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home : community news : community news August 20, 2014

2/1/2013 9:21:00 AM
Holzer celebrates musculoskeletal services relocation, grand opening
Photos By Brad S. Sherman

Holzer Health System Chairman of the board Brent Saunders is pictured welcoming attendees to the relocation and grand opening ceremony for Musculoskeletal Services at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson.

Photos By Brad S. Sherman

Holzer Health System Chairman of the board Brent Saunders is pictured welcoming attendees to the relocation and grand opening ceremony for Musculoskeletal Services at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson.

Exercise equipment is a part of Holzer Medical Center-Jackson Therapy Services.
Exercise equipment is a part of Holzer Medical Center-Jackson Therapy Services.

BRADFORD SHERMAN
Staff Writer


Integrated therapy services and orthopedics are now together under one roof at Holzer Medical Center-Jackson.

Collectively referred to as musculoskeletal services, Holzer Health System's orthopedic and therapy departments are all now conveniently located together in one location at 500 Burlington Road in Jackson.

Holzer officials, staff, and community members gathered Tuesday, January 29, to celebrate with a relocation and grand opening and open house.

"As our two systems integrated, it made sense to us we did not need to have two physician offices and two outpatient therapy departments a mile apart in Jackson," explained J.T. Holland, Holzer Musculoskeletal Services Executive Director.

The project involved moving orthopedics offices to the Jackson Medical Center campus, as well as integrating therapy services into the singular location as well.

"We've brought together and mainstreamed our musculoskeletal services - our therapy services, our orthopedic doctors offices - here at the Jackson facility. They are all now conveniently located here on this medical campus," said Brent Saunders, Chairman of the Holzer Health System Board.

"Both moves offer us the benefits to better serve our patients," Holland added. "By consolidating services, we are better able to provide care to our patients in modern facilities. This provides the ability to have orthopedic and podiatry services in the same office suite, aiding our patients in the continuity of care they deserve."

"This effort today is just but an example of how we hope to bring together all of musculoskeletal medicine - including orthopedics, podiatry, TMR, chiropractic, spine medicine - into one unit that can truly treat all musculoskeletal needs of our patients," stated Dr. Bruce Haupt, Orthopedics Department Chair.

Haupt continued, saying the patients will be the true beneficiaries. With the orthopedics move, Jackson Medical Center-Jackson now features 12 exam rooms along with digital radiology equipment - eliminating the need to go to another area for xray needs.

According to Holzer officials, advantages of service integrations include:

• An efficient use of staff to service the current acute care, swing bed, outpatient, musculoskeletal/joint replacement center needs, and weekend needs.

• Maximizing staff availability and services.

• Providing same location services to those patients with appointment needs in several service lines including orthopedics, podiatry, wound care specialty, etc.

• Eliminate confusion as to the location needed to travel to for treatments.

• Provide a centralized network of professional in one location, blending expertise and treatment intervention for patients and communities.

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Therapy services provides treatment for chronic disease, illness or injury, neurological deficits, sprain/strain, balance and walking challenges, motor delays, repetitive trauma injuries, cognitive and visual deficits, age-related degenerative disorders, musculoskeletal problems, orthopedic needs, and speech, communication, and swallowing disorders.

Patients of all ages and mobility are seen in the orthopedic center, which features orthopedic providers Bruce Haupt, MD; Wayne Amendt, MD; Edwin Hissa, MD; John Crompton, MED; Brennen Smith, DO; Patricia DeBruin, CNP; Dorothy Lollathin, PAC; Neesha Smith, FNP; and Podiatrists Seth Kearney, DPM and Nathan Clark, DPM.

From sports or exercise-related injuries to osteoarthritic patients - the orthopedic center treats a multitude of conditions resulting from disease or injury to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves.

Additionally, the Holzer Health System Center for Joint Replacement provides pre-surgery meetings with nurse educators who help patients understand what to expect before, during, and after their orthopedic surgery. An accredited swing bed program also allows Medicare patients to remain at the facility following discharge for rehabilitation.

"Holzer is proud to continue to merge into truly one Holzer," said Saunders. "Through our continued expansion of services and integration of resources, we continue to offer the highest level of care for the communities we serve."





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