Vision Eye Institute (VEI) has expanded its network of clinics to South Australia through a partnership with Eye Surgeons SA (ESSA), adding two new clinics and three satellite consulting locations.
The largest private provider of specialist eyecare in Australia recently announced the move, seeing ESSA founder and principal ophthalmologist Dr Paul Athanasiov become its new partner doctor in South Australia.
The agreement sees Athanasiov’s two ESSA clinics in North Adelaide and Windsor Gardens now come under the VEI banner. Meanwhile, VEI patients will also be able to see Athanasiov at his consulting locations in Kurralta Park, Elizabeth Vale and Whyalla.
VEI’s entrance into South Australia takes its clinic network to 20, with six locations also in New South Wales, four in Queensland and eight in Victoria.
This is in addition to 10 day surgeries operating under the Vision Hospital Group banner. It operates the Windsor Gardens Day Surgery that is co-located with ESSA’s Windsor Gardens clinic.
“We are delighted to bring together Vision Eye Institute and ESSA to share the best of both practices,” VEI CEO Mr James Thiedeman said.
“With Vision Eye Institute’s scale and provenance, and ESSA’s local knowledge and energy, we look forward to delivering exemplary eyecare to the South Australian community.”
Athanasiov’s main areas of expertise are cataract and lens surgery, pterygium, glaucoma and corneal transplantation. He also diagnoses and treats macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and keratoconus.
“We have worked with Paul for many years in our Windsor Gardens Day Surgery facility and this extension of our relationship represents a further opportunity to ensure Adelaide has access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies,” Thiedeman added.
Athanasiov said partnering with VEI would allow ESSA to take its clinical care to a new level.
“Vision Eye Institute ensures all their practices and hospitals throughout Australia are of the highest standard regarding patient and staff safety with a level of clinical governance which cannot be achieved in a standard small business,” he said.
“The extra support for our staff and doctors will also provide us with a ‘big team’ feel and I’m looking forward to being able to travel interstate to visit the practices and theatres of our interstate colleagues.”