Radiologist spreads wings

A WA-based radiology practice is adding another five locations to its stable, making it the biggest radiology provider in WA.

SKG Radiology will operate from twenty-two outlets in Perth after the 13 March acquisition.

SKG practice manager Linda Squire said the firm had been in operation for nineteen years.

It was once known as Sprague Kam Glancy & Partners.

The practice now has nineteen partners and, after 13 March, its staff will increase to around 350.

The practice currently provides radiology services to Glengarry, Hollywood, Mercy and Osborne Park hospitals and the St John of God hospitals in Subiaco and Murdoch.

With the acquisition it will add Kalamunda District Community Hospital to its list.

The remainder of its locations are dotted around the metropolitan area.

Ms Squire said the growth really began in 1989, around the time she joined the practice.

“I think the decision was made that to survive in radiology you had to grow,” she said.

“In those days there were a lot of opportunities. People would ring up and say ‘I’m doing this. Do you want to be a part of it?’.

“Now it is unlikely there’ll be a lot of new business coming out of the hospital side.

“In any case, it was always the intention of this practice to have community-based practices as well as hospital-based ones.”

Hospitals make up about 50 per cent of SKG’s business.

Ms Squire said size mattered to radiology practices.

“It’s easier for radiologists to accumulate within partnerships than on their own,” she said.

“Magnetic resonance imaging machines cost $2.4 million each.”

Because of the level of growth, the practice has taken on its first CEO. Former HBF general manager Ian Anderson took on the role last year.

Mr Anderson said his job was to build on SKG’s reputation as the predominant practice in WA.

SKG has also bolstered its information technology and tele-communications links.

“We can now email reports between practices. We’ve also just installed a tele-radiology system,” Ms Squire said.

The system allows images, such as those from X-rays, to be sent to other locations electronically.

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