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North American Spine Society (NASS) releases evidence-based coverage recommendations

The North American Spine Society (NASS), the premier multidisciplinary medical organization dedicated to improving spine care, recently released evidence-based coverage recommendations for spine procedures and treatments.

Please click here to view a message discussing coverage recommendations from William Watters III, MD, President of NASS.

Please click here to view Coverage Recommendations for Common Spine Surgery procedures, Including Laser Spine Surgery.

 

Girls on the Run OrthoWilmington 5K, May 17 8AM

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This race, presented by OrthoWilmington, provides scholarships to children who need assistance to participate in Girls on the Run and STRIDE. Click here for more details.

OrthoWilmington 5k hosts New Hanover, Pender, Sampson, and Columbus county GOTR and STRIDE programs!

When: May 17, 2014, 8:00 AM

Where: First Baptist Activity Center
1939 Independence Blvd
Wilmington, NC

 

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Introducing the OrthoWilmington NewsCast!

Our Spring Newsletter features the latest news at OrthoWilmington, including Innovative Technologies, New Advances in Pain Control and New Physician Staff Members.

Click here or select the photo to download a PDF of the OrthoWilmington NewsCast

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OrthoWilmington Welcomes New Physician to Medical Staff

Joanne B. Allen, M.D. a physical medicine & rehabilitation and sports medicine specialist to their medical team. Dr. Allen maintains a private practice and has joined OrthoWilmington on a part-time basis to treat OrthoWilmington established patients. 

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Dr. Allen is a board-certified specialist in both physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R, also known as physiatry), as well as in sports medicine. Dr. Allen specializes in musculoskeletal medicine, noninvasive pain management, non-surgical spine and sports injuries, and rehabilitation medicine, which includes Workers’ Compensation injuries. She will be performing electromyogram (EMG) and nerve conduction studies for patients of OrthoWilmington.

A cum laude graduate of Duke University with degrees in zoology and psychology, Dr. Allen earned her medical degree from Bowman School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. She completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Spain Rehabilitation Center.

Dr. Allen served as a medical staff / consultant for the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, China, and she actively volunteers with many sports-related associations, including the 2012 London Paralympics. She is currently Team Physician for the U.S. Sailing Team.

Dr. Allen treats patients at the 2716 Ashton Drive office of OrthoWilmington.

 

OrthoWilmington has also added two physician assistants, both of whom are board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

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OrthoWilmington Welcomes New Sports Medicine PA to Medical Staff

Catherine E. Williams, MMS, PA-C, shown left, has completed a Master of Medical Science and is Physician Assistant- Certified. She treats sports medicine injuries, general orthopaedics, and has prior experience in emergency medicine. Along with Dr. John O’Malley, Catherine provides comprehensive sports medicine care for patients at the 2716 Ashton Drive, Wilmington office. She joins Dr. O’Malley in providing team coverage for many of our local professional, collegiate and high school teams.

Williams graduated from Wake Forest University with double Bachelor of Science degrees in Health & Exercise Science and Biology, and earned a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wake Forest School of Medicine.

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OrthoWilmington Welcomes New Spine Specialized PA to Medical Staff

Renee V. Wall, PA-C, MPAS, shown left, has completed a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies and is Physician Assistant-Certified. Renee brings over seven years of spine experience to Orthowilmington. She has a special interest in operative and non-operative spine care, as well as general orthopaedics. Along with Dr. Todd Rose, Renee provides comprehensive spine care to patients at the 3787 Shipyard Boulevard, Wilmington office and the Brunswick Forest office in Leland, North Carolina.

Wall received her undergraduate degree in Experiential Education from Prescott College in Arizona, and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine in Portland.

Through five locations in Wilmington, Jacksonville and Leland, OrthoWilmington provides comprehensive orthopaedic services, specialties and technologies to patients throughout southeastern North Carolina. OrthoWilmington’s extensive medical team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in hand & upper extremity, sports medicine, foot & ankle, spine, hip, knee and shoulder joint replacement & reconstruction, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and trauma. The group also provides AccessOrtho a walk in orthopaedic urgent care for non-acute injuries at the 2716 Ashton Drive office.

