Timeline

One of the largest and fastest-growing health care resource companies 

  • 1994_1_Schu

    1994

    On August 1, 1994, Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher, an emergency medicine physician, founds Schumacher Group, believing that there is a better way to deliver and manage emergency medical services in hospitals.

  • 1994_2_Olivier-Reynolds-Schu

    1994

    Schumacher Group staff includes Dr. Mark Olivier, Karen Reynolds, RN, Dr. Schumacher and Angie Briley, office manager. Dr. Olivier and Karen have worked with Dr. Schumacher in private practice since 1981 and share his passion for the patient-focused approach to emergency medicine that will come to distinguish the company. 

  • 1994_3_Old-Logo-Mission

    1994

    Dr. Schumacher and Karen Reynolds write the mission statement for Schumacher Group. 

  • 1994_4_Schu-with-young-girl-pt

    1994

    Dr. Schumacher works clinical shifts during the week and out of his assistant’s living room on weekends. He and his colleagues begin to develop the company’s patient first philosophy, creating a process that focuses on high quality patient care and experience.

  • 1994_5_BusPhysicians

    1994

    Schumacher Group physicians, hospital staff, and administrators begin to work collectively. They improve the quality of patient information, ensure that the appropriate tests and results happen in a timely manner, and make sure the billing process goes smoothly.

  • 1994_6_OGH

    1994

    SG partners with its first hospital, Opelousas General in Opelousas, LA, establishing its first region, Lafayette’s South Central I.

  • 1994_7_map

    1994

    Schumacher Group ends the year with three partner hospitals.

  • 1995_8_Open-Sign

    1995

    Schumacher Group opens its first office at Opelousas General. Four employees work out of a former patient exam room. They hang out a tiny sign and the office is swamped with former patients, hoping Dr. Schumacher has opened a private practice.

  • 1995_9_Gary-Keller

    1995

    The company hires Gary Keller, a top administrator at Opelousas General and a corporate management pro. His business expertise in management and leadership enables Schumacher Group to have the resources to better communicate and execute its vision and philosophy.

  • 1995_10_ambulance

    1995

    Dr. Schumacher and Karen drive from community hospital to community hospital, sharing their vision of how to deliver and manage emergency medical services.

  • 1995_11_MalePhone

    1995

    Schumacher Group begins to change the culture of how patients are treated. Dr. Schumacher and Karen Reynolds personally call patients to get their feedback on their medical services.

  • 1995_12_map

    1995

    The company ends the year with seven partner hospitals and begins to expand into territories outside of Louisiana. 

  • 1996_13_old-kitchen

    1996

    Schumacher Group moves their offices to a vacant health club where racquetball courts become cubicles and day care areas become meeting rooms. Due to employee expansion, SG moves to its next location on Rue Jean Lafitte in Lafayette, LA. 

  • 1996_14_Quattrone

    1996

    Dr. Tim Quattrone joins the company as a Medical Director, interviewing physicians who share Dr. Schumacher’s passion for patients and medicine by the algae laden former swimming pool. He later became Regional Medical Officer. 

  • 1996_15_old-bill

    1996

    With Schumacher Group’s growing reputation, hospital administrators begin to contact the company to partner. To improve the patient experience, Schumacher Group begins doing its own billing. 

  • 1996_17_Bill-Crays

    1996

    Impressed by the energy at Schumacher Group, Bill Crays is talked out of retirement as a CFO for public companies in the oil and gas industry to become the company’s first CFO. He brings his expertise in finance and accounting, managing the company efficiently and effectively, so SG can grow while providing quality patient care in an affordable way.

  • 1996_16_map

    1996

    Schumacher Group ends the year with 8 partner hospitals.

  • 1997_18_MarieBourque

    1997

    Marie Bourque, Bill Cray’s former intern, joins the company as the Accounting Supervisor.

  • 1997_19_Pilgrim

    1997

    Dr. Schumacher meets Dr. Randy Pilgrim and Dr. Marc Newquist at the New Orleans ACEP conference. The two physicians share the same mission and vision about emergency care and are looking for opportunities with like-minded doctors.

  • 1997_20_Newquist

    1997

    Dr. Schumacher introduces Dr. Pilgrim and Dr. Newquist to Karen Reynolds, Dr. Olivier and Bill Crays. Inspired by their energy, the two physicians leave the largest ED contractor at that time to join Schumacher Group to develop and manage the Florida region.

  • 1997_21_blue-H-sign

    1997

    As in the early days, Drs. Pilgrim and Newquist head for the blue signs, driving from hospital to hospital in Florida to share the SG philosophy on patient care in emergency medicine.

  • 1997_22_Male-Doc-on-Computer

    1997

    Dr. Schumacher continues to establish innovative emergency room processes. Physicians work triage to minimize acute care services, and physicians and nurses track patient satisfaction.

  • 1997_23_EDPMA

    1997

    With changes in Medicare laws, Dr. Schumacher forms the Emergency Department Practice Management Association with two colleagues, to better educate law and policy makers on emergency room processes and innovative approaches in health care that will allow it to be effective and scalable across all states.

  • 1997_24_Rapides-Reg-Med-Cntr

    1997

    Schumacher Group grows to 13 employees with 15 partner hospitals, including Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA, the company’s first large hospital. Atlanta’s South East Region begins.

  • 1997_25_map

    1997

    Schumacher Group ends the year with 15 partner hospitals in 3 states. 

