$24M project will add orthopedic surgery at rural hospital

Alan Condon -   Print  |

Construction is underway at Fairfield (Ill.) Memorial Hospital, which is investing up to $24 million on an expansion project that will add orthopedic surgery to its list of services.

"We are doubling the number of OR suites because we are going to have a new service line — orthopedic surgery," Kathy Bunting, PhD, the hospital's CEO, said in a March 16 news release. "Our hospital has never entered that specific realm of healthcare."

The orthopedic wing will include robotic surgery systems and its own radiology department.

The hospital recently hired Kory Blank, MD, who will lead the orthopedic wing.

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