Westcove Advises Digestive Disorders Associates in its Partnership with Gastro Health

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 1, 2022 – Westcove Partners, LLC (“Westcove”), an emerging and highly specialized investment bank, announced that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Digestive Disorders Associates (“DDA”), based in Annapolis, Maryland, in its partnership with Gastro Health, a national leading medical group specializing in digestive health. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Westcove’s deal team included Justin Hand, Managing Director; Abe M’Bodj, Vice President; and Scott Schulkin, Associate. DDA’s legal representation was Semo Law Group and Gohn, Hankey & Berlage, LLP, while Gastro Health was represented by Waller.

DDA’s six physicians and three advanced practice providers (APPs) are joining Gastro Health along with DDA’s three office locations in Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills. The physicians perform procedures at Maryland Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endo Center, which is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
DDA has extensive experience in treating a variety of gastrointestinal and digestive disorders with a personalized approach for each patient and offers a Same Day Clinic option for those experiencing urgent GI symptoms. The practice also manages anesthesia, pathology, and infusion treatment services. The physicians and team work to provide the Annapolis area and the surrounding communities with pioneering medical treatment options through ongoing clinical trials as part of their research division.
“We are excited to partner with Digestive Disorders Associates and expand our network in Maryland,” said Gastro Health CEO Joseph Garcia. “The physicians and team are well-known and respected in the market and their approach to patient care fits well within our mission.”
Dr. Mike Epstein, founder of Digestive Disorders Associates, stated, “We are grateful for Westcove’s thoughtful guidance throughout this process. The Westcove team helped us navigate through the intricacies of the transaction. The team’s willingness to educate our physicians on how these deals are structured, advocate for our interests, and shepherd the transaction to a close, was invaluable.”
Abe M’Bodj of Westcove comments, “We are ecstatic that Dr. Epstein and his partners were able to partner with a first-class organization like Gastro Health. DDA’s geographic footprint and commitment to providing exceptional gastroenterological care to patients aligns perfectly with Gastro Health’s mission and vision. We wish DDA and Gastro Health success in their new partnership.”
About Digestive Disorders Associates

Digestive Disorders Associates (“DDA”) is a gastroenterology group with three locations based in Maryland: Annapolis, Chester, and Gambrills. DDA provides exceptional treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal and digestive disorders and combines a personalized approach for each patient. For more information, visit https://www.dda.net/.

About Gastro Health

Gastro Health is one of the leading gastroenterology groups in the United States with more than 145 locations and 370 physicians across seven states – Florida, Alabama, Washington, Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Gastro Health’s facilities consist of medical office practices, infusion centers, imaging services, and a specialty pharmacy. Gastro Health strives to provide outstanding medical care and an exceptional healthcare experience. The Gastro Health care teams utilize technology, clinical expertise, and compassionate care to provide a personalized approach to digestive health and overall wellness. For more information, visit https://gastrohealth.com/.

About Westcove Partners

Westcove Partners is a leading healthcare-focused investment bank that specializes in advising its clients through mergers & acquisitions, debt and equity financing, as well as other complex corporate finance transactions. The team focuses on founder operated businesses and seeks to curate its advisory services according to the intricacies that come with these types of businesses.

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