New NWI orthopedic, spine center has several specialties under one roof - February 12, 2015

Courtesy of NWI Times

February 12, 2015 12:00 am • Giles Bruce giles.bruce@nwi.com, (219) 853-2584

MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals recently opened an orthopedic and spine center at its Southlake Campus, providing consumers with several surgical specialties under one roof.

“We are located over the imaging center and outpatient-surgery center, so essentially everything is there in one building,” said Kim Innes, director of the Northwest Indiana Orthopedic-Spine Center in Merrillville. “It’s kind of a one-stop shop. We’re trying to make it as convenient as possible for our patients.”

The center originated when Methodist Hospitals purchased some local physician practices and moved them all into the same building. The facility includes surgeons specializing in the spine, nervous system, orthopedics and feet and ankles. The center plans to add pain management services in the near future.

“Basically, you get more synergy among the surgeons,” Innes said. “We get a lot of cross-referrals. A patient will come in with a back problem, and it will turn out to be a hip problem. If you have all the surgeons in one area, it’s an advantage to the patient.”

Innes also noted that medical literature shows that health outcomes are better when physicians work as a team.

As part of the $2.5 million project, Methodist Hospitals also expanded orthopedic and spine services at its Midlake Campus in Gary.

“The idea was to bring closer to the Gary community access to specialties that don’t normally have offices in Gary,” said Linda Hadley, a Methodist Hospitals spokeswoman.

Methodist is having a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for the new Merrillville facility.

If you go

WHAT: Methodist Hospitals will hold a VIP reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new Orthopedic-Spine Center at the Southlake Campus in Merrillville.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus, Pavilion A, 101 E. 87th Ave. in Merrillville. Follow the “VIP Reception” signs on 87th.

WHO: Community leaders, medical staff, hospital leadership and employees will be in attendance.

WHAT: The program will include an invocation by the Rev. David Nevill Jr.; welcome by Scott Ribordy, vice chair of the Methodist Hospitals board of trustees; opening remarks by Michael Davenport, president and interim CEO of Methodist Hospitals; remarks by Dr. Elian Shepherd, Claude Powers of Powers & Sons Construction and Sue Reed of the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce; a ribbon-cutting and tour; and photo opportunities.