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A group of physicians got together and bought out the management company in March of 2000.
Thompson and Wilson would disagree from time to time to the point that Wilson wanted to have Thompson removed from the practice. However, White had to go along with it.
"We don't focus on the financial side here," Gieseman said. "What we want to do is be able to achieve a certain economy of scale so Converse All Star High Tops Sale that we can remain independent."
a 1984 interview with the then Playground Daily News. After that, I'd start making my house calls, which often ran well into the night. In the old days, people were born at home and they wanted to die at home. They did their best to avoid clinics and hospitals."
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Wilson retired in September 1990 and passed away in April 1995.
However, to meet increased demand from more patients, White brought in Dr. Joseph Wilson, an old friend from his medical school days, to be his partner in 1952. They formed White Wilson Clinic.
"Our commitment at White Wilson is to be the community's choice," Gieseman said. "We've made a commitment over the years to bring in quality physicians, and we will continue to do that. That's why we make the investment in the equipment and the investment in the facilities. Our challenge is to grow appropriately enough to meet the needs of our patients."
In 1989, a group of physicians got together and purchased White Wilson Medical Center.
"We had to go through some significant tough times to terminate our affiliation, but we got it done once PhyCor understood that there was no other option," Rigby wrote in an email.
Their clinic continued to grow throughout the decade. In February 1957, the first physician not named White or Wilson joined the staff when Dr. William Thompson was hired.
a pediatrician and president of the board for the medical center. "It should have been the White Wilson Thompson Clinic, but that's another story."
Wilson voted to remove Thompson while White voted to keep him in. A third party was brought in to break the tie and voted to keep Thompson at White Wilson.
PhyCor Inc., a Nashville based management company that also operated a clinic in Pensacola, was brought in to help manage White Wilson in 1997.
Doctors are hired through an associate contract. After their contract expires, they can become shareholders of the medical center.
"The practice of medicine hasn't changed. The business of medicine has changed dramatically" added Dr. Karl Metz, a gynecologist medical director at White Wilson. "Doctors are traditionally not good business people because they've spent their lives learning to practice medicine. Medicine is as much an art as it is a science, and one of the redeeming things working with an organization like this is that we have great physicians who know their art and know how to practice their medicine. We have great leaders who run our business."
From home practice to the 'community's choice'
small clinic included hospital beds, an X ray machine, a lab and a surgical area.
"If you go to Central Florida, for example, there are several multispecialty practices that have more than 100 physicians in each, but the population is so big that they don't have the same influence that we do," Gieseman added.
FORT WALTON BEACH In 1946, Dr. Henry White opened the city's first doctor's office on the first floor of his two story home on Brooks Street.
"To me, (Thompson) was as important as White or Wilson," said Dr. Doug Rigby, Converse All Star Leather Ox Low Tan/Brown
He said White Wilson continues to grow, and he expects the medical center to have another 60 years ahead of it.
Since then, White Wilson has been privately held by the physicians themselves. About 80 percent of the more than 50 physicians at White Wilson are shareholders, and Gieseman said the intent is for all of them to become shareholders.
"We are the largest independent multispecialty practice between Pensacola and Jacksonville," said Alan Gieseman, chief operating officer of White Wilson Medical Center. "That is particularly significant because the population isn't very high, so you have a significant penetration rate.
A new, nearly 45,000 square foot facility on Mar Walt Drive was built to meet the growing needs pf Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, which opened in 1977.
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In February 1986, White decided to take a one year leave of absence from the medical center. He passed away two months later.
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Additional doctors and specialists were brought in and the practice continued to expand. The clinic moved to a larger building on Hospital Road in 1960, but even outgrew that fairly quickly.
For many people, that would be the definition of the American Dream.
"They were very different types of people," said Thompson, who is 91 and retired. "Dr. Wilson's complaint of Dr. White was that he went in eccentric and concentric types of circles and finally came up with the right diagnosis but had no idea how he did it. Dr. White's complaint of Dr. Wilson was that he would jump to a conclusion, but darn he wasn't right 90 percent of the time without going through the gyrations."
Doctors were disappointed with how PhyCor was running the company to the point that some of them left. Many of the senior physicians at PhyCor's Pensacola clinic eventually left the firm, and there was concern that White Wilson might have to close or cut back its operations.
Since those early days when White performed surgery, delivered babies and acted as a primary care physician, the medical practice that bares his name has grown into a medical landmark in the community and one of the largest employers in Okaloosa County, whose network of more than 50 physicians see more than 250,000 patient visits a year.
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