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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,ARCHITECTURE CRITIC | November 1, 1996
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But if the beholder has trouble seeing, can there still be beauty?The answer is an emphatic yes, as shown by a remarkable combination of art and medical architecture at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.A new patient treatment area on the third floor of the historic Wilmer Building on the East Baltimore medical campus is literally a sight for sore eyes.Called the Wilmer Eye Care Pavilion, it will be dedicated today as the latest addition to the Wilmer institute, home of the No. 1 ophthalmology program in the country as ranked in a nationwide poll of eye doctors.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Home-grown Katzen Eye Group has been acquired by a large private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles in a deal the eye care company hopes will help it to expand into a regional — and eventually national — brand. Varsity Healthcare Partners announced Monday it had acquired Katzen, founded as a one-doctor operation in 1968, and will form a new eye doctor group called EyeCare Services Partners Holdings LLC. EyeCare Services Partners will serve as the umbrella organization and Katzen will retain its name locally.
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July 9, 2012
The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine has acquired Parris Castoro Eye Care Center, an outpatient eye and laser surgical center that has served the Bel Air and Havre de Grace communities for more than 35 years. "As an internationally-renowned eye institution that specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease; and serves as a preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic and eye trauma service, we care for many critical patients from Baltimore city and surrounding areas," Dr. Peter J. McDonnell, director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, said in a press release.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2013
Wear eye makeup to bed or don't wash your face well and you may wind up with pimple-like styes on your eyelids. The bumps don't typically lead to vision loss, but can cause scarring if not treated. Dr. Karen Dunlap, assistant professor of ophthalmology at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, said that it is easy to prevent eye styes. What is a stye and what are the symptoms? A stye, also known as an external hordeolum, is a localized infection in one of the oil glands at the edge of the eyelid.
BUSINESS
September 18, 1998
For the second time in four months, Spectera Inc., a health services company with headquarters in Woodlawn, is acquiring a vision-care plan.This time, Spectera is buying EyeCare Service Plan, which provides vision benefits for 120,000 people, primarily in Southern California. Terms were not disclosed.Chief Executive Officer David T. Hall said the acquisition is continuing the strategy of growing from a regional company to a larger national one. "Our goal is to double our size by the year 2000," Hall said.
NEWS
By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,Staff Writer | August 6, 1993
When Michael Henningsen travels around the world providing eye care to the poor, he gives his patients more than a pair of glasses. He also brings them Christianity.Mr. Henningsen is president of Vision Care International Ministries Inc., a nonprofit missionary organization based in Savage that, along with other Christian groups, collects old eyeglasses, sorts them according to their strength and distributes them to the poor.The Elkridge resident is an ophthalmic technologist and a minister in the Assemblies of God church.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | April 22, 1997
Pioneer Eye Care, a 2-year-old enterprise that has assembled a network of eye doctors and negotiated managed care contracts, announced yesterday a move into a new phase, saying it had lined up $16 million in financing and had acquired five practices including 21 eye doctors.Eventually, Pioneer looks to move beyond the mid-Atlantic region to become a national player, both through practice acquisition and contractual networks, that will be "incredibly attractive to managed care organizations," said Dr. Bert M. Glaser, the well-known retinal surgeon who is Pioneer's founder and chairman.
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By Ernest F. Imhoff and Ernest F. Imhoff,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1998
Dr. Michelle Gelkin, a Baltimore ophthalmologist, has helped improve the vision of more than 1,500 area homeless people free. Her follow-ups take place unexpectedly.She thought she recognized a man sitting on a curb downtown, deep into a newspaper. Sure enough, he was a homeless man she had examined and given eyeglasses. "Dr. Gelkin, this is great. I can read a paper now. Thanks."Gelkin said she diagnosed another man as so shortsighted he was legally blind. He gained self-sufficiency along with his eyesight.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Home-grown Katzen Eye Group has been acquired by a large private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles in a deal the eye care company hopes will help it to expand into a regional — and eventually national — brand. Varsity Healthcare Partners announced Monday it had acquired Katzen, founded as a one-doctor operation in 1968, and will form a new eye doctor group called EyeCare Services Partners Holdings LLC. EyeCare Services Partners will serve as the umbrella organization and Katzen will retain its name locally.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1998
Pioneer EyeCare has a new focus.After completing a shift of top management earlier this week, Pioneer now plans to get out of one of its business lines and expand the other.The Pikesville-based company hopes to sell the eye-doctor practices it bought over the past few years and will concentrate on getting and managing managed-care contracts, Leon Kaplan, the company's new chairman, said yesterday.Kaplan was president and chief executive officer until he moved into the chairmanship, replacing Dr. Bert Glaser, Pioneer's founder and chairman, who left in the spring in an acrimonious split.
