The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York is less than a year away from opening its West Palm Beach facility, and details are being finalized for the famous orthopedic center’s first Florida location.
West Palm Beach will feature six or seven doctors “of the caliber of doctors we would expect to recruit for HSS in New York,” Louis Shapiro, president of HSS, said Wednesday in an interview with the Palm Beach Post.
Some doctors have already been recruited to work at the orthopedic care center, while others are still being courted. The 60,000 square foot facility, under construction at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, is across from the Good Samaritan Medical Center.
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Plans are due to open by December or early January.
HSS has been the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the country for nine consecutive years, according to US News and World Report. Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery is also the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States.
In January 2018, HSS announced its expansion to Florida in partnership with Tenet Healthcare, parent company of Good Sam. Through a subsidiary of Tenet, United Surgical Partnerships International, it is expected to offer clinical care, outpatient surgery and other elements of orthopedic care, including diagnostic services such as imaging, rehabilitation and sports medicine programs.
As such, HSS’s presence in West Palm Beach is a blow to Tenet and a boon to orthopedic patients, not only in Palm Beach County but throughout the Southeastern United States.
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The center is also important to HSS, which seeks to serve existing patients and attract new ones.
“We want to provide care closer to where people live and work,” Shapiro said, “and not just in Westchester County, New York. It means Florida.
The West Palm Beach facility will in all respects 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.
“If on the outside it says HSS, what’s going on inside is of the same caliber that the world expects from HSS in New York,” Shapiro said.
Palm Beach County is a hot spot for out-of-area hospital businesses looking to expand. The population is self-assured and generous, often rewarding medical centers with financial donations that support research, clinical and educational programs.
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The population is also growing, with retired baby boomers trading cold winters in the northeast or Midwest for warmer climates.
Over the past two years, two other New York-based medical providers have opened clinical offices in West Palm Beach: Mount Sinai New York has opened offices at 625 N. Flagler Dr. and NYU Langone has opened an office at 101 N. Clematis St.
But today’s retirees are not yesterday’s retirees. Older patients today expect to be able to continue their active lifestyles, and this is where HSS sees opportunities. “People don’t like their ability to move around being limited by any condition,” Shapiro said.
Helping patients move around without disability means treating a variety of conditions and parts of the body. Outpatient surgeries can include work on the hips, knees, shoulders, hands, feet, and ankles. (Outpatient arthroplasties may take place in the future.)
Complex orthopedic surgeries requiring hospitalization will be referred to New York.
But not all patients need surgery, Shapiro said. Rehabilitation, especially in the field of sports medicine, will be an important element.
The children are seen at HSS in New York, and the children will be seen at HSS in West Palm Beach, but it is not yet known at what age, Shapiro said.