Banner acquires Big Thompson Medical Group

LOVELAND – Phoenix-based Banner Health, operator of Greeley’s North Colorado Medical Center and McKee Medical Center in Loveland, has acquired Loveland’s largest independent specialty medical practice group.

Big Thompson Medical Group will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Banner, operated and managed by the practice’s doctors, Banner spokesman Bill Byron said.

Big Thompson Medical group serves patients at clinics throughout Larimer and Weld counties with 40 doctors in specialties that include pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, obstetrics, internal medicine, family practice, gastrointestinal and allergy medicine. Skyline Center for Health, a new medical center that opened in Loveland last year, is the practice’s main location, with eight other clinics staffed by doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in Loveland, Fort Collins and Milliken.

“This partnership gives us a greater ability to recruit physicians and stay ahead of information technology advances required in the current medical environment,” Dr. Edward Norman, Big Thompson Medical Group’s medical director said in a prepared statement. “It allows us to continue our commitment of providing high-quality medicine to current and future patients, and our clinic to grow as Loveland grows.”

Nonprofit Banner Health operates 20 hospitals in seven states. In addition to the hospitals in Greeley and Loveland, it operates East Morgan County Hospital in Brush and Sterling Regional Medical Center.