SSM Orthopedics acquires 14 physicians to form new practice group 

ST. LOUIS, MO – 14 private practice independent physicians will now be officially employed by SSM Orthopedics, Inc. The doctors hail from St. Peters Bone & Joint Surgery, Premier Care Orthopedics and Northland Mid-America Orthopedics. In December 2010, eight physicians started their employment, followed by an additional six in February 2011.

The newly aligned doctors had already held positions on the medical staffs at SSM DePaul Health Center and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Most will continue to see patients at their same office locations with a few opening additional office space at SSM DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton; SSM St. Joseph Health Center - Wentzville and SSM St. Joseph Medical Park in St. Peters, Mo. The physicians affected by the alignment include:
Formerly with St. Peters Bone & Joint Surgery
o Thomas Albus, M.D.
o Timothy Graven, D.O.
o Richard Helfrey, D.O.
Formerly with Premier Care Orthopedics
o Syed Abdul-Khader, M.D.
o Katherine Burns, M.D.
o George Calvert, M.D.
o William Schroer, M.D.
o Frank Tull, M.D.
Formerly with Northland Mid-America Orthopedics
o Mark Belew, M.D.
o Jody Jachna, M.D.
o Crystel Knierim, M.D.
o Fallon Maylack, M.D.
o Randall Roush, M.D.
o Terry Weis, D.O.

“We look forward to working with each of these physicians to improve orthopedics across SSM Health Care-St. Louis,” said Drew Rector, service line executive for SSM Orthopedics. “This is the first of many steps in achieving SSM Orthopedics’ vision of positioning itself as the preferred provider of sub-specialty musculoskeletal care in the region, focused on quality and service. By combining the practice groups into one organization, this will also allow us to better serve and direct patients to physicians with a focus and expertise in a specific body area, leading to enhanced specialty of care.”

In addition to the organizational and physician business benefits, patients will now be able to access all of their orthopedic services through one organization from start to finish. This more seamless and efficient system of care includes access to the electronic health care records used at all SSM Health Care-St. Louis facilities. This technology helps doctors and staff better work together in areas such as scheduling of various appointments, recording care, sharing test results and images, and managing therapy and surgeries for patients.

SSM Orthopedics physicians apply the latest techniques and procedures to hip, knee, and shoulder replacements and reconstructions; hand, wrist, shoulder and elbow injuries; spine and back disorders; foot and ankle disabilities; musculoskeletal surgeries; and arthritis intervention.

Key services for SSM Orthopedics include the SSM Joint Replacement Center at DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. The SSM Joint Replacement Center ranks in the top five percent in the nation for patient satisfaction. There, surgeons perform more than 1,000 knee replacements annually ― the highest number of any hospital within the metropolitan St. Louis area. In 2009, the SSM Joint Replacement Center earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ for health care quality. The SSM Joint Replacement Center at DePaul Health Center is currently the only Missouri hospital to be awarded the Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification for knee and hip replacement.

About SSM Orthopedics
SSM Orthopedics comprehensive program offers prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of a full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. We offer five locations in St. Louis and St. Charles counties including: SSM St. Clare Health Center, Fenton; SSM DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton; SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, Richmond Heights; SSM St. Joseph Health Center, St. Charles; SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Lake Saint Louis. Our team of board-certified physicians, specially trained nurses and therapists deliver exceptional care to our patients. For more information, visit www.ssmhealth.com/orthopedics.

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