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HOPKINS' WILMER EYE INSTITUTE ACQUIRES OWINGS MILLS OPHTHALMOLOGY PRACTICE

January 7, 1998
Media Contact: Gary Stephenson
Phone: (410)955-5384
E-mail:gstephenson@welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

As part of an ongoing plan to broaden access to Wilmer Eye Institute experts, Johns Hopkins HealthCare has acquired the practice of Stan L. Coleman, M.D. Coleman's ophthalmology practice, located in the Valley Village Medical Center on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills, has served area patients for 25 years.

Managed by the Wilmer Eye Institute Network, the practice will continue to provide a full range of general ophthalmology services to patients of all ages and Coleman will continue to serve as the primary provider at the facility. Patients requiring specialized eye services will have direct access to the Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the top-ranked eye center in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report and Ophthalmology Times.

"This acquisition establishes a Wilmer presence in the Reisterstown Road corridor, an area experiencing rapid growth," says Jay Blackman, Wilmer administrator. "By acquiring well-established practices with satisfied patients, we can build on demonstrated quality and success rather than creating a practice from ground zero."

Blackman emphasizes that the arrangement will benefit area residents in several ways. "Patients coming to the practice now will have easier access to the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies available and to the latest clinical research programs, including those for age-related macular degeneration, genetics, and glaucoma," he said. "In addition, they can obtain specialty services such as laser vision correction, low vision care, as well as patient information and education programs."

Coleman says that Wilmer's acquisition of the practice allows him to continue to provide the best patient care while having Wilmer assume all of the administrative burdens of operating a practice in today's complex health care environment.

Coleman has been affiliated with the Wilmer Eye Institute since 1967 as an assistant professor. During the past 30 years, he has maintained his practice in the Baltimore area, working in partnerships with other ophthalmologists and in solo practice while maintaining affiliations with The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and Sinai Hospital.


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