Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree From the American Academy of Family Physicians

MCALLEN, TEXAS — Adriana Gomez, MD, Hospitalist Medical Director at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The degree was conferred during a convocation on Friday, October 12, in conjunction with the AAFP's annual meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Gomez has dedicated her entire professional career to become a champion of family medicine. In 2004, she graduated magna cum laude from the Luis Razetti School of Medicine at Universidad Central de Venezuela, before serving a rural Venezuelan community as its Primary Care Physician. Dr. Gomez participated in diabetes mellitus type 2, depression, pain management and elderly population research throughout her schooling. By 2010, she had completed Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch and her Geriatric Fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. Her passion and drive also led her to serve local hospice patients, where she continues to educate the community about hospice and palliative care in her various roles.

Currently, Dr. Gomez is a board-certified family practice physician and geriatrician with expertise in hospital medicine and palliative care. She has been working as a hospitalist for the past eight years, serving the Rio Grande Valley community in Texas, additionally practicing in nursing homes and post-acute care settings. In 2017, Dr. Gomez joined HNI Healthcare.

Criteria for receiving the AAFP Degree of Fellow consist of six years’ minimum membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research, and serving as a teacher of family medicine.

The AAFP was the first national medical specialty organization to require its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years. It is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.

HNI Healthcare Announces Robust Series E Funding

AUSTIN, TEXAS, JANUARY 23, 2018 - HNI Healthcare (HNI) announces closing $32.64 million Series E financing on December 22, 2017. The substantial funding was provided by New York-based Bison Capital and Austin-based Spindletop Capital.

Founded by CEO Michael Gonzales, HNI is dedicated to leveraging its proprietary technology and hospital medicine management expertise in the transformation of care delivered throughout the inpatient episode. HNI improves operational efficiencies and the economic performance of client hospitals, while measurably improving patient outcomes.

"The funding from Bison will enable us to invest heavily in the continued evolution of our proprietary technology, VitalSigns™, while we continue to expand our geographic footprint and participation in alternative payment models," said Gonzales. "We couldn't be happier to see Spindletop continue and deepen their financial sponsorship, while welcoming Bison to the partnership."

This is the sixth investment for Bison Capital from their $377 million Fund V. "Bison Capital is thrilled to partner with the team at HNI," said Bison Capital Partner Andreas Hildebrand. "Their organization has developed an outstanding reputation for helping hospitals improve both their clinical and financial performance. We believe HNI's proprietary technology solution has positioned it for continued success and rapid growth."

Founder and Managing Director of Spindletop Capital, Dr. Evan Melrose, added, "With our focus on value-based healthcare, we first invested in HNI in 2015 to help drive growth of their technology-enabled service business. We have seen the company grow significantly over the last few years, which we believe positions HNI to become a market leader, driving improved patient outcomes and lowering costs across the healthcare system."

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