  • 1998_26_Pawlowski

    1998

    Dr. Schumacher meets Dr. Mike Pawlowski, a talented physician from Houston who embraces the patient first philosophy, and hires him to build the South West I region.

  • 1998_27_stethoscope

    1998

    The company begins to build the infrastructure to service 30+ hospital partners, recruiting talented physicians and executives who are willing to change the current process to include quality and ensure patients are represented.

  • 1998_28_map

    1998

    Schumacher Group grows to 23 employees and ends the year with 24 partner hospitals. Beginning Lafayette, Louisiana’s South Central II region adds to Schumacher's expansion.

  • 1999_29_INC500

    1999

    Inc. 500 ranks Schumacher Group #176 as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.”

  • 1999_30_Top100Article

    1999

    Schumacher Group featured in “TOP 100 Businesses” by Acadiana Business. Dr. Schumacher says, “We put people in place who are believers in our Mission Statement. Once you have that, it all falls into place.”

  • 1999_31_map

    1999

    SG ends the year with 42 employees, 39 partner hospitals, and begins Memphis’ Mid West Region.

  • 2000_32_Dallas

    2000

    Schumacher Group opens ProCode in Dallas to control the process of inputting and extracting information on patient charts. This enables the company to respond more quickly and efficiently to changes in health care, better serving patients and partner hospitals.

  • 2000_33_map

    2000

    SG ends the year with 61 employees and 43 partner hospitals.

  • 2001_34_MedMalpracCover

    2001

    Medicare cuts reimbursement fees and medical malpractice insurance skyrockets. Schumacher Group adjusts by forging new systems and relationships. Dr. Newquist says, “This is an organization that when faced with a challenging situation uses that situation to prove what we stand for.”

  • 2001_35_RPPptcharts

    2001

    In response to Medicare cuts, SG develops the RPP Plan to promote improved quality, improve documentation and communication, reduce risk, and ensure appropriate reimbursement. 

  • 2001_36_ProCode

    2001

    ProCode Lafayette opens, further cementing the control over the process of inputting and extracting information on patient charts, better serving patients and partner hospitals.

  • 2001_37_map

    2001

    Schumacher Group now has a total of 56 partner hospitals.

  • 2002_38_EMBCC

    2002

    The company opens the Emergency Medical Billing & Coding Company in Dallas, developing processes to ensure the safety, quality and continuity of patient care and experience. Dr. Pilgrim says, “This technology is industry-leading. It allows us to funnel clinical and quality information back to our physicians, which allows them to have a more thorough view of their practice.”

  • 2002_39_Guidry

    2002

    Jim Guidry joins Schumacher Group as COO, bringing his decades of success in the operation of primary care, urgent care, and emergency medicine. His unique combination of creative problem-solving, relationship building, and execution skills result in a high level of accountability and performance from his teams.   

  • 2002_40_map

    2002

    Schumacher Group ends the year with 164 employees and 66 partner hospitals.

  • 2003_41_SG-Corp-Bldg

    2003

    The company moves its home office to Corporate Boulevard in Lafayette, Louisiana.

  • 2003_42_HMBrochure

    2003

    After requests from partner hospitals, Schumacher Group establishes the Hospital Medicine division. The company sells its radiology business to focus on services core to its mission, including Hospital Medicine services.

  • 2003_43_Female-Doc-with-Pt

    2003

    Experienced in Hospital Medicine, Dr. Newquist writes the HM business plan. While the model is different, the company’s mission and vision stay the same—put the patient first. SG quickly distinguishes the division as a stand alone-entity competing against other HM companies.

  • 2003_44_insurance

    2003

    Finding it impractical to buy affordable medical malpractice insurance for its doctors, Schumacher Group forms an insurance company, further emphasizing the importance of risk management in better serving their patients. 

  • 2003_45_Risk-Mgmt

    2003

    The company hires a professional risk manager and establishes a Risk Management division with the goal of minimizing risk and optimizing patient safety.

  • 2003_46_PTTR

    2003

    Schumacher Group nearly doubles in size to 331 employees and now has 78 partner hospitals.

  • 2004_47_map

    2004

    SG continues to expand with a total of 444 employees, 96 partner hospitals, and begins Lafayette Louisiana’s South Central III division.

  • 2005_48_Schu-Katrina

    2005

    Schumacher Group establishes a command center in Lafayette, LA to provide relief for patients and hospitals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, coordinating with State and Federal government, FEMA, volunteer doctors, hospitals, helicopter agencies and the Civil Air Patrol. 

  • 2005_49_SG-docs-Katrina

    2005

    The company trucks in doctors, water and emergency supplies, and ferries out patients. “What we learned in that process is the incredible value of a healthy private sector to flank government,” says Dr. Pilgrim. “We helped re-establish the critical role of emergency medicine in responding to large-scale disasters.”

  • 2005_50_BusPersonYear

    2005

    Dr. Schumacher receives the “Business Person of the Year” honor from The Times of Acadiana.

  • 2005_51_Menefee

    2005

    Douglas Menefee, a pioneer in the Internet economy, joins the company as CIO. His mission is to launch a multi-million dollar technology initiative to upgrade or replace every enterprise system within Schumacher Group to better serve patients, providers and partner hospitals.

  • 2005_52_revenue-growth

    2005

    SG deliberately slows  growth in order to assess all systems and implements changes that increase efficiency. While the company stays the same size, revenue and profitability grow. It is a landmark year in the maturing of the company. 

