Dr. Alexander Stemer said he will remain president of what will now be called Franciscan Medical Specialists. The group’s employees will remain, and they will maintain all of their benefits, Stemer said. Aside from the new name, patients will not notice much change. The offices will maintain the same services. “There will be no apparent difference from the standpoint of the patient,” Stemer said. Gene Diamond, CEO of Franciscan Alliances Northern Indiana Region, said the physicians group is a good match for Franciscan. We’ve been chatting with these folks for years, he said. The reason we have persisted is because Alex (Stemer) himself and, obviously, the group he has led have established a pretty obvious excellent reputation for high quality. Given Alex’s abilities and his vision, it was pretty clear to us that this would be a good match. Stemer said Franciscan Medical Specialists will serve as a specialty arm in the northern region, recruiting and placing university-qualified physicians where they are most in need. The land beneath our feet in health care is shifting, he said. We’ll be looking for physicians looking to join larger organizations. Aside from his role as president, Stemer will work in strategic planning in the northern region. Diamond said Stemer already is beginning to work with Franciscan on its accountable care organization in the northern region. Medical Specialists was established in 1978 and has 12 locations in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties. Its team consists of 55 physicians and surgeons, 11 nurse practitioners and two physician assistants. Franciscan Medical Specialist locations include Munster, Dyer, Hammond, Hobart, LaPorte, Merrillville, Michigan City, Schererville and Valparaiso.