The region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital expands to serve community need for accessible urgent orthopedic care.
Leawood, Kan. – Oct. 10, 2016 – Recognizing the growing need for access to prompt, specialized care, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute—the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital—will open an Ortho Urgent Care center next month. Ortho Urgent Care brings together orthopedic expertise and convenient after-hours access, including evenings and weekends, for all types of orthopedic injuries.
“Musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause of all injury-related healthcare visits in the U.S.,” said Joseph Waeckerle, M.D., FACEP, Medical Director. “Offering urgent access at night and on the weekends when orthopedic injuries are likely to happen is not only convenient for patients, but also more cost-effective than visiting the emergency room.”
Scheduled to open on November 28, Ortho Urgent Care at Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute brings patients convenient access to comprehensive orthopedic care services. Because the urgent care center is located inside the region’s only dedicated orthopedic hospital, patients will benefit from the expertise of more than 25 board-certified orthopedic physicians, as well as physician assistants and nurses who specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine.
In addition to diagnostic imaging, bracing, splinting, casting, and other treatment services, staff will assist with scheduling of MRIs and rehabilitation therapy if needed. These services are also available onsite at the hospital.
Walk-in service will be available for patients age 12 and older with sports injuries and everyday orthopedic injuries caused by falls and other accidents. Fractures, sprains/strains, torn ligaments, muscle contusions (bruises) and minor lacerations are expected to be among the most common injuries treated at Ortho Urgent Care. (For life or limb threatening injures, patients should call 911 or go the emergency room.)
“Rapid treatment is important for proper recovery from orthopedic injuries—and so is specialized care,” explained Charles Rhoades, M.D., CEO of Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. “We are here to provide both for our local community, and expanding our services to include Ortho Urgent Care is a natural progression of our commitment.”
About Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute
As the area’s first and only hospital dedicated exclusively to orthopedics, Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute provides comprehensive orthopedic care, from diagnostic imaging to inpatient and outpatient surgery, interventional pain management services, and rehabilitation therapy. Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Hospitals/Health Systems (AAHHS), Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute is a physician-owned specialty hospital and a joint venture with Saint Luke’s Hospital.