US Radiology Specialists adds South Carolina practice to its national network

Physician-owned US Radiology Specialists recently added another imaging practice to its growing network of providers that now stretches across 13 states and 130 outpatient centers.

The Raleigh, North Carolina, company announced Tuesday, Jan. 7., that it has inked a partnership with Upstate Carolina Radiology. UCR has been in business since 1971 and employs 31 radiologists performing 650,000 studies annually, according to an announcement. US Radiology Specialists officials said they targeted the South Carolina practice for its high-quality imaging standards and established ties to two local health systems—Spartanburg Regional Healthcare and Bon Secours St. Francis.

"Their strong relationships with hospital and clinical partners anchor their subspecialized services and provide a firm foundation to meet the growing needs for radiology services in the Carolinas,” CEO John Perkins said in a statement. “We're excited to have UCR contribute to US Radiology's rapid growth."

UCR specializes in all areas of radiology, ranging from mammography to neuroimaging, nuclear medicine and musculoskeletal care. It currently serves eight care locations in South Carolina’s Greenville-Spartanburg area, and also founded the Southern Vascular Institute, providing the largest share of interventional radiology in the region.

President Jason Kelly, MD, said the move made sense for UCR because of its ability to maintain autonomy in the partnership while also adding access to state-of-the-art imaging technology and other resources.

"US Radiology brings what we've been looking for in a partner for our future growth," Kelly said in a statement.