How Barton Health's orthopedic center improves care coordination, population health


South Lake Tahoe, Calif.-based Barton Health opened the 26,000-square-foot Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness in 2018 with the goal of providing multifaceted, proactive care, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

"We are changing the face of healthcare in our community," Chris Proctor, the center's administrative director, told the news outlet. "We are moving from a traditional, reactive healthcare model focused on treating illness and injury to providing guidance and support on the front end with wellness and prevention services."

At the South Lake Tahoe-based Barton Center, a variety of specialists — from orthopedic surgeons to yoga instructors — all practice under the same roof. They collaborate to create personalized, multifaceted treatment plans for each patient.

The center aims to coordinate care through a holistic approach. Its patients are treated with a combination of conventional medical practices and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, nutrition, yoga, mindfulness and educational classes.

The center also offers Olympic-caliber training through a partnership between Barton Health and ALTIS, a Phoenix-based elite athlete-training center.

Barton Health CEO and President Clint Purvance, MD, said his experience as an ER physician led him to believe that prevention is the best treatment. "The center creates a paradigm shift that is innovative, addressing potential disease upstream and delivering care in the form of wellness, prevention and education," he told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

"Our goal is to keep people healthy and reduce the overall cost of U.S. healthcare, which in turn will help communities put money toward other initiatives on a nationwide scale," Dr. Purvance added. "The center's team of physicians, performance trainers and other providers can truly engage with the community to improve its overall health and wellbeing."

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