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  1. Medtronic's spine implant, SeaSpine's interbody launch and more: 4 device company notes

    SeaSpine's latest commercial launch and three other updates from spine devicemakers Becker's has covered since June 22:
  2. Heartland Regional Hospital opens orthopedic plaza

    Marion, Ill.-based Heartland Regional Hospital on June 28 opened a 15,000-square-foot facility that will house orthopedics, family practice and imaging services, according to The Southern Illinoisan.
  3. HOPCo, Florida Blue partner for orthopedic care access

    Florida Blue, the state's Blue Cross Blue Shield arm, is collaborating with Healthcare Outcomes Performance Co. to address healthcare affordability.

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  1. 10 spine surgeons to know

    These are 10 spine surgeons who have been in the industry for more than 10 years:
  2. Spine surgeons spotlight 4 key issues with robots

    Surgical robots entered the spine field in 2004, when the FDA cleared the Mazor SpineAssist to guide the placement of pedicle screws. Spine robots have come a long way since but are still very much in their infancy. Although most surgeons consider robots to play a key role in the future of spine surgery, there are challenges that need to be addressed. 
  3. 9 spine, orthopedic surgeons honored in Q2

    Nine spine and orthopedic surgeons won awards and honors in the second quarter of 2022.
  4. 6 devicemaker acquisitions in Q2

    From Conmed's $145 million deal to Stryker's orthopedic sale, here are six medtech acquisitions that closed or were announced in the second quarter of 2022.

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  1. AlloSource adds allograft for spine, orthopedics

    AlloSource added the AlloFuse microfibers demineralized bone allograft to its product line.
  2. Smith+Nephew opens Malaysia plant to support orthopedics

    Smith+Nephew opened a manufacturing facility in Malaysia to support its orthopedic business.
  3. Sanford Health opens acute spine center in Minnesota

    Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health has opened an acute spine center at Sanford Bemidji (Minn.) Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center.
  4. Dr. Roger Härtl named AANS Humanitarian of the Year

    The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has honored Roger Härtl, MD, with its Humanitarian of the Year award.
  1. Orthopedic surgeon asking for misconduct charges to be dropped

    An Illinois orthopedic surgeon who was arrested in 2020 for sexual assault and sexual abuse of a patient is asking to have his charges dropped, NPR affiliate WGLT reported June 27.
  2. Hospital for Special Surgery's Dr. Robert Hotchkiss performs wrist surgery on NHL Rangers star

    Robert Hotchkiss, MD, performed wrist surgery on Chris Kreider of the NHL's New York Rangers, the team said June 24.
  3. Orthopedic devicemaker taps former Stryker executive as CEO

    CoNextions, a company focused on tendon repair, named Daniel Gruppo as president and CEO.
  4. New Jersey health system adds spine robots

    Englewood (N.J.) Health became the first hospital in the state to add Globus Medical's Excelsius Ecosystem.
  5. Medtronic board taps Pfizer executive as independent director

    Medtronic named Lidia Fonseca as an independent director of its board of directors.
  6. 3 orthopedic experts earning lifetime achievement awards in 2022

    Three orthopedic surgeons and experts have received awards for their life's work in 2022.
  7. Dr. Jon Yoon performs NHL's 4th disc replacement in 7 months

    Philadelphia-based neurosurgeon Jon Yoon, MD, performed a disc replacement on Joel Farabee of the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, the team said June 24.
  8. Neurosurgeons laud Congress for passing gun safety legislation

    The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons praised Congress for passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which would expand background checks, restrict certain individuals from owning guns and provide incentives for states to enact "red-flag" programs.
  9. Accountant involved in spine surgery kickback scheme sentenced to prison

    A 69-year-old accountant who enabled a scheme allowing kickbacks for spine surgery referrals was sentenced to prison, the Justice Department said June 24.

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