EXPLORE
August 27, 2012
The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine commemorated the grand opening of its Bel Air and Havre de Grace locations (both formerly Parris-Castoro Eye Care Centers) during a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony. These two sites represent the ninth and 10th satellite offices in the state for the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dignitaries throughout the county and representatives from Johns Hopkins Medicine attended the event. Among them was Ronald R. Peterson, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Dr. Peter J. McDonnell, William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
EXPLORE
July 9, 2012
The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine has acquired Parris Castoro Eye Care Center, an outpatient eye and laser surgical center that has served the Bel Air and Havre de Grace communities for more than 35 years. "As an internationally-renowned eye institution that specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease; and serves as a preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic and eye trauma service, we care for many critical patients from Baltimore city and surrounding areas," Dr. Peter J. McDonnell, director and William Holland Wilmer Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, said in a press release.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
Marylanders are extremely fortunate to have some of the nation's finest health care resources readily available within our borders. As Vincent DeMarco points out in his recent commentary ("Health exchanges benefit Md. families," Feb. 16), we also lead the country in a pro-active approach to embracing the federal Affordable Care Act as health exchanges will be created in Maryland by January of 2014. Nationally, within the eye care community, a debate has arisen over the inclusion of "stand-alone" vision plans as a component of the proposed health exchanges.
NEWS
January 17, 2012
Gov.Martin O'Malley's administration is proposing to establish a number of health enterprise zones to address the glaring health disparities along racial and class lines that end lives prematurely and cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars a year in additional medical costs. This is a promising idea that deserves further exploration; the need is obvious, the disparities are well-documented and a plan to test the program's effectiveness through a series of pilot projects offers an affordable, relatively low-risk approach to the problem.
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October 24, 2011
In November, Harford County residents will have a new option for eye care as Katzen Eye Group, Maryland's largest private eye care practice, opens its first location in Bel Air. In response to what the business sees as a growing demand for comprehensive eye care services in Harford County, Katzen Eye Group will open its fourth location in Central Maryland, according to a company press release. On Nov. 7, the practice will begin seeing patients at a temporary location at 3435 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive and will open the permanent location at 3401 Box Hill Corporate Center Drive in Spring 2012.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | August 18, 2011
Dr. Ross Joseph Brechner, a mathematician turned ophthalmologist who abandoned private practice for a second career in public health, died Aug. 4 of heart disease at his Catonsville home. He was 71. "Ross was a fine ophthalmologist who changed careers late in life after being a highly trained epidemiologist. He was passionate about finding a better way to treat patients with a variety of diseases including blindness of the eyes," said Dr. Morton F. Goldberg, former director of the Wilmer Eye Institute and professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
BUSINESS
By M. William Salganik and M. William Salganik,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1997
Rapidly growing Pioneer EyeCare announced yesterday that it was hiring its first full-time president and chief executive officer, tapping Leon Kaplan, chief executive of United HealthCare of the Mid-Atlantic.Until now, Pioneer has been run by its founder, Dr. Bert Glaser, who has also maintained an active eye surgery practice. Glaser said yesterday that he will "remain very active in the company," continuing as chairman. The company was formed to seek contracts with health maintenance organizations to provide eye care for their members.
NEWS
February 21, 2012
Marylanders are extremely fortunate to have some of the nation's finest health care resources readily available within our borders. As Vincent DeMarco points out in his recent commentary ("Health exchanges benefit Md. families," Feb. 16), we also lead the country in a pro-active approach to embracing the federal Affordable Care Act as health exchanges will be created in Maryland by January of 2014. Nationally, within the eye care community, a debate has arisen over the inclusion of "stand-alone" vision plans as a component of the proposed health exchanges.
BUSINESS
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
Years after laws were enacted to ensure consumers can shop where they want for contact lenses and eyeglasses, some patients still meet resistance getting copies of their vision prescriptions. "I still get plenty of people complaining that they're having trouble getting them from their eye doctors," said Ira Mitchell. The Minnesota-based blogger offers advice about purchasing glasses online at glassyeyes.com. The Federal Trade Commission enforces the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act, passed in 2003, as well as the Contact Lens Rule and the Eyeglass Rule.
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