Famous orthopedic hospital in West Palm Beach slated to open in January

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New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery is nearing completion of a facility in West Palm Beach, a move that will bring top doctors to Florida patients struggling with orthopedic health issues.

The 60,000 square foot center, at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, is expected to open in late January, said Justin Oppenheimer, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at HSS.

Appointments have already been made for the establishment’s five full-time doctors and three part-time doctors. It is expected that more physicians will be added as services expand over time.

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The center will also open with a staff of 30 to 50 people initially, including radiologists, technicians and physiotherapists. HSS will even have a specialist therapist on hand.

More than 500 people gathered earlier this year in Palm Beach to hear HSS doctors talk about hips, back, shoulders, elbows, hands and knees. The surprisingly large crowd means it’s likely that the West Palm Beach HSS center will be busy from the get-go.

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For the past 10 years, HSS has been named the #1 hospital for orthopedics in the nation by US News and World Report. Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery is also the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States.

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For some time, HSS officials have been looking for ways to bring its legendary medical services to Florida’s growing, aging, and affluent community. “We want to provide care closer to where people live and work and not just in Westchester County, New York. That means Florida,” HSS President Louis Shapiro told the Palm Beach Post. Last year.

Today’s retirees are not yesterday’s retirees. Today, older patients expect to be able to continue their active lifestyles, including playing golf or tennis, giving SHS doctors the ability to keep them moving and pain-free.

Additionally, HSS seeks to attract elite athletes and professional dancers requiring musculoskeletal care. A top new recruit is Dr. Kathleen Davenport, an HSS-trained physiatrist who specializes in treating professional dancers in South Florida. “I hope we will establish relationships with dance companies,” Oppenheimer said.

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Ultimately, HSS hopes to be a one-stop center for all sports medicine needs in the Southeastern United States, including professional athletes as well as adolescent athletes, Oppenheimer said. In the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area, HSS treats more professional athletes than anywhere else in the world, he said.

In January 2018, HSS announced its expansion into Florida in partnership with Tenet Healthcare, parent company of Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Through a Tenet subsidiary, United Surgical Partnership International, it is planned to offer clinical care and other elements of orthopedic care, including diagnostic services such as imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine.

At the West Palm Beach facility, day surgery will be available. That includes hip and knee replacements for patients, if deemed appropriate for the procedure on an outpatient basis, Oppenheimer said.

Spine surgeries will not be treated at the facility, but non-surgical treatments, such as physiotherapy, will be available. Additionally, consultations with HSS physicians in New York, using shared technology from West Palm Beach imaging equipment, will be offered.

Complex orthopedic surgeries requiring hospitalization will be referred to New York.

However, orthopedic trauma care will be offered in Palm Beach County through a new affiliation with Wellington orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nicholas Sama, who completed his orthopedic trauma and reconstruction fellowship at HSS in New York. .

Oppenheimer said Sama will perform surgeries at Wellington Regional Medical Center and Good Sam.

HSS isn’t alone in establishing a large presence in Palm Beach County to score new patients.

In fact, the county is popular with hospitality businesses looking to expand. The population is assured and generous, often rewarding medical centers with financial donations that support research, clinical and educational programs.

A major out-of-area player is the Cleveland Clinic, which has offices throughout Palm Beach County, including a large medical office in the CityPlace Tower office building in West Palm Beach.

Despite the high profile presence in West Palm Beach, the Cleveland Clinic continues to expand throughout the county, with offices in Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens.

And earlier this year, Cleveland Clinic Florida purchased 35 acres of land on Lake Worth Road for $9.3 million. The Ohio-based hospital company won county approval to build a medical office building and may one day build a hospital on the site.

Currently, the closest Cleveland Clinic hospital to Palm Beach County is at the clinic’s Florida headquarters in Weston, a long drive for Palm Beach County patients who are referred to the hospital. for hospital treatment or surgery.

Additionally, NYU Langone and New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital have opened medical practices in West Palm Beach.

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