For more information, including patient education resources, visit orthowilmington.com. Please call 910-332-3800 for an appointment.

OrthoWilmington 5k Race benefits Girls on the Run and STRIDE

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The Wilmington Family YMCA is pleased to announce the OrthoWilmington 5k Race will be held Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 am at the First Baptist Activity Center, 1939 Independence Blvd. All parking will be at Independence Mall. This race is presented by the Wilmington Family YMCA to benefit the Girls on the Run and STRIDE Program, and is generously sponsored by OrthoWilmington.

Walkers and runners of all ages are invited to join in this 5k celebration. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Girls on the Run is a preventative outreach program that uses the power of running to help prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. This innovative health education and wellness program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle for girls in grades 3rd-8th.

STRIDE, like Girls on the Run, is a 10 week running program, but for boys in grades 3rd-6th that focuses on fun, fitness and character development. The boys are also given the opportunity to talk with each other and their coaches about issues they are facing at school, in sports, in the community and at home. During the 10 weeks, the curriculum covers topics that are designed to help develop excellent character; Success, Teamwork, Respect, Inspiration, Determination= Excellence in Character.

The Girls on the Run and STRIDE Council of Coastal Carolina consist of 88 teams in 8 counties; New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Sampson and Columbus County. This spring season the YMCA is providing Girls on the Run and STRIDE to about 1,100 boys and girls.

This will be OrthoWilmington’s 6th year partnering with the Wilmington Family YMCA to sponsor the race and this year’s race expects 500 community participants and close to 600 girls and boys. OrthoWilmington continues to be a wonderful community partner and all involved are eagerly anticipating the race.

Other sponsors for the race include: The Pediatric Center, PPD, Century 21 Sweyer & Associates, Hometown Wilmington Media, Dimmock and Weinberg Pediatric Dentistry, New Balance, Morvil Advertising & Design Group, First Citizens Bank, and Chick-fil-A.

Race will start at 8:00am. Packet Pick-Up will be at OrthoWilmington’s Shipyard location (3787 Shipyard Blvd.) on Friday, May 17th from 4-6 PM. For more info contact Krystal Warner at the YMCA at 251-9622 ext 266.

 

OrthoWilmington Adds Hand Surgeon To Brunswick Forest Office

dr craig rineer, orthopedics wilmington Fellowship-trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery north carolinaMarch 8, 2013—Wilmington, NC—OrthoWilmington, the regional leader in comprehensive orthopaedic care, is pleased to announce the addition of another subspecialty to their Brunswick Forest office.

Fellowship-trained in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery, Craig A. Rineer, MD, will begin offering this highly specialized care to Brunswick County residents at the 1333 South Dickinson Drive, Leland location on March 15, 2013. Dr. Rineer will perform diagnosis and treatment for most hand conditions, including osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, hand and wrist fractures, trigger finger, ganglion cysts and nerve injuries. OrthoWilmington is also adding certified hand therapy at this location.

Dr. Rineer joins several other OrthoWilmington physicians and physician assistants who see patients in the Brunswick Forest office, including board-certified, fellowship-trained experts in sports medicine, joint replacement and reconstruction, and spine. These credentials are among the highest attainable in the orthopaedic medical profession.

Through five locations in Wilmington, Jacksonville and Leland, OrthoWilmington provides comprehensive orthopaedic services, specialties and technologies to patients throughout southeastern North Carolina. OrthoWilmington?s extensive medical team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in hand & upper extremity, sports medicine, foot & ankle, spine, joint replacement & reconstruction, physical medicine & rehabilitation, and trauma.

OrthoWilmington offers comprehensive orthopaedic services, specialties and technologies to patients throughout southeastern North Carolina, with locations in Wilmington, Jacksonville and Leland. The extensive medical team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in a variety of subspecialties, including spine, sports medicine, joint replacement & reconstruction, hand & upper extremity, foot & ankle, and trauma. In addition to surgical specialties, PM&R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians offer non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions.

Please call 910-332-3800 for an appointment.

Contact: Jennifer Loper
OrthoWilmington, P.A.
910-332-1507
Jennifer.Loper@orthowilmington.com

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OrthoWilmington CEO Earns Fellow Status In Prestigious National Society

January 24, 2013—Wilmington, NC—OrthoWilmington Chief Executive Officer Stephen L. DeBiasi, FACHE, CMPE, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders, particularly hospitals and healthcare systems.