  • 2005_53_map

    2005

    The company adds partner hospitals in three new states - Hawaii, South Carolina and Indiana - ending the year with 99 partner hospitals.

  • 2006_54_Innov-of-year

    2006

    Dr. Schumacher receives the “Innovator of the Year Award” in the 2006 Governor’s Technology Awards.

  • 2006_55_female-nurse-red

    2006

    Schumacher Group launches a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution to improve how the company collaborates with its physicians. This continues to aid physicians in providing the highest quality of patient care.

  • 2006_56_map

    2006

    Now with 125 partner hospitals, Schumacher Group expands by beginning Dallas’ South West II Region.

  • 2007_57_electronicbilling

    2007

    SG launches an electronic billing solution for physicians and an upgraded billing solution for patients, streamlining the billing process and improving the billing experience.

  • 2007_58_PTTR

    2007

    Schumacher Group once again wins 1st place in “Paint the Town Red,” a community event that supports the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It is just one of the many volunteer activities that employees have taken part in since the founding of the company.

  • 2007_59_map

    2007

    SG ends the year with 502 employees and 139 partner hospitals.

  • 2008_60_heroes-er-med

    2008

    Dr. Schumacher is recognized by ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) during their 40-year anniversary as one of the “Heroes of Emergency Medicine.”

  • 2008_61_paperless-coding

    2008

    The company goes paperless for medical coding, increasing the accuracy of claims and improving the patient experience.

  • 2008_62_360-stetho

    2008

    Schumacher Group launches a business intelligence center of excellence, enabling the company to have a 360-degree view of patient providers and partner hospitals that improves data quality and reduces errors.

  • 2008_63_Guiding-Principles

    2008

    With the company rapidly growing and a lot of new hires, Schumacher Group takes the year to make sure that every employee gets the tri-fold of the company’s Guiding Principles. “We want every single person to understand how every single thing they do impacts the patient,” says Dr. Pilgrim.

  • 2008_64_map

    2008

    SG ends the year with 149 partner hospitals and begins the Great Lakes Region.

  • 2009_65_15-yr

    2009

    Schumacher Group celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

  • 2009_66_nurse

    2009

    SG significantly expands its use of Midlevel Providers, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, to align the company with a workforce that will be crucial in delivering quality patient care in the future. Patient satisfaction rates continue to remain above average and are, at times, even higher than in the past.

  • 2009_67_ProvPort

    2009

    The company launches the Provider Portal, enhancing communications and collaborations with physicians, once again improving the quality of patient care.

  • 2009_68_hands-with-steth

    2009

    Schumacher Group undergoes significant organizational restructuring. Company names East, West, and Hospital Medicine division Presidents and COOs and forms Enterprise Risk Management, Revenue Management, and Medical Informatics departments.

  • 2009_69_Entre-of-Year

    2009

    Dr. Schumacher named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Acadiana Business.

  • 2009_70_Marie-Bourque

    2009

    Marie Bourque is promoted to CFO. She says, “The reality over the last 16 years is that I have never stopped learning. If you dive in and you are engaged and you work hard, you are going to learn a lot and you are going to be able to contribute in a way that you wouldn’t be able to at other companies.”

  • 2009_71_Pilgrim

    2009

    Dr. Pilgrim is elected to fourth consecutive term as the Chair of Emergency Department Physician Management Association, which now represents over half the emergency care delivered in America.

  • 2009_72_Olivier

    2009

    Dr. Olivier named President Elect of Louisiana chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians.

  • 2009_73_map

    2009

    Schumacher Group ends the year with 867 employees and 150 partner hospitals.

  • 2010_74_Schu-awards

    2010

    Schumacher Group receives many honors including being ranked #2 in “Top 50 Privately Held Companies” by Acadiana Business, “Top 100 Companies By Gross Dollars of Growth” on the Inc. 5000, and “50 Companies We Can’t Do Without” by 10/12 Corridor Magazine.

  • 2010_75_CM-coding

    2010

    SG establishes the Care Management division to ensure the proper coding and documentation of patient charts, essential in providing a high quality of continuum of care for patients and reimbursements for partner hospitals. 

  • 2010_76_hands

    2010

    With the ability to easily audit the more accurate chart information, the Care Management division is key in the company’s long-term strategy to better assess and treat the health needs of entire communities.

  • 2010_77_EPF

    2010

    Schumacher Group launches an Electronic Provider Feedback (EPF) solution on the Provider Portal to give physicians and caregivers feedback on the quality of their documentation and additional self-education tools to improve the quality of patient care.

  • 2010_78_MLA

    2010

    SG partners with the StuderGroup for strategic planning and leadership training and also establishes the Medical Leadership Academy. Dr. Newquist says, “Good leadership will leave a legacy for Schumacher Group in health care.”

  • 2010_79_Pilgrim

    2010

    Dr. Randy Pilgrim is promoted to Co-CEO.

  • 2010_80_Guidry

    2010

    Jim Guidry is promoted to President.

  • 2010_81_Schu-with-coat

    2010

    Dr. Schumacher retires from working clinical shifts.

  • 2010_82_map

    2010

    Schumacher Group ends the year with 867 employees and 181 partner hospitals.

  • 2011_83_ernst-and-young

    2011

    Dr. Schumacher receives the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award” in the health care category.

  • 2011_84_Gulf-coast

    2011

    Dr. Schumacher is selected as a National Finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” 25th Anniversary.

