Francis or stay with the practices.