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Sarnova to Acquire and Simultaneously Combine Digitech and R1 EMS Businesses in Partnership with Pamlico Capital and Digitech Founder & CEO Mark Schiowitz

Combination Creates Leading Emergency Medical Services Revenue Cycle Management Provider

Jul 20, 2020

Sarnova announced today that it will acquire and simultaneously combine Digitech and the R1 RCM Inc. (“R1”) EMS business (formerly ADPI/Intermedix), in partnership with Pamlico Capital and Digitech Founder and CEO Mark Schiowitz, to create a leading provider of revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. The business will continue to operate under the Digitech name and will be led by Mark Schiowitz and the combined management teams.

Sarnova is a leading national specialty distributor of healthcare products and services for the EMS and acute care markets. Sarnova’s Bound Tree Medical division has been a dedicated servant of the EMS community and committed to its mission “to help those who save and improve patients’ lives” for over 40 years. “We are committed to providing an unparalleled portfolio of products and services to our existing and new EMS customers, and this transaction is a significant demonstration of that commitment,” said Jeff Prestel, CEO of Sarnova. “We invest in companies and capabilities that specifically serve the EMS industry with the best products, services, and support,” said Mark Dougherty, Chief Business Development Officer of Sarnova. “We are excited to support Digitech’s growth through continued investment in its innovative technology platform and expansion of its dedicated team of EMS billing experts.”

Digitech, headquartered in Chappaqua, New York and led by Founder and CEO Mark Schiowitz since 1984, offers comprehensive RCM services and technology solutions focused exclusively on the EMS market. Digitech serves municipalities, hospitals, and private ambulance customers through innovative technology, time-tested processes, and true partnerships with EMS clients. “We are solely dedicated to serving the EMS industry with our billing solutions, and we are excited to serve a wider range of EMS providers with the acquisition of the R1 EMS business,” said Mark Schiowitz. “With investment from Sarnova and Pamlico, we have a unique opportunity to bring two great EMS RCM companies together to further support the success of our current and future customers by maximizing their revenue with superior technology, integration expertise, and transparent real-time reporting.”

“We look forward to partnering with Pamlico Capital, Mark Schiowitz, and the Digitech and Sarnova teams to support Digitech’s next phase of growth and advance Sarnova’s commitment to be the partner of choice for the EMS community,” said Yuriy Prilutskiy, Managing Director at Patricia Industries, a part of Investor AB and majority owner of Sarnova.

Pamlico Capital, an investor in Digitech since 2019, will retain a significant interest in the business alongside Sarnova and Mark Schiowitz. “We are incredibly excited to continue our investment in Digitech and we look forward to helping Digitech, in partnership with Sarnova, increase its presence in the EMS industry and continue to innovate its core offerings,” said Art Roselle, Pamlico Partner.

Sarnova was represented by Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc (financial advisor) and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (legal advisor). Pamlico was advised by Alston and Bird LLP (legal advisor). R1 was advised by Evercore (financial advisor) and Winston & Strawn LLP (legal advisor).

  • About Pamlico
  • About Digitech
  • About R1 RCM and R1 EMS
  • About Sarnova

About Pamlico

Pamlico Capital is a private equity firm founded in 1988 that invests in growing middle market companies in North America. Pamlico Capital seeks control-oriented growth equity investments of up to $200 million alongside founders and proven leaders in its target industries: communications, healthcare, services and software. The firm, based in Charlotte, NC, has assets under management of approximately $4 billion. For additional information, please visit www.pamlicocapital.com.