First Choice Emergency, listed as Adeptus Health, Inc. (NYSE: ADPT), is an emergency room services provider that operates 55 ER clinics across the United States*. The company operates stand-alone centers with board certified physicians that can provide most services offered by conventional hospital ERs. Adeptus Health is backed by growth private equity firm Sterling Partners.

First Choice’s business model revolves around privately insured patients who seek increased efficiency and higher quality. Open 24/7, each location has testing facilities, nurses, and doctors on site and integrated into one platform. As a result, patient wait times are shortened to less than thirty minutes and most medical problems can be addressed quickly (only 3-4% of cases are referred to a hospital for further treatment). Although First Choice does not accept Medicare or Medicaid, the company enjoys a lower risk of bad debt than traditional hospitals. Finally, due to a decline in hospital ER capacity relative to demand, First Choice is benefitting from favorable market fundamentals.

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