  • 2011_85_Inc-500

    2011

    Schumacher Group is four-time winner of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. 500|5000

  • 2011_86_Rowan

    2011

    SG opens its first Urgent Care facility in Rowan, North Carolina at the request of one of its partner hospitals that wants to implement the company’s approach to providing high quality patient care to their Urgent Care facility.

  • 2011_87_WW

    2011

    The company acquires WellnessWorks, including their Physical Medicine division, a health care business that helps employers educate their employees about their health plan, making them aware of Wellness programs and preventative medicine services.

  • 2011_88_PS-and-PFMS

    2011

    Schumacher Group establishes Patient Solutions, bringing collections in-house so that the company’s vision for treating the patient with the dignity and professionalism that they receive at the bedside carries all the way through the system. 

  • 2011_89_Wellness-apple

    2011

    The company institutes a CRM solution for Patient Solutions and WellnessWorks, improving how the company interacts with the patients.

  • 2011_90_med-bill

    2011

    SG launches medical billing online payments for patients, providing them with a quick and easy option for fulfilling their financial obligations.

  • 2012_92_Jindal

    2011

    Gov.  Bobby Jindal comes to Schumacher Group to announce that the company will add 600 jobs over the next two years, which will be funded in part by the state of the Louisiana Economic Development, launching SG onto another plateau.

  • 2011_91_map

    2011

    Schumacher Group expands to 1,475 employees with 242 partner hospitals.

  • 2012_93_Jindal-teaser

    2012

    The deal between Schumacher Group and Louisiana Economic Development tops “Big Deals” in Acadiana Business as #1. With the average salary for the 600 new direct jobs at $62,500 plus benefits and the creation of 784 additional indirect jobs, the publication notes that it “easily ranks as the most significant deal of the year.”

  • 2012_95_patient

    2012

    Schumacher Group is now treating 4 million patients a year. The company’s patient satisfaction rates continue to score significantly above national averages. 

  • 2012_96_logo

    2012

    SG undergoes a year of rebranding and adopts a new brand anchor for its continuum of care approach to healthcare. While the mission statement of 1994 remains unchanged, the company establishes a vision statement – “Curing healthcare for each and every patient” – as part of the new brand renaissance.

  • 2012_97_map

    2012

    Schumacher Group has organically grown to 1,850 employees, including Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. In addition to the 3,000 contracted Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Schumacher Group now has 299 partner hospitals throughout six service lines in 27 states. 

  • 2013_98_keller

    2013

    Gary Keller, former CEO and President of Opelousas General Health System, returns to the company to serve as Executive President allowing Dr. Pilgrim to focus his efforts as Enterprise Chief Medical Officer and Jim Guidry to focus as President & Chief Operating Officer of EM and HM Services. 

  • 2013_99_cantrell

    2013

    Keith Cantrell of Dallas is appointed as SG’s first-ever Chief Revenue Officer to oversee Corporate revenue operations. 

  • 2013_99_DrSchu_Twitter

    2013

    Dr. Schumacher joins the “Twittersphere” to communicate via social media through his handle, @KipSchumacher. SG also debuts a new blog for industry updates and educational articles.

  • 2013_100_INC5000_4009

    2013

    Schumacher Group is chosen for the 2013 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a ranking of #4009 with a 3-year growth of 67 percent. The company also ranks #2 on the list of "Top 50 Privately Held Companies based out of Acadiana" by Acadiana Business.

  • 2013_101_map

    2013

    SG ends the year with 299 partnering contracts in 28 states across the United States.

  • 2014_102_Rich and Kip

    2014

    Rich D’Amaro joins SG as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Schumacher remains as Executive Chairman.

  • 2014_103_New leaders

    2014

    SG welcomes new Executive Leadership including: Lee White, COO; Tom Dolan, CFO; Chris Cotteleer, CIO; Steven Ditto, CBDO; and Scott Weir, Leader of Office of Strategic Initiatives.

  • 2014_104_ABiz_1

    2014

    SG chosen by Acadiana Business as #1 on their annual list of Top 50 Privately Held Companies in the Lafayette area. 

  • 2014_104_20Year

    2014

    Schumacher Group celebrates its 20th anniversary!

  • 2014_106_map

    2014

    SG ends the year with contracts in 20 states. 

  • 2015_107_GE Gold

    2015

    SG’s Revenue Cycle Services (RCS) team captures the General Electric 2015 Gold Productivity Award for success in using Centricity solutions to help improve productivity in revenue cycle management.

  • 2015_108_SubsidiumHC

    2015

    Schumacher Group partners with health care organizations of all sizes to provide value-added consulting services, from market strategy through operations and technology implementation through its wholly-owned consulting practice, Subsidium Healthcare.

  • 2015_109_ABiz

    2015

    SG chosen by Acadiana Business as #1 on their annual list of Top 50 Private Companies in the Lafayette area for the second consecutive year. 

  • 2015_111_telehealth

    2015

    SG launches significant advancements in Teleheath through its state-of-the-art Telehospitalist Program, the first telemedicine initiative executed by the company.

  • 2015_112_Schillingers_HPP

    2015

    What originated in 1988 as ECS Holdings, led by Dr. David Schillinger as CEO/Chairman, expanded with the addition of Dr. Schillinger’s brother, Jeffrey, who joined in 1993 as President. In 2002, the Schillinger brothers co-founded EDCare Management, which ultimately became Hospital Physician Partners (HPP).  At the time of its 2015 merger with Schumacher Group, HPP boasted more than 2,000 providers in 22 states.

