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Hoag Orthopedic Institute In The News

02/25/2013

Hoag Orthopedic Institute and its highly skilled staff have been featured in the news on numerous occasions… and we don’t mind, because we have a lot to say!

Take a look at just a few of the most recent media placements featuring HOI and its team.

Dr. Michael Shepard, an orthopedic surgeon with specialty in sports medicine at Hoag Orthopedic Institute offered some tips on avoiding mountain biking accidents. About.com caught up with Dr. Shepard, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty in sports medicine and had him address the most common cycling aches, pains and injuries.

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Dr. Michael Gordon was featured in the OC Register and offered tips on keeping your back pain free when wearing backpacks. According to Dr. Gordon, a spine specialist, “The misuse of backpacks has kids sharing stories of aches and pains common to adult conversations: low back pain, pinched nerves on the shoulders and arms, pulled muscles, and strains.” Click the button below to read all of his tips.

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Dr. Larry Wellikson, MD, CEO of SHM gave HOI a nod for its best practices in managing the customer care experience. “Hoag, a health network near my home in Orange County, Calif., has brought this approach to orthopedic care… They have narrowed their protocols for pre- and post-op care, and now do same-day joint replacements with lower complication rates and better return-to-activity results at lower costs. And trust me, the orthopedists at Hoag were as independent as any physicians you might run into. The demands of