The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the country’s top orthopedic hospital, opened Monday in West Palm Beach across from the Good Samaritan Medical Center.
HSS President Louis Shapiro was on hand to welcome the first patients.
The hospital said nearly 1,000 patient appointments have already been scheduled in the 60,000 square foot center. The property is located at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., across from the Good Samaritan Medical Center.
The opening marks the completion of a goal long sought by New York-based HSS.
âWe’ve been working on this for a long time,â said Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS, explaining plans to open HSS Florida. “But we wanted to do it right, not fast.”
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Florida is important to HSS as it seeks to serve existing patients and attract new ones. Last year, some 3,000 Florida residents traveled for treatment at HSS in New York.
âWe want to provide care closer to where people live and work,â Shapiro said, âand not just in Westchester County, New York. It means Florida.
In January 2018, HSS announced its expansion to Florida in partnership with Tenet Healthcare, parent company of Good Samaritan Medical Center. The partnership is made through a subsidiary of Tenet, United Surgical Partnership International.
HSS to offer consultations with New York doctors using technology
The West Palm Beach facility will in every way reflect the quality of the HSS center in New York City, Shapiro said. This means the best doctors and staff, coupled with the latest equipment.
HSS Florida’s new facility provides outpatient orthopedic care, including medical consultations, diagnostic and imaging services, rehabilitation, athletic performance programs, and outpatient surgery.
In addition, consultations with HSS doctors in New York, using shared technology from West Palm Beach imaging equipment, will be offered.
For the past 10 years, HSS has been named the nation’s # 1 orthopedic hospital by US News and World Report. Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery is also the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States.
The opening of HSS marks a change in the composition of the medical workforce.
Dr Peter Asnis, orthopedic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital and team doctor for professional athletes in Boston, will not ultimately move to Florida to take on the post of medical director of HSS Florida. A spokeswoman for the HSS cited personal reasons.
Instead, Dr. David Altchek, Medical Director of the New York Mets and Chief Emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute, will serve as Medical Director.
He will be joined by Dr. Nicholas Sama, orthopedic trauma surgeon, who will act as associate medical director for inpatient services; and Dr. Ryan Simovitch, athletic physician and shoulder surgeon, who will act as associate medical director for outpatient services.
Other physicians include Dr. Michelle Carlson, hand and upper extremity surgeon; Dr James Carr II, sports medicine surgeon; Dr Kathleen Davenport, physiatrist; and Dr. John Wang, hip and knee surgeon.
More doctors are expected to join over time.
HSS looks forward to bringing its historic medical services to Florida’s growing, aging and affluent community.
Older patients today expect to be able to continue their active lifestyle, including playing golf or tennis, which allows HSS doctors to keep them moving and not in pain, officials said. of HSS.
HSS also has other goals for its Florida clinic in West Palm Beach.
HSS hopes to be a destination center for all sports medicine needs in the Southeastern United States, including professional athletes as well as teenage athletes, according to Justin Oppenheimer, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at HSS. .
In the New York tri-state, New Jersey and Connecticut region, HSS treats more professional athletes than anywhere else in the world, Oppenheimer said.
Additionally, HSS Florida seeks to attract professional dancers in need of musculoskeletal care.