“Because healthcare management ultimately affects the people in our communities, it is critical to have a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization,” says Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and simultaneously earning board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders can show that they are committed to providing high-quality service to their patients and community.”

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development, with only 7,500 healthcare executives holding this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional / community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and must undergo recertification every three years.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Membership at (312) 424-9400 or contact@ache.org, or visit ache.org/FACHE.

OrthoWilmington offers comprehensive orthopaedic services, specialties and technologies to patients throughout southeastern North Carolina, with locations in Wilmington, Jacksonville and Leland. The extensive medical team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in a variety of subspecialties, including spine, sports medicine, joint replacement & reconstruction, hand & upper extremity, foot & ankle, and trauma. In addition to surgical specialties, PM&R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians offer non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions.

The American College of Healthcare Executives is an international professional society of more than 30,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

ACHE is known for its prestigious FACHE® credential, signifying board certification in healthcare management, and its educational programs including the annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership, which draws more than 4,000 participants each year. ACHE’s established network of more than 80 chapters provides access to networking, education and career development at the local level. Through such efforts, ACHE works toward its goal of being the premier professional society for healthcare executives dedicated to improving healthcare delivery.

Contact: Jennifer Loper
OrthoWilmington, P.A.
910-332-1507
Jennifer.Loper@orthowilmington.com

Click here to download a PDF of this press release.

 

OrthoWilmington Performs Pro-Bono Surgeries as Part of Operation Walk USA

January 8, 2013—Wilmington, NC—OrthoWilmington, the region’s largest orthopaedic practice, is proud to announce their participation in Operation Walk USA, a humanitarian organization that provides free hip and knee replacements for patients who cannot afford the surgery.

The four physicians of OrthoWilmington who specialize in joint replacement are joining the efforts of surgeons nationwide to perform these pro-bono surgeries. Although the official date for Operation Walk USA - 2012 was December 7, OrthoWilmington will continue to perform free joint replacement surgeries for previously selected patients over the next four to five months.

The most common cause of disability in the United States, arthritic disease now affects 46 million Americans, or more than 21 percent of the adult population. Damage to the joints caused by arthritis or injury creates debilitating swelling and stiffness. Joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged bone in the joint with plastic or metal. After surgery and rehabilitation, patients can expect an increase in mobility, range of motion and overall comfort.

Unfortunately, joint replacement surgeries are financially out of reach for many under-insured and uninsured people. According to their website, Operation Walk USA assists US citizens and permanent residents who do not qualify for government assistance programs by harnessing a national network of volunteer hospitals, physicians, nurses and physical therapists who are passionate about their work and willing to assist with this effort.

At the local level, OrthoWilmington is teaming up with New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its orthopedic specialty facility, Cape Fear Hospital, to provide qualified patients with surgical experts, anesthesia teams, operating rooms and specialized staff.

“Joint pain can affect so many aspects of a person’s everyday life,” explained Shawn B. Hocker, MD, one of the participating surgeons with OrthoWilmington who is fellowship-trained in joint replacement. “It is our mission to help our patients regain their ability to live and move without pain. This effort will provide that freedom for selected patients who otherwise could not afford joint replacement surgery.”

The physicians who make up OrthoWilmington’s joint team include: Walter W. Frueh, MD; Shawn B. Hocker, MD; and Scott Q. Hannum, MD.

OrthoWilmington offers comprehensive orthopaedic services, specialties and technologies to patients throughout southeastern North Carolina, with locations in Wilmington, Jacksonville and Leland. The extensive medical team includes fellowship-trained and board-certified experts in a variety of subspecialties, including spine, sports medicine, joint replacement & reconstruction, hand & upper extremity, foot & ankle, and trauma. In addition to surgical specialties, PM&R (physical medicine & rehabilitation) physicians offer non-surgical treatment options for musculoskeletal conditions.

Contact: Jennifer Loper
OrthoWilmington, P.A.
910-332-1507
Jennifer.Loper@orthowilmington.com

Click here to download a PDF of this press release.

