Growing medical center company acquires two Lakeland medical groups – Tampa Bay Business Journal

Palm Medical Centers, a portfolio company of private equity firm MBF Healthcare Partners, has acquired Lakeland-based Jay Care Medical Center Inc., a primary care physician medical practice, and Parkview Medical Group, an affiliated hospital group.

“Jay Care will serve as the foundation for our growth strategy in Central Florida as we continue to partner with other providers and leverage our experience in the managed care space," Juan M. Ortiz, CEO of Palm Medical Centers, said in a statement.

The combination will include 14 medical centers and serve more than 28,000 Medicare and Medicaid patients in the state, Ortiz said.

Dr. Japinder Singh, founder and CEO of Jay Care, said, in a statement: “We are pleased to be joining Palm Medical Centers and we believe that our mutual focus on patient engagement and healthy outcomes will continue to drive our success moving forward.”

Tampa-based Hyde Park Capital served as the exclusive investment banker to Jay Care in the transaction. “The team of professionals at MBF Healthcare and Palm Medical Centers represent an excellent fit with Jay Care’s culture and Dr. Singh’s vision in building a leading primary care practice throughout Central and West Florida," said Keith Hodgdon, managing director with Hyde Park Capital.

Jay Care Medical Center is a primary care physician practice providing internal medicine, family medicine, and related services at seven clinics throughout Florida’s Polk and Hillsborough counties.

MBF Healthcare is based in Coral Gables and invests in growth-oriented health care companies.

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Ex-boyfriend climbed into her apartment — and was greeted with gunfire, Florida cops say

The burglary didn’t come as a total surprise, the Florida woman said — and neither did the alleged perpetrator.

A 32-year-old Lakeland, Florida, woman was at her apartment around 5 a.m. Monday when her ex-boyfriend broke through her window and clambered into her home, she told police.

Afraid for her own safety, the woman grabbed her handgun and began firing at the ex-boyfriend, according to the Lakeland Police Department. The ex-boyfriend has been identified as 26-year-old Ronald Williams.

The woman fired several shots and hit Williams in the buttocks and legs, police said.

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Police arrived at the scene at 5:18 a.m. on reports of a disturbance. But just as the responding officer was trying to figure out the exact address of the disturbance, the officer heard two gunshots, police said. Moments later, at 5:22 a.m., the officer spotted Williams running out of the apartment and into the street. He appeared to have a bullet wound to his knee, police said.

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Williams told the officer he had been shot. He was then taken “to a position of cover” so he could get medical care as other officers handled the crime scene, police said.

Williams had previously made threats against his ex-girlfriend, she told police. The ex-girlfriend was worried enough about the situation that she had been asking a rotating group of friends to stay at her apartment, police said.

Police had originally been called to the scene by a neighbor after the woman’s friend (who had witnessed the alleged burglary) knocked on the neighbor’s door and told the neighbor to call 911, police said.

Williams, a Lakeland resident, faces charges of burglary and dating violence battery, according to police.

But right now, Williams is still at a hospital being treated for his injuries, police said. The injuries are not considered life-threatening.

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