Greater Tulsa Reporter
NEW AFFILIATION: Central States Orthopedics (CSO) and Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center (EOOC) recently announced their merger to form Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma. Pictured are Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma COO David Long, left, and CFO Jeff Smith.
Two of Tulsa’s most established and innovative orthopedic groups recently joined to form Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma. The affiliation, between Central States Orthopedics (CSO) and Eastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center (EOOC), will combine the strengths of both organizations to allow them to better serve patients in the Tulsa and surrounding communities. The larger group is now comprised of 29 physicians whose collective goal is to continue to provide superior patient care and service.
Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma differs from most groups of its kind, which are typically affiliated with a hospital system, often resulting in less autonomy in patient care. By preserving the independence of the group, the organization can focus on a patient-centered approach and the doctor-patient relationship.
Over 15 years ago, physicians from both CSO and EOOC partnered with other local specialists to form Oklahoma Surgical Hospital, which has been nationally recognized as a leader in the delivery of quality, personalized health care. Oklahoma Surgical Hospital is the only hospital in Tulsa and one of 102 hospitals in the nation to receive a 5-Star rating from Medicare. They have been ranked by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement, along with receiving 5-star ratings for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and Spinal Fusion Surgery. CareChex, a division of Quartos, Inc., ranks Oklahoma Surgical Hospital in the top 1 percent in the nation and first in the state for Major Orthopedic Surgery. Oklahoma Surgical Hospital is also ranked 2nd in the nation for the lowest readmission rate following hip and knee surgery by Medicare.
The goal of the affiliation of the CSO and EOOC is much the same as their efforts with Oklahoma Surgical Hospital: to create and maintain a quality and cost-effective approach to orthopedic care combined with a personalized approach to the health care experience.
David Long, COO of Advanced Orthopedics, feels the affiliation will have a positive outcome for both organizations as well as for the patients they serve. “We believe an affiliation of our practices strengthens the opportunities for growth through the development and enhancement of services, while improving the overall patient experience,” says Long.
Jeff Smith, CFO of Advanced Orthopedics, states that a primary goal of the affiliation is to serve the needs of their ever-growing client base. The combining of expertise ensures patients receive the right care in a timely manner. “Together, we offer the most comprehensive musculoskeletal care in Northeast Oklahoma,” says Smith.
The group will continue to operate at most local hospitals, allowing patients a variety of options to work with their insurance plans. And, despite the name change, patients will continue to receive the same care they’ve come to know and trust from both groups. Patients will notice little difference, with phone numbers and locations remaining the same until a full integration which is expected to occur over the next two years.
For more information about the merger, visit advancedorthook.com.