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To our valued clients and partners:

We are extremely pleased to announce, on Jan 1, 2023, the merger of two premier providers of Emergency Medicine Staffing Services ACUTE CARE, INC., and ERx GROUP. With this merger, we can leverage our respective strengths and shared best practices to support and reinforce the healthcare safety net represented by our partner facilities’ Emergency Departments under our new name: STATUS Health Partners. [pronounced STAT-US]. Both companies are physician-owned and lead in providing critical services to rural and community hospitals across the nation. The new organization represents a welcome resource that promises cost-effective, compassionate healthcare for their communities. We take pride in the fact that the patient is the central focus of everything we do and the ultimate beneficiary of the resources and services that we provide.

About ACUTE CARE, INC., and ERx

ACUTE CARE, INC., was formed in 1989 by Dr. Mark Menadue, a Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, who has been its sole owner and CEO/President since its inception. ACUTE CARE, INC. provides emergency physicians, urgent care, hospitalist, and locum tenens services to hospitals in eight Midwestern states.

ERx is the successor to EMSTAT, founded in 1985 by Dr. Robert Devrnja, a Life Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners, who has been the sole owner and CEO since its inception. ERx provides emergency physicians, urgent care, hospitalist, and locum tenens services to hospitals in six states, with a significant presence in Georgia and Washington.

Together, Drs Devrnja and Menadue have over 70 years of healthcare experience.

What does this mean for our clients? You will see very little change relative to your physician staffing, management, and client services teams. It’s primarily just a name change. But you really will see significant benefits in the following areas:

• Increased utilization of resources

• Increased expertise (breadth and depth of staff knowledge)

• Overall, more bandwidth to provide a better customer experience

• Onsite / Regional Medical Director support

• Co-Physician CEOs

Contact Information

The existing staff of both companies will be joining one company, STATUS Health Partners, which will continue to provide the excellent level of service and support for our partners that you have come to expect. Our entire team is very excited about the synergy impact and the ability to bring even more knowledge and resources to all our clients! We encourage you to visit: to learn more about our new adventure. All of us at ACUTE CARE, INC., and ERX Group as STATUS Healthcare Partners want to personally say a big Thank You for your continued business, and we look forward to our continuing relationship. Our goal has always been to provide best practices in recruiting, credentialing, and scheduling our providers for the success of your community and patients. Please feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions you may have about these exciting changes.


Mark C. Menadue, DO, JD, FACEP, FCLM                          Robert Devrnja, MD President, CEO                                                                           Founder & CEO

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Sam Patterson AVP