  • 2015_110_SG_HPP

    2015

    Schumacher Group and Hospital Physician Partners unite. Combined company significantly expands U.S. market share.

  • 2015_113_map

    2015

    The unified company closes the year with 367 contracts throughout 300 hospitals across 28 states, partnering with more than 5,000 providers and nearly 1,700 employees to help treat more than 6 million patients annually. 

  • 2016_114_SCP logo

    2016

    A new era emerged with the launch of a revitalized company brand – Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP)

  • 2016_115_ECI _Transitional_Logo

    2016

    SCP and ECI Healthcare join forces. Combined company serves over 8 million patients throughout 450 facilities in 31 states with over 7200 providers.

    Founded in 1972 by Dr. James M. Johnson and Dr. Robert M. Williams, ECI Healthcare (ECI) was an integral part of the evolution of emergency care. Drs. Johnson and Williams, two of the original emergency physicians in the country, efficiently managed care for millions of patients, prospering into a network of professional services reaching well beyond the ED.

    Since 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Derik King, ECI has contributed a responsive, visionary approach to the future of healthcare.

1994

1994_1_Schu

On August 1, 1994, Dr. William C. “Kip” Schumacher, an emergency medicine physician, founds Schumacher Group, believing that there is a better way to deliver and manage emergency medical services in hospitals.

1994_2_Olivier-Reynolds-Schu

Schumacher Group staff includes Dr. Mark Olivier, Karen Reynolds, RN, Dr. Schumacher and Angie Briley, office manager. Dr. Olivier and Karen have worked with Dr. Schumacher in private practice since 1981 and share his passion for the patient-focused approach to emergency medicine that will come to distinguish the company. 

1994_3_Old-Logo-Mission

Dr. Schumacher and Karen Reynolds write the mission statement for Schumacher Group. 

1994_4_Schu-with-young-girl-pt

Dr. Schumacher works clinical shifts during the week and out of his assistant’s living room on weekends. He and his colleagues begin to develop the company’s patient first philosophy, creating a process that focuses on high quality patient care and experience.

1994_5_BusPhysicians

Schumacher Group physicians, hospital staff, and administrators begin to work collectively. They improve the quality of patient information, ensure that the appropriate tests and results happen in a timely manner, and make sure the billing process goes smoothly.

1994_6_OGH

SG partners with its first hospital, Opelousas General in Opelousas, LA, establishing its first region, Lafayette’s South Central I.

1994_7_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with three partner hospitals.

1995

1995_8_Open-Sign

Schumacher Group opens its first office at Opelousas General. Four employees work out of a former patient exam room. They hang out a tiny sign and the office is swamped with former patients, hoping Dr. Schumacher has opened a private practice.

1995_9_Gary-Keller

The company hires Gary Keller, a top administrator at Opelousas General and a corporate management pro. His business expertise in management and leadership enables Schumacher Group to have the resources to better communicate and execute its vision and philosophy.

1995_10_ambulance

Dr. Schumacher and Karen drive from community hospital to community hospital, sharing their vision of how to deliver and manage emergency medical services.

1995_11_MalePhone

Schumacher Group begins to change the culture of how patients are treated. Dr. Schumacher and Karen Reynolds personally call patients to get their feedback on their medical services.

1995_12_map

The company ends the year with seven partner hospitals and begins to expand into territories outside of Louisiana. 

1996

1996_13_old-kitchen

Schumacher Group moves their offices to a vacant health club where racquetball courts become cubicles and day care areas become meeting rooms. Due to employee expansion, SG moves to its next location on Rue Jean Lafitte in Lafayette, LA. 

1996_14_Quattrone

Dr. Tim Quattrone joins the company as a Medical Director, interviewing physicians who share Dr. Schumacher’s passion for patients and medicine by the algae laden former swimming pool. He later became Regional Medical Officer. 

1996_15_old-bill

With Schumacher Group’s growing reputation, hospital administrators begin to contact the company to partner. To improve the patient experience, Schumacher Group begins doing its own billing. 

1996_17_Bill-Crays

Impressed by the energy at Schumacher Group, Bill Crays is talked out of retirement as a CFO for public companies in the oil and gas industry to become the company’s first CFO. He brings his expertise in finance and accounting, managing the company efficiently and effectively, so SG can grow while providing quality patient care in an affordable way.

1996_16_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with 8 partner hospitals.

1997

1997_18_MarieBourque

Marie Bourque, Bill Cray’s former intern, joins the company as the Accounting Supervisor.

1997_19_Pilgrim

Dr. Schumacher meets Dr. Randy Pilgrim and Dr. Marc Newquist at the New Orleans ACEP conference. The two physicians share the same mission and vision about emergency care and are looking for opportunities with like-minded doctors.

1997_20_Newquist

Dr. Schumacher introduces Dr. Pilgrim and Dr. Newquist to Karen Reynolds, Dr. Olivier and Bill Crays. Inspired by their energy, the two physicians leave the largest ED contractor at that time to join Schumacher Group to develop and manage the Florida region.

1997_21_blue-H-sign

As in the early days, Drs. Pilgrim and Newquist head for the blue signs, driving from hospital to hospital in Florida to share the SG philosophy on patient care in emergency medicine.

1997_22_Male-Doc-on-Computer

Dr. Schumacher continues to establish innovative emergency room processes. Physicians work triage to minimize acute care services, and physicians and nurses track patient satisfaction.

