Orthopedic surgeon terminated after hospital closure joins different OSF facility


An orthopedic surgeon whose employment was terminated after the abrupt closure of Galesburg (Ill.) Cottage Hospital on Jan. 8 has joined OSF HealthCare's St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Craig Wilson, MD, was one of many physicians and workers at the hospital who lost their jobs after the hospital decided to temporarily close following CMS' decision to scrap its Medicare contract. In a termination notice published Dec. 29, CMS said the hospital was not in compliance with various Medicare rules, including those related to patient rights and nursing services.

All patients were discharged or transferred from Galesburg Cottage Hospital, and some were transferred to St. Mary Medical Center, where Dr. Wilson now practices.

Dr. Wilson is a Galesburg native who specializes in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and total joint replacement of the hips, knees and shoulders. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Ill., where he also completed his orthopedic residency.

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Wilson joining the team because we know he cares deeply about our community and his patients," Lisa DeKezel, RN, president of OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center and OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth, Ill., said in a Jan. 15 news release. "Dr Wilson's expertise will add to an already strong line-up of board certified orthopedic physicians and surgeons at OSF HealthCare."

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