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NATION’S TOP ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL OPENS IN WEST PALM BEACH

The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the nation’s top orthopedic hospital, opened its doors Monday in West Palm Beach across from Good Samaritan Medical Center.

HSS President Louis Shapiro was on hand to greet the first patients.

The hospital said nearly 1,000 patient appointments already have been scheduled at the 60,000-square-foot center. The facility is at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., across from Good Samaritan Medical Center.

The opening marks the completion of a long-sought after goal by New York-based HSS.

“We’ve been working on this for a long time,” said Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS, explaining the plans to open HSS Florida. “But we wanted to do it right, not fast.”

Florida is important for HSS, which seeks to serve existing patients and attract new ones. Last year, some 3,000 Florida residents traveled for care to HSS in New York.

“We want to deliver care closer to where people live and work,” Shapiro said, “and 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 of Good Samaritan Medical Center. The partnership is through a Tenet subsidiary, United Surgical Partnership International.

The West Palm Beach facility will mirror the quality of HSS’s New York center in every way, Shapiro said. That means the best physicians and staff, coupled with the latest equipment.

HSS Florida’s new facility features outpatient orthopedic care including physician consultations, diagnostic and imaging services, rehabilitation, sports performance programs and outpatient surgery.

In addition, consultations with HSS doctors in New York, through shared technology from the West Palm Beach imaging equipment, will be offered.

For the past 10 years, HSS has been named the No. 1 hospital for orthopedics in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery also is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States.

HSS’s opening marks a change in the medical staff lineup.

Dr. Peter Asnis, an orthopedic surgeon from Massachusetts General Hospital and a team physician for Boston professional athletes, will not move to Florida after all to serve as HSS Florida’s medical director. An HSS spokeswoman cited personal reasons.

Instead, Dr. David Altchek, medical director for 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, an orthopedic trauma surgeon, who will serve as associate medical director for inpatient services; and Dr. Ryan Simovitch, a sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, who will serve as associate medical director for ambulatory services.

Other doctors 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 is eager to bring its storied medical services to the growing, aging and affluent Florida community.

Older patients today expect to be able to continue their active lifestyle, including playing golf or tennis, providing an opportunity for HSS doctors to keep them moving and out of pain, HSS officials said.

HSS has other goals for its Florida clinic in West Palm Beach, too.

HSS hopes to be a destination center for all sports medicine needs in the Southeast U.S., including professional athletes as well as teenage athletes, according to Justin Oppenheimer, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at HSS.

In the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, HSS treats more professional athletes than anywhere else in the world, Oppenheimer said.

In addition, HSS Florida is seeking to attract professional dancers needing musculoskeletal care.

 

Palm Beach Post
Alexandra Clough

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