 

OrthoWilmington welcomes New Spine Specialist Todd Rose, MD to the Spine Center

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Wilmington, NC - October 8, 2010 - OrthoWilmington a regional referral center for orthopedics and spine is pleased to welcome Todd Rose, MD to their group practice.

Dr. Rose is board-certified in orthopedic surgery. He earned his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine and completed an internship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Rose completed his residency in Orthopedics at Duke University. He recently completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at the Spine Institute of Arizona. Dr. Rose has been awarded multiple academic awards and served as the Chief of Orthopedics in 2007 at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Click here to read the complete media release.

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Shawn B. Hocker, MD - Local Surgeon Shawn B. Hocker, Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Wilmington, NC - September 25, 2008 – Dr. Shawn B. Hocker of OrthoWilmington, PA has been Board Certified in the medical specialty of orthopaedics by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (A.B.O.S.). Dr. Hocker successfully completed a comprehensive oral and written examination given by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Click here to read the complete media release.

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OrthoWilmington, PA achieves MGMA ‘better performer’ status

WILMINGTON, NC, February 11, 2008 – The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Performance and Practices of Successful Medical Groups: 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data identified OrthoWilmington, PA as a “better performer” because of superior operational performance compared with similar medical group practices nationwide. Click here to read the complete media release.

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Past Events and Charities

Wilmington Arthritis Walk - October 22, 2011

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OrthoWilmington and Carolina Arthritis are proud sponsors of the Wilmington Arthritis Walk taking place on Saturday, October 22 at Hugh MacRae Park.

Finishline Sponsor of the Fittest Execs Contest to promote a healthy lifestyle

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OrthoWilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina is proud to be a Finishline Sponsor of the Fittest Execs Contest to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The Fittest Execs competition is a fun way for executives and their teams to get healthy — thin yourself while fattening the bottom line!

Wilmington Arthritis 5K Run and Walk

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OrthoWilmington and Carolina Arthritis Associates invite you to join their teams or create your own for the 5K Run and Walk for Arthritis.

OrthoWilmington is a proud sponsor of the Wilmington, North Carolina Arthritis 5K Run and Walk event scheduled for Saturday, October 23 2010, Arbor Park at Autumn Hall.

OrthoWilmington is proud to be the presenting sponsor and to support the following 5K Run Events & Charities:

Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides 5K Run
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Location: Mayfaire Town Center
Charity: The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The 2010 Wilma Women's Only 5K Walk/Run
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Location: Around Historic downtown Wilmington
Charity: The American Heart Association

The First Annual Duathlon at Brunswick Forest
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Location: Brunswick Forest Development
Charity: Step Up for Soldiers

First Annual Brunswick Forest Duathlon Race
sponsored by OrthoWilmington, PA
Proceeds to benefit Step Up for Soldiers

On Sunday, May 23rd at 8am over 175 men and women participated in the First Annual Brunswick Forest Duathlon Event sponsored by OrthoWilmington, PA with proceeds benefiting the Step Up for Soldiers charity organization. Step Up For Soldiers remodels entire homes for injured vets and helps returning injured military veterans re-adjust to life with physical challenges brought on by war. OrthoWilmington has been treating injured marines and their families for over 12 years through its Jacksonville, NC satellite office and recently opened a new office within Brunswick Forest in April. The race a 5K run, 10K bike, and 2 mile run course was the first Duathlon to be held in the area. The event took place throughout the beautiful development of Brunswick Forest. Drs. Shawn Hocker and Robert Boswell two of the sports medicine specialists at OrthoWilmington participated in the event as well as Physical Therapy Supervisorcyclist at duathlon sponsored by OrthoWilmington north carolina, orthopedic center wilmington, orthopedic center leland, orthopedic center wilmington, orthopedic center jacksonville, orthopedic center brunswick forest, orthopedic center porters neck, jorthopedic center charleston, orthopedic center morehead city Greg Burnett and Chris Johnson, PT. OrthoWilmington also provided a water stop station with Erica Bradshaw, Nancy Clark and Jennifer Loper passing out Gatorade and water and words of encouragement to the race participants. OrthoWilmington, PA was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the first ever Duathlon event along with the Brunswick Forest community.

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