White County Medical Center has created a comprehensive center to better care for patients with orthopaedic and spine needs. Formerly the White County Surgery Center, the building has been renamed the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, located at 710 Marion St. in Searcy.
“Our goal is to develop a center of excellence,” said WCMC President/CEO Ray Montgomery. “By combining the Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Departments with our Physical Therapy/Rehab Department, our outstanding physicians and therapists can offer specialized care for a broad range of orthopaedic and neurosurgical needs to our community.”
The full-service orthopaedic center includes Orthopaedic Surgeons Kyle Blickenstaff, M.D., Thomas Day, M.D., and Justin Franz, M.D., along with Physician Assistant-Certified Lance Kemper; Neurosurgeon Gregory Ricca, M.D.; and a team of physical and occupational therapists.
“With this center, we have the ability to care for patients from their initial evaluation through the completion of physical therapy,” Dr. Blickenstaff said. “The communication and interaction between the physicians and therapists is greater, thanks to being in the same location. Now, we have the opportunity to see patients in the therapy area, if needed. White County Medical Center has been instrumental in developing this center. Their support and expertise in physical therapy, athletic training and imaging services is very valuable, as they’ve been an advocate for us to grow.”
According to Hugh Kleypas, Director of Physical Therapy, therapists at the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department are able to see more patients in the new space on the first floor of the Orthopaedic and Spine Center. “The space offers more individual treatment rooms, which makes working with patients a more smooth and efficient process,” he said.
“Healthcare professionals often use the phrase ‘continuum of care’ to describe the best plan of treatment for patients,” Kleypas says. “This means that it is easier for our patients to make the transition from the physician’s care to the physical therapy center. Being in the same location allows us to address concerns we may have for our patients in a very timely manner.”
Kleypas adds that the admissions process is smoother as well. Patients are now able to check-in for their initial appointment in the therapy suite without having a long walk to make or finding a different parking spot.
“We work together to make sure our patients are well taken care of and receive the care they need and deserve,” Dr. Ricca said. “White County Medical Center has provided excellent facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and great nursing care for our patients to help us reach our goals.”
The Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas is an outpatient department of White County Medical Center. For more information, please call (501) 278-8300 or visitwww.orthoandspine.org.
ABOUT WHITE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER
As the leading healthcare provider in a six-county area, White County Medical Center associates strive to improve the quality of health and well being for the communities it serves through compassionate care. White County Medical Center is the largest employer in a six-county area with more than 1,750 associates. The facility has a combined total of 438 licensed beds and a medical staff of 150 physicians that specialize in various areas of healthcare.