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April 28, 2013

New facility in Indiana offers a one-stop shop for patients

INDIANA — The newest facility at Indiana Regional Medical Center consolidates all musculoskeletal specialities and support programs in one 40,000-square-foot building.

The Human Motion Institute opened in October as a joint venture of the hospital and its orthopedic surgery physicians’ group, Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

“All of the physicians in this building have something to do with bones, joints, muscles and ligaments,” Director Tracey Missien said. “We are creating a center of excellence here, centered on the expertise of all the providers.”

Services include foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, joint replacement and reconstruction, rehabilitation, spine care, sports medicines and physical, speech and occupational therapies.

Medical team members include orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, a neurosurgeon specializing in spine care and a physiatrist, also known as a rehabilitation physician.  

The vision for the new Human Motion Institute grew, in part, out of the hospital’s and doctors’ longstanding relationships with Indiana University of Pennsylvania and its sports teams. The Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has been the official team doctor for several of the Crimson Hawks teams.

The new consolidated program will enhance that relationship and improve care for the entire community, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Craig McKirgan said.

“We believe that the proximity of the building to (the hospital) and IUP will significantly improve patient access to multiple providers for nonsurgical and surgical services and will give the community more reason to stay local for care,” McKirgan said.

The hospital has been working toward the new facility for several years, spokesman Mark Richards said.

“We teamed with our orthopedic surgeons to make things happen,” Richards said. “It’s a labor of love.”

In addition to the medical procedure areas, the institute features an 8,000-square-foot rehabilitation fitness center and AquaCiser underwater treadmill, Missien said.

“We do a couple of special things in this rehab center that you don’t always find,” Missien said. “We have pediatric rehabilitation and a lymphedema program.”

Lymphedema is swelling in limbs from excess fluids because of a blockage in the lymphatic system. The condition can be caused by infection, cancer and inherited conditions, but is often associated with scar tissue from radiation therapy or surgical removal of lymph nodes during cancer treatment.

Properly supervised exercise programs can reduce and prevent lymphedema.

For patients, the new institute represents a one-stop diagnostic and treatment center in a central location with accessible, free parking, Missien said.

“They really like the convenience,” Missien said. “We are busy. It has been very well received.”

For the hospital, the institute represents an important growth area, said Stephen Wolfe, Indiana Regional’s president and CEO.

“The Human Movement Institute is our biggest initiative this year,” Wolfe said. “Orthopedics is one of the fastest growing areas throughout the country.”

Along with the Center for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, the hospital enlisted Accelero Health Partners of Canonsburg  to design the program under Accelero’s Human Motion Institute brand.

Accelero describes the blend of services as “a unique program offering a comprehensive treatment continuum of care within a highly integrated health care delivery network. Our goal is simple: To return our patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible.

“To reach this goal, the medical professionals at the Human Motion Institute enlist a comprehensive, leading edge approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries.”

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