28 flagship orthopedic facilities opened, announced in 2021


Orthopedic expansions picked up steam in 2021, particularly those designed for outpatient services, as Medicare, commercial payers and patients continue to push procedures from inpatient settings to the ambulatory environment.

Here are 28 flagship orthopedic facilities opened or announced this year:

1. Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth on Dec. 16 topped off its 12-story Innovation Tower that will be dedicated to orthopedics and neuroscience. The $100 million facility, expected to open in late 2022, will house Philadelphia-based Rothman Orthopaedics and Orlando Neurosurgery.

2. The University of New Mexico Health Sciences' Center of Excellence for Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation opened in December. The $21 million teaching hospital spans 50,000 square feet and is adjacent to UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho.

3. In November, United Regional Health Care Systems received approval to build a $26 million orthopedic and sports medicine center in Wichita Falls, Texas. The planned 41,000-square-foot center is expected to break ground in January and open in 2023. 

4. Orlando (Fla.) Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, a $250 million project, is on track to open in 2023. An adjacent medical pavilion and a 12-operating room ASC will open in late 2022.The 75-bed hospital will span 195,000 square feet and is expected to bring 500 jobs to the community.

5. Atlanta-based Emory University Healthcare's Musculoskeletal Institute opened in October. The facility, part of Emory Healthcare's $1 billion health innovation district, cost $130 million.

6. Crystal Clinic Orthopaedic Center in November opened a $100 million, 165,000-square-foot hospital for orthopedic, reconstructive and plastic surgery in Fairlawn, Ohio.

7. Chillicothe, Ohio-based Adena Health Systems opened an orthopedic center Sept. 1. Four years in the making, the five-story, $70 million facility spans 11,000 square feet.

8. The $150 million Orthopedic & Spine Tower at Huntsville (Ala.) Hospital opened in September. The facility comprises 24 operating rooms, 72 patient rooms and a joint replacement program.

9. Columbus, Ohio-based Orthopedic One broke ground on its new Westerville headquarters in October. The 80,000-square-foot center will cost $24 million and is set to open in spring 2023.

10. Christus Good Shepherd Health System broke ground July 20 on a $35 million project that will create the first orthopedic institute in Longview, Texas. The campus, expected to open in spring 2023, aims to offer one location for integrated, multidisciplinary orthopedic care.

11. Providence-based Ortho Rhode Island, a 25-physician group, opened a $33 million flagship facility in April. The 66,000-square-foot facility has an ASC with eight operating rooms and is on the same campus as a biotechnology research and development center.

12. Bradley, Ill.-based Oak Orthopedics opened a $15.5 million facility in Bourbonnais, Ill., in January. The 43,700-square-foot center includes a medical clinic, radiology suite and an ASC with three operating rooms. 

13. Orthopaedic Medical Group of Tampa Bay (Fla.) is building a 37,000-square-foot complex in Lithia, Fla., that will serve as its new headquarters. The 10-surgeon practice expects to have 50 to 75 staff — with the capacity to add more — at the complex, which will include an ASC and medical offices.

14. University of Tennessee Medical Center and OrthoTennessee are developing an orthopedic institute in Knoxville, Tenn., with an orthopedic ASC and a research center. The 91,000-square-foot facility will employ 150 people, including 14 orthopedic surgeons.

15. Coastal Orthopedics is developing an 88,000-square-foot facility medical center and headquarters in Bradenton, Fla. The facility will include a surgery center, physical therapy and imaging services, and offices. Construction is set for completion by spring 2022.

16. Watauga Orthopaedics, a 20-physician group, is developing a $17 million surgery center in Johnson City, Tenn. The four-operating room surgery center is projected to open in 2022.

17. Newark, Del.-based ChristianaCare and Delaware Neurosurgical Group are developing a joint-venture spine surgery center. The ASC will cost about $4.8 million in capital expenses and will be located at ChristianaCare's Wilmington, Del., campus.

18. Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger is planning a $180 million orthopedic center in Buckhorn. Construction on the Orthopaedic Center Pennsylvania will begin in early 2022, with its opening set for 2024.

19. In April, the Spine Institute of Louisiana broke ground on a $20 million multidisciplinary spine hospital in Bossier City, La. The Spine Center of Excellence, a 34,000-square-foot facility, will include an ASC with four operating rooms. It is expected to open in fall 2022.

20. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences broke ground on an $85 million surgical facility in Little Rock in April. The building will include 12 operating rooms and 12 exam rooms dedicated to orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected to open by spring 2023.

21. New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery is developing a 12-story, 100,000-square-foot tower that will specialize in spine surgery and joint replacement, the hospital said in March. The tower will include three private inpatient floors, multidisciplinary medical teams and on-site imaging.

22. Parkview Medical Center's $58 million orthopedic hospital in Pueblo West, Colo., is set to open in April. The hospital will have 30 beds and will free up to 20 beds at the main campus in Pueblo, Colo.

23. Neenah, Wis.-based Neuroscience Group, along with ThedaCare and Hand to Shoulder Center of Wisconsin, both in Appleton, are developing a $144 million orthopedic and spine center. The 230,000-square-foot facility will include a medical office building, surgery center and a 25-bed orthopedic and spine hospital. It is expected to open in 2022.

24. Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas, is building a six-story spine and orthopedic tower that will cost $120 million. The center will treat spine, cranial neurosurgery and complex orthopedic trauma patients and will open by the first quarter of 2022.

25. Phoenix-based Banner Health is developing a $54 million orthopedic sports medicine center in Scottsdale, Ariz. The center will include a surgery center and a physical therapy, imaging and a concussion center and is set to open in late 2022.

26. Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health is developing a 12-operating room orthopedic hospital and two clinics as part of a $209.5 million expansion. The hospital is set to open in 2023.  

27. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is developing a $150 million spine and orthopedic hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 72-bed hospital, expected to open in January 2023, will include 10 operating rooms, a medical office building and an ASC.

28. Rochester, N.Y.-based UR Medicine is developing a $240 million, 330,000-square-foot campus that will be one of the country's largest for orthopedics. The campus's ASC is expected to open in 2022, with the patient tower targeted for 2023.

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