1997_23_EDPMA

With changes in Medicare laws, Dr. Schumacher forms the Emergency Department Practice Management Association with two colleagues, to better educate law and policy makers on emergency room processes and innovative approaches in health care that will allow it to be effective and scalable across all states.

1997_24_Rapides-Reg-Med-Cntr

Schumacher Group grows to 13 employees with 15 partner hospitals, including Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA, the company’s first large hospital. Atlanta’s South East Region begins.

1997_25_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with 15 partner hospitals in 3 states. 

1998

1998_26_Pawlowski

Dr. Schumacher meets Dr. Mike Pawlowski, a talented physician from Houston who embraces the patient first philosophy, and hires him to build the South West I region.

1998_27_stethoscope

The company begins to build the infrastructure to service 30+ hospital partners, recruiting talented physicians and executives who are willing to change the current process to include quality and ensure patients are represented.

1998_28_map

Schumacher Group grows to 23 employees and ends the year with 24 partner hospitals. Beginning Lafayette, Louisiana’s South Central II region adds to Schumacher's expansion.

1999

1999_29_INC500

Inc. 500 ranks Schumacher Group #176 as one of “America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies.”

1999_30_Top100Article

Schumacher Group featured in “TOP 100 Businesses” by Acadiana Business. Dr. Schumacher says, “We put people in place who are believers in our Mission Statement. Once you have that, it all falls into place.”

1999_31_map

SG ends the year with 42 employees, 39 partner hospitals, and begins Memphis’ Mid West Region.

2000

2000_32_Dallas

Schumacher Group opens ProCode in Dallas to control the process of inputting and extracting information on patient charts. This enables the company to respond more quickly and efficiently to changes in health care, better serving patients and partner hospitals.

2000_33_map

SG ends the year with 61 employees and 43 partner hospitals.

2001

2001_34_MedMalpracCover

Medicare cuts reimbursement fees and medical malpractice insurance skyrockets. Schumacher Group adjusts by forging new systems and relationships. Dr. Newquist says, “This is an organization that when faced with a challenging situation uses that situation to prove what we stand for.”

2001_35_RPPptcharts

In response to Medicare cuts, SG develops the RPP Plan to promote improved quality, improve documentation and communication, reduce risk, and ensure appropriate reimbursement. 

2001_36_ProCode

ProCode Lafayette opens, further cementing the control over the process of inputting and extracting information on patient charts, better serving patients and partner hospitals.

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Schumacher Group now has a total of 56 partner hospitals.

2002

2002_38_EMBCC

The company opens the Emergency Medical Billing & Coding Company in Dallas, developing processes to ensure the safety, quality and continuity of patient care and experience. Dr. Pilgrim says, “This technology is industry-leading. It allows us to funnel clinical and quality information back to our physicians, which allows them to have a more thorough view of their practice.”

2002_39_Guidry

Jim Guidry joins Schumacher Group as COO, bringing his decades of success in the operation of primary care, urgent care, and emergency medicine. His unique combination of creative problem-solving, relationship building, and execution skills result in a high level of accountability and performance from his teams.   

2002_40_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with 164 employees and 66 partner hospitals.

2003

2003_41_SG-Corp-Bldg

The company moves its home office to Corporate Boulevard in Lafayette, Louisiana.

2003_42_HMBrochure

After requests from partner hospitals, Schumacher Group establishes the Hospital Medicine division. The company sells its radiology business to focus on services core to its mission, including Hospital Medicine services.

2003_43_Female-Doc-with-Pt

Experienced in Hospital Medicine, Dr. Newquist writes the HM business plan. While the model is different, the company’s mission and vision stay the same—put the patient first. SG quickly distinguishes the division as a stand alone-entity competing against other HM companies.

2003_44_insurance

Finding it impractical to buy affordable medical malpractice insurance for its doctors, Schumacher Group forms an insurance company, further emphasizing the importance of risk management in better serving their patients. 

2003_45_Risk-Mgmt

The company hires a professional risk manager and establishes a Risk Management division with the goal of minimizing risk and optimizing patient safety.

2003_46_PTTR

Schumacher Group nearly doubles in size to 331 employees and now has 78 partner hospitals.

2004

2004_47_map

SG continues to expand with a total of 444 employees, 96 partner hospitals, and begins Lafayette Louisiana’s South Central III division.

2005

2005_48_Schu-Katrina

Schumacher Group establishes a command center in Lafayette, LA to provide relief for patients and hospitals in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, coordinating with State and Federal government, FEMA, volunteer doctors, hospitals, helicopter agencies and the Civil Air Patrol. 

2005_49_SG-docs-Katrina

The company trucks in doctors, water and emergency supplies, and ferries out patients. “What we learned in that process is the incredible value of a healthy private sector to flank government,” says Dr. Pilgrim. “We helped re-establish the critical role of emergency medicine in responding to large-scale disasters.”

2005_50_BusPersonYear

Dr. Schumacher receives the “Business Person of the Year” honor from The Times of Acadiana.

2005_51_Menefee

Douglas Menefee, a pioneer in the Internet economy, joins the company as CIO. His mission is to launch a multi-million dollar technology initiative to upgrade or replace every enterprise system within Schumacher Group to better serve patients, providers and partner hospitals.

2005_52_revenue-growth

SG deliberately slows  growth in order to assess all systems and implements changes that increase efficiency. While the company stays the same size, revenue and profitability grow. It is a landmark year in the maturing of the company. 

2005_53_map

The company adds partner hospitals in three new states - Hawaii, South Carolina and Indiana - ending the year with 99 partner hospitals.

