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Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center’s new limb restoration clinic may need to move to larger space. Featured article from the Philadelphia Business Journal (bizjournals.com)
By John George – Senior Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
The Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center and Premier Orthopaedics have joined together to open a $6.7 million ambulatory surgery center in King of Prussia.
Two area health systems, West Reading-based Tower Health and Crozer-Keystone Health System in Delaware County, are minority partners in the project.
The 14,500-square-foot surgery center features four operating rooms along with 14 pre- and post-op rooms. The center — which has 20 orthopedic surgeons on staff — was designed to accommodate joint replacement patients, given that procedures like knee and hip replacements are now being done on an outpatient basis.
Dr. Sidney Jacoby, a hand surgery specialist with the Philadelphia-based Hand to Shoulder Center, said the entire King of Prussia facility is geared specifically for orthopedic surgeons.
“Other surgery centers have to cater to different types of surgery — like ophthalmology or [gastrointestinal],” Jacoby said. “We cater only to ourselves.”
The foundation for what would become a partnership between the Hand to Shoulder Center and Premier Orthopedics was laid in the early 2000s. That’s when Jacoby met and became friends with Dr. Glenn Lipton, a sports medicine specialist with Newtown Square-based Premier, while both were going through medical training in Philadelphia. Jacoby was a third-year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University and met Lipton when he was a second-year resident at Drexel University’s School of Medicine in 2002.
“We ordered a lot of Chinese food together,” Lipton said.
They remained friends after joining their different medical groups, and often referred patients to each other’s practices.
“We have different skill sets,” Lipton said.
Lipton said the orthopedic surgeons at both physician groups, which have dozens of practice sites through the region, perform procedures at a variety of area hospitals and outpatient care centers. Neither group, however, previously owned its own outpatient surgery facility.
Each, Jacoby said, was looking into the possibility of building a surgery center in the King of Prussia area where they could provide high quality care in a more cost-effective manner, but the expense was prohibitive for either to do on their own.
“We probably could not have done this without having a relationship,” Lipton said.
The $6.9 million price tag for the surgery center consisted of $4.2 million in construction costs and $2.5 million in equipment purchases, according to Colleen O’Brien, the center’s executive director.
The center was constructed with a high-tech ventilation system to protect patients and staff against airborne illness such as Covid-19.
Surgical services provided at the center on the 900 block of Pulaski Road include general orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, total joint replacements, trauma and fracture care, and sports medicine.
O’Brien said the center, which had a soft opening this summer, expects to handle between 4,200 and 4,500 surgeries next year. It has already performed about 90 surgeries this year. The center opened with a staff of 16, but O’Brien said she expects that number to grow in 2021.
Our Limb Restoration Clinic is featured in the September issue of Main Line Chronicles and Delco Magazine.
Dr. Leonid Katolik’s article “Understanding Carpal, Cubital and Radial Tunnel Syndromes” addresses the symptoms, causes and treatments of these conditions.
**PHSC Policies on Coronavirus (COVID-19)**
Updated September 3, 2020
Our team is seeing patients in our offices and via telemedicine virtual appointments. The safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. With that in mind, we ask that all non-urgent patient appointments be rescheduled if, in the last 2 weeks, you:
- Have tested positive for COVID-19
- Have had upper respiratory/flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell
- Have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
- Have returned from international travel
Please contact our scheduling department or your physician’s clinical assistant with concerns or questions about whether or not to reschedule your appointment. If you have had surgery in recent weeks, you must contact your physician team if there is anything preventing you from attending your post-operative appointment(s).
For patients who prefer and/or need an in-office appointment, in an effort to minimize the spread of Covid-19 and to reduce risk of exposure, you can take comfort in knowing that we have implemented the following increased safety measures in all of our offices:
- Patients must wear masks upon entering the office and keep them on for the duration of their time in our office.
- Patients must sanitize their hands upon arrival at our offices.
- Patient guests and/or family members are not permitted to attend appointments with patients or wait for patients in our offices unless 1) the patient is a minor, in which case one parent may accompany the patient, or 2) an adult patient needs assistance with mobility, hearing, etc.
- We are staggering appointment times and safely separating chairs in our waiting rooms to ensure proper social distancing.
- We are sanitizing our patient areas including waiting rooms, exam rooms, x ray suites and therapy clinics.
- We are sanitizing chairs, pens, clip boards and all other frequently touched surfaces between each patient.
Please do not take offense if we ask you to reschedule non-emergent appointments or to provide us with a COVID-19 medical clearance note from your family physician. And please remember to wear a protective mask to our office and throughout your entire visit. Know that we are taking these steps as precautionary measures for everyone, including you.
As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued the following recommendations for controlling and minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus:
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- For more information about COVID-19, visit www.CDC.gov
We are here for you and your family during this challenging time.
If you need us, don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-385-PHSC (7472) to schedule an in-office or telemedicine appointment.
Dr. Kearns was interviewed by King of Prussia District as part of a panel discussion with local health experts. Check out Dr. Kearns clip at time marker 47:20.