Healing professional athletes & weekend warriors — Dr. Timothy Kremchek on Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Written by Eric Oliver | September 05, 2019 | Print  | Email

One of the driving forces behind Cincinnati-based Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Timothy Kremchek, MD, is a sports medicine expert who lends his expertise to both professional athletes and weekend warriors. 

In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Kremchek explains Beacon's comprehensive care model and shares the five key concepts the Beacon team uses to ensure patients receive top-of-the-line care. 

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Question: What was the decision-making process behind developing a comprehensive care model? 

Dr. Timothy Kremchek: We literally built Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine with the patient in mind. Understanding a [patient's] busy lifestyle, providing one-stop care shows our sensitivity to each patient's needs. So when we constructed our flagship building, we wanted it to have plenty of character, promote healthy lifestyles, and show our commitment to getting each and every patient effectively back to their sport or work as fast as possible. 

We are proud to be a destination for athletes from all over the country who seek the best sports and orthopedic medical treatment. [As] the official provider for the Cincinnati Reds for the last 23 years, we have earned the reputation of taking great care of high-level athletes. However, that care [goes beyond just] the locker room. My firsthand experience led me to realize we needed everything in-house, just like the pros do to help get players back on the field as quickly as possible. We added physicians who treat subspecialties [like] foot and ankle and hand and spine. We added imaging services, physical therapy and an on-site surgery center. Our comprehensive approach makes us unique among most orthopedic practices in the country, and these added services have benefited all our patients because they are also treated like professional athletes. 

One of my greatest joys is when patients come back, whether they be MLB [players] like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench [or] Joe Morgan, or they're non-professional athletes, like the weekend warrior or student athlete, who we've [also] been able to keep active and successful. This wide footprint of successful care makes me very proud.

Q: What's worked well in your practice that other orthopedic practices can adopt?

TK: Over the years, we have tweaked our practice consistently to find an optimal balance central to our stellar patient satisfaction and operational success. Here are five categories that we embrace:

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