The Huntington Internal Medicine Group in Huntington, West Virginia began as a four-physician partnership in 1969. Today, HIMG is a prosperous medical group, providing world-class medical services, as the premier medical group in the State of West Virginia and surrounding states. HIMG recently opened a 150,000 square foot medical facility that is one of the most unique, creative health care facilities in the United States today!
1970 was a tragic year in Huntington, West Virginia. The Marshall University plane crash, recently chronicled by the Warner Brothers movie "We Are Marshall" starring Matthew McConaughey, took the lives of many, including prominent Huntington physicians. Because of that loss, four additional physicians joined the original partnership and HIMG became an eight-physician partnership.
Following the formation of the new group after the plane crash, the partnership's name was changed to Huntington Internal Medical Group to signify the group's concept of sub-specialization within an internal medicine group. This new concept meant that, in addition to each physician being a specialist in internal medicine, the doctor had additional sub-specialty training in the fields of cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology or pulmonary disease. A new primary, specialty and sub-specialty health care delivery system was born in West Virginia.
Recognizing the need to formalize the structure of HIMG, a professional corporation was formed in January 1978, and a business management approach to controlling practice resources was adopted. The practice continued to experience outstanding growth.
This exponential growth, combined with a strong vision for the delivery of health care in the future, led many within HIMG to look for additional ways to enhance the ability for the organization to deliver health care. Because of that vision, the HIMG Regional Medical Center, housed in a former Wal-Mart building, opened in January 2006. The HIMG Regional Medical Center is a true "medical mall", a hospital without beds. HIMG is a high-tech, high service medical group housed in a world-class facility. HIMG had two major office locations along with several primary care branch offices scattered throughout their market area for several years. Their new concept, of physical consolidation of quality health care, was contrary to what most medical groups have undertaken with the development of strategically located branch office locations. HIMG decided to bring the services to the patient instead of trotting the patients between primary care and specialty office locations.
The HIMG Regional Medical Center was designed with the patient in mind. In addition to the HIMG providers, other premier healthcare providers lease office space from HIMG – pharmacy, durable medical equipment, Fresenius, Hanger prosthetics, obstetrics & gynecology and pediatrics. The new facility has no elevators, stairwells or parking garages – all services are located on one level with plenty of parking just like a large, retail shopping mall.
The 'medical mall' even has a community education center, which features continuing education classes and provides free health care screenings to the community. HIMG has had everything from ballroom dancing classes to the Rotary to the Red Hat Ladies to blood drives, cholesterol screenings, to blood pressure clinics in their community room. The medical mall also sports a gourmet coffee and sandwich shop.
HIMG houses its own diagnostic laboratory, imaging center, endoscopy surgery center, chemotherapy center, heart & vascular center, and hearing center.
The next phase of growth includes adding 15-20 more physicians over the next five years from a vast array of specialties within primary care, specialty care, and inpatient medicine.
The physicians of the Huntington Internal Medicine Group have spent a great deal of time over the last forty years promoting the 'group practice concept' within their multispecialty group. Growing a strong multispecialty group is a process full of challenges and new opportunities. But for HIMG, one of the most significant challenges related not to finances, governance or income but to 'act as a true medical group.' HIMG has worked diligently to create a 'horizontal group practice' and an environment of cooperation in which every member of the group holds the vision, mission and values of the group above self-interest. HIMG has always placed the patient first, the group practice second and the individual third.