Florida's orthopedic boom


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Florida has been a hotspot for orthopedics in recent years, and the momentum isn't stopping anytime soon. The state benefits from its growing aging population and its tax-friendly stance, and multiple orthopedic groups are wanting a slice of the pie.

"Florida is replete with competent orthopedic providers," Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD, told Becker's in 2023. "Many outside forces are entering the Florida business market, including private equity. This waits to be seen on the effect it will have on patient care and physician satisfaction. Florida has many well respected medical universities and large private orthopedic groups. The combination of these organizations contribute to robust competition that will hopefully improve the patient experience and lower the cost of care."

Here is how four major orthopedic groups and health systems in Florida are growing.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City)

Hospital for Special Surgery Florida is based in West Palm Beach and has four locations, according to its website. There are 16 physicians and two anesthesiologists. Two of the physicians were added earlier in March.

HSS launched an outpatient total joint replacement program in West Palm Beach in 2021, with Martin Roche, MD, serving as director.

HSS Florida has seen major growth and received a $2 million contribution from HSS trustee Marina Kellen French and her daughter Annabelle Garrett. The gift aims to strengthen HSS Florida's trauma department and endow a trauma directorship. 

HSS Florida is led by CEO Tara McCoy. In February HHS named Heather Woolf, RN, as vice president for its Palm Beach County facilities; in October Justin Blohm was named vice president of the musculoskeletal service line at HHS at NCH. 

Beyond 2024, HSS Florida has its eyes on opening Hospital for Special Surgery at Naples, Fla.-based NCH Healthcare System in March 2025. The facility is fully funded by a $20 million match donation and will have 10 operating rooms, imaging, clinical space and a rehabilitation facility. 

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute (Philadelphia)

Rothman Orthopaedics partnered with Orlando-based AdventHealth in September 2020 to establish its reach in Florida. Daryl Osbahr, MD, is managing director and chief of orthopedic surgery.

Since then, Rothman's Florida presence has grown to 33 physicians and nine locations, according to its website.

So far in 2024 Rothman unveiled plans to open its relocated Lake Nona office in Florida. The location will cover five subspecialties — foot and ankle, hip and knee, spine, sports medicine and physical medicine. 

Florida Orthopaedic Institute (Tampa)

Florida Orthopaedic Institute is one of the largest orthopedic groups with more than 70 physicians on staff, according to its website. It has been a mainstay in the state since 1989 and now has 15 offices, three surgery centers and two urgent care locations. 

Orlando Health

Orlando Health has bolstered its orthopedic reach significantly in recent months.

The health system's latest orthopedic project, a $250 million hospital dedicated to the specialty, opened in August. The hospital has 75 beds and 10 operating rooms, and it is part of Orlando Health's new 375,000-square-foot, $300 million Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute's downtown complex. 

Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute is also on the forefront of orthopedic innovation and recently became involved with three clinical trials for musculoskeletal care. 

Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute has 15 locations and more than 30 physicians.

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