2006

2006_54_Innov-of-year

Dr. Schumacher receives the “Innovator of the Year Award” in the 2006 Governor’s Technology Awards.

2006_55_female-nurse-red

Schumacher Group launches a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution to improve how the company collaborates with its physicians. This continues to aid physicians in providing the highest quality of patient care.

2006_56_map

Now with 125 partner hospitals, Schumacher Group expands by beginning Dallas’ South West II Region.

2007

2007_57_electronicbilling

SG launches an electronic billing solution for physicians and an upgraded billing solution for patients, streamlining the billing process and improving the billing experience.

2007_58_PTTR

Schumacher Group once again wins 1st place in “Paint the Town Red,” a community event that supports the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It is just one of the many volunteer activities that employees have taken part in since the founding of the company.

2007_59_map

SG ends the year with 502 employees and 139 partner hospitals.

2008

2008_60_heroes-er-med

Dr. Schumacher is recognized by ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians) during their 40-year anniversary as one of the “Heroes of Emergency Medicine.”

2008_61_paperless-coding

The company goes paperless for medical coding, increasing the accuracy of claims and improving the patient experience.

2008_62_360-stetho

Schumacher Group launches a business intelligence center of excellence, enabling the company to have a 360-degree view of patient providers and partner hospitals that improves data quality and reduces errors.

2008_63_Guiding-Principles

With the company rapidly growing and a lot of new hires, Schumacher Group takes the year to make sure that every employee gets the tri-fold of the company’s Guiding Principles. “We want every single person to understand how every single thing they do impacts the patient,” says Dr. Pilgrim.

2008_64_map

SG ends the year with 149 partner hospitals and begins the Great Lakes Region.

2009

2009_65_15-yr

Schumacher Group celebrates its 15th Anniversary.

2009_66_nurse

SG significantly expands its use of Midlevel Providers, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, to align the company with a workforce that will be crucial in delivering quality patient care in the future. Patient satisfaction rates continue to remain above average and are, at times, even higher than in the past.

2009_67_ProvPort

The company launches the Provider Portal, enhancing communications and collaborations with physicians, once again improving the quality of patient care.

2009_68_hands-with-steth

Schumacher Group undergoes significant organizational restructuring. Company names East, West, and Hospital Medicine division Presidents and COOs and forms Enterprise Risk Management, Revenue Management, and Medical Informatics departments.

2009_69_Entre-of-Year

Dr. Schumacher named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Acadiana Business.

2009_70_Marie-Bourque

Marie Bourque is promoted to CFO. She says, “The reality over the last 16 years is that I have never stopped learning. If you dive in and you are engaged and you work hard, you are going to learn a lot and you are going to be able to contribute in a way that you wouldn’t be able to at other companies.”

2009_71_Pilgrim

Dr. Pilgrim is elected to fourth consecutive term as the Chair of Emergency Department Physician Management Association, which now represents over half the emergency care delivered in America.

2009_72_Olivier

Dr. Olivier named President Elect of Louisiana chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians.

2009_73_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with 867 employees and 150 partner hospitals.

2010

2010_74_Schu-awards

Schumacher Group receives many honors including being ranked #2 in “Top 50 Privately Held Companies” by Acadiana Business, “Top 100 Companies By Gross Dollars of Growth” on the Inc. 5000, and “50 Companies We Can’t Do Without” by 10/12 Corridor Magazine.

2010_75_CM-coding

SG establishes the Care Management division to ensure the proper coding and documentation of patient charts, essential in providing a high quality of continuum of care for patients and reimbursements for partner hospitals. 

2010_76_hands

With the ability to easily audit the more accurate chart information, the Care Management division is key in the company’s long-term strategy to better assess and treat the health needs of entire communities.

2010_77_EPF

Schumacher Group launches an Electronic Provider Feedback (EPF) solution on the Provider Portal to give physicians and caregivers feedback on the quality of their documentation and additional self-education tools to improve the quality of patient care.

2010_78_MLA

SG partners with the StuderGroup for strategic planning and leadership training and also establishes the Medical Leadership Academy. Dr. Newquist says, “Good leadership will leave a legacy for Schumacher Group in health care.”

2010_79_Pilgrim

Dr. Randy Pilgrim is promoted to Co-CEO.

2010_80_Guidry

Jim Guidry is promoted to President.

2010_81_Schu-with-coat

Dr. Schumacher retires from working clinical shifts.

2010_82_map

Schumacher Group ends the year with 867 employees and 181 partner hospitals.

2011

2011_83_ernst-and-young

Dr. Schumacher receives the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Gulf Coast Area Award” in the health care category.

2011_84_Gulf-coast

Dr. Schumacher is selected as a National Finalist for Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year,” 25th Anniversary.

2011_85_Inc-500

Schumacher Group is four-time winner of the “Fastest Growing Private Companies in America” by Inc. 500|5000

2011_86_Rowan

SG opens its first Urgent Care facility in Rowan, North Carolina at the request of one of its partner hospitals that wants to implement the company’s approach to providing high quality patient care to their Urgent Care facility.

2011_87_WW

The company acquires WellnessWorks, including their Physical Medicine division, a health care business that helps employers educate their employees about their health plan, making them aware of Wellness programs and preventative medicine services.

2011_88_PS-and-PFMS

Schumacher Group establishes Patient Solutions, bringing collections in-house so that the company’s vision for treating the patient with the dignity and professionalism that they receive at the bedside carries all the way through the system. 

