Orthopedic Surgery Specialists of Aberdeen Joins Avera Medical Group
Orthopedic Surgery Specialists (OSS) of Aberdeen, will join the Avera Medical Group (AMG) on January 31, 2014. The longtime orthopedic specialist practice that serves a large region surrounding Aberdeen, will be changing its name to Avera Orthopedic Surgery Specialists.
The practice includes orthopedic surgeons, Dr. James MacDougall, Dr. Matthew Reynen, Dr. James Mantone, Dr. Patrick Miller, and Dr. Brandon Fites; physical medicine and rehab specialist, Dr. Donald Frisco; primary care sports medicine specialist, Dr. Danny Wolfgram; and podiatrist, Dr. James Johnston. The physicians will continue practicing at their current location at 701 8th Ave NW and ten locations in South and North Dakota. Along with the physicians, the change to Avera will also include 115 employees of the Orthopedic Center of the Dakotas.
“We are very pleased to add this group of excellent physicians and their experienced staff to our Avera family”, says John Porter, President and CEO of Avera Health. “We appreciate their well-earned reputation as a regional orthopedic center, and we look forward to joining forces to provide even better care to patients.”
Avera OSS physicians will continue to provide services through their surgery center, Dakota Plains Surgical Center, as well as the Surgery Center at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.
“We look forward to this new relationship with Avera,” says Dr. James MacDougall. “Through all of the years we have operated our clinic and surgery center in Aberdeen, we have maintained our privileges and have practiced at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. We are very familiar with their surgical team and facilities, work well with their staff, and anticipate a joint partnership in building the orthopedic care model for the future.”
Avera is the largest provider of orthopedic services in South Dakota and has been recognized for outstanding quality. The new partnership will actively pursue new concepts to improve access, treatment and outcomes for patients. “This merging of talented medical professionals is a once in a lifetime opportunity and it will solidify the Avera Medical Group and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital as the premier provider for orthopedic services within a 200 mile radius of Aberdeen,” says Todd Forkel, President and CEO of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital.. “This is a true partnership, where we will be looking at blending each other’s talents in innovations in orthopedic care which will give our patients the best possible options right here at home.”
As part of an integrated health system, Avera Medical Group and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital offer a full range of services for orthopedic patients. These services include in-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehabilitation including warm water therapy, sports medicine, home health services and home medical equipment all available in Aberdeen.