UVA Health orthopedic supercenter becomes 1 of 4 on East Coast


The University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville has opened a 195,000-square-foot campus that provides the breadth of orthopedic care under one roof.

There are only three facilities of its size on the East Coast: Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital in Atlanta and the University of Florida Health Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute in Gainesville. 

Rochester, N.Y.-based UR Medicine is also on track to open a $240 million orthopedic campus this year and Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger is expected to open a $180 million orthopedic faciltiy in 2024.

The campus, which opened in February, comprises 90 exam rooms, four operating rooms (with plans to expand to six), surgery support, imaging services and a pharmacy.

Bobby Chhabra, MD, chair of UVA Health's orthopedic surgery department, described the facility as "a game-changer for orthopedic care in our region."

"Not only is it a very convenient place for patients to receive the full breadth of orthopedic care, but it's a very team-centric environment as well," Dr. Chhabra said. "It's a wonderful place to work, and that will help us recruit and retain the best team members in what is a very challenging labor market right now."

The campus unites all of UVA Orthopedics' outpatient clinics and brings the health system's musculoskeletal care, research and education under one roof. An education center and bioskills lab have also been included to train orthopedic residents and fellows.

"All of our education needs were incorporated into this building so that we could recruit the best residents and fellows and medical students, and we can provide an optimal environment where they can learn," Dr. Chhabra said.

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