2011_89_Wellness-apple

The company institutes a CRM solution for Patient Solutions and WellnessWorks, improving how the company interacts with the patients.

2011_90_med-bill

SG launches medical billing online payments for patients, providing them with a quick and easy option for fulfilling their financial obligations.

2012_92_Jindal

Gov.  Bobby Jindal comes to Schumacher Group to announce that the company will add 600 jobs over the next two years, which will be funded in part by the state of the Louisiana Economic Development, launching SG onto another plateau.

2011_91_map

Schumacher Group expands to 1,475 employees with 242 partner hospitals.

2012

2012_93_Jindal-teaser

The deal between Schumacher Group and Louisiana Economic Development tops “Big Deals” in Acadiana Business as #1. With the average salary for the 600 new direct jobs at $62,500 plus benefits and the creation of 784 additional indirect jobs, the publication notes that it “easily ranks as the most significant deal of the year.”

2012_95_patient

Schumacher Group is now treating 4 million patients a year. The company’s patient satisfaction rates continue to score significantly above national averages. 

2012_96_logo

SG undergoes a year of rebranding and adopts a new brand anchor for its continuum of care approach to healthcare. While the mission statement of 1994 remains unchanged, the company establishes a vision statement – “Curing healthcare for each and every patient” – as part of the new brand renaissance.

2012_97_map

Schumacher Group has organically grown to 1,850 employees, including Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants. In addition to the 3,000 contracted Emergency Medicine and Hospital Medicine physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, Schumacher Group now has 299 partner hospitals throughout six service lines in 27 states. 

2013

2013_98_keller

Gary Keller, former CEO and President of Opelousas General Health System, returns to the company to serve as Executive President allowing Dr. Pilgrim to focus his efforts as Enterprise Chief Medical Officer and Jim Guidry to focus as President & Chief Operating Officer of EM and HM Services. 

2013_99_cantrell

Keith Cantrell of Dallas is appointed as SG’s first-ever Chief Revenue Officer to oversee Corporate revenue operations. 

2013_99_DrSchu_Twitter

Dr. Schumacher joins the “Twittersphere” to communicate via social media through his handle, @KipSchumacher. SG also debuts a new blog for industry updates and educational articles.

2013_100_INC5000_4009

Schumacher Group is chosen for the 2013 Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America, earning a ranking of #4009 with a 3-year growth of 67 percent. The company also ranks #2 on the list of "Top 50 Privately Held Companies based out of Acadiana" by Acadiana Business.

2013_101_map

SG ends the year with 299 partnering contracts in 28 states across the United States.

2014

2014_102_Rich and Kip

Rich D’Amaro joins SG as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Schumacher remains as Executive Chairman.

2014_103_New leaders

SG welcomes new Executive Leadership including: Lee White, COO; Tom Dolan, CFO; Chris Cotteleer, CIO; Steven Ditto, CBDO; and Scott Weir, Leader of Office of Strategic Initiatives.

2014_104_ABiz_1

SG chosen by Acadiana Business as #1 on their annual list of Top 50 Privately Held Companies in the Lafayette area. 

2014_104_20Year

Schumacher Group celebrates its 20th anniversary!

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SG ends the year with contracts in 20 states. 

2015

2015_107_GE Gold

SG’s Revenue Cycle Services (RCS) team captures the General Electric 2015 Gold Productivity Award for success in using Centricity solutions to help improve productivity in revenue cycle management.

2015_108_SubsidiumHC

Schumacher Group partners with health care organizations of all sizes to provide value-added consulting services, from market strategy through operations and technology implementation through its wholly-owned consulting practice, Subsidium Healthcare.

2015_109_ABiz

SG chosen by Acadiana Business as #1 on their annual list of Top 50 Private Companies in the Lafayette area for the second consecutive year. 

2015_111_telehealth

SG launches significant advancements in Teleheath through its state-of-the-art Telehospitalist Program, the first telemedicine initiative executed by the company.

2015_112_Schillingers_HPP

What originated in 1988 as ECS Holdings, led by Dr. David Schillinger as CEO/Chairman, expanded with the addition of Dr. Schillinger’s brother, Jeffrey, who joined in 1993 as President. In 2002, the Schillinger brothers co-founded EDCare Management, which ultimately became Hospital Physician Partners (HPP).  At the time of its 2015 merger with Schumacher Group, HPP boasted more than 2,000 providers in 22 states.

2015_110_SG_HPP

Schumacher Group and Hospital Physician Partners unite. Combined company significantly expands U.S. market share.

2015_113_map

The unified company closes the year with 367 contracts throughout 300 hospitals across 28 states, partnering with more than 5,000 providers and nearly 1,700 employees to help treat more than 6 million patients annually. 

2016

2016_114_SCP logo

A new era emerged with the launch of a revitalized company brand – Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP)

2016_115_ECI _Transitional_Logo

SCP and ECI Healthcare join forces. Combined company serves over 8 million patients throughout 450 facilities in 31 states with over 7200 providers.

Founded in 1972 by Dr. James M. Johnson and Dr. Robert M. Williams, ECI Healthcare (ECI) was an integral part of the evolution of emergency care. Drs. Johnson and Williams, two of the original emergency physicians in the country, efficiently managed care for millions of patients, prospering into a network of professional services reaching well beyond the ED.

Since 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Derik King, ECI has contributed a responsive, visionary approach to the future of healthcare.