DaVita Medical Group, a division of DaVita Inc., has announced the acquisition of Northwest Physicians Network, an independent physician association network based in Tacoma.

Northwest Physicians Network is comprised of more than 1,000 primary care and specialty care physicians. Since its incorporation in 1995, Northwest Physicians Network has built a full-service managed care infrastructure and secured risk-bearing contracts with various health plans.

“Welcoming Northwest Physicians Network to DaVita Medical Group is a key step in growing our footprint in the region and expanding our IPA network from South Seattle down into Northern Oregon,” said Joe Mello, chief operating officer for DaVita Medical Group. “This means our patients in the region should have a larger network of high-quality, independent physicians to choose from. We're very excited by this partnership and to be working with Northwest Physicians Network as we build the leading independent medical group in America.”

“As Northwest Physicians Network sought to grow, we knew we needed to find a partner with access to resources, expertise, and, most importantly, an alignment with our fundamental values,” said Scott Kronlund, M.D., president and chief medical officer for Northwest Physicians Network. “With their commitment to physician independence, physician leadership and focus on clinical excellence, DaVita Medical Group was the natural choice for Northwest Physicians Network.”

The acquisition also opens up the opportunity for greater partnership with The Everett Clinic, a part of DaVita Medical Group, potentially expanding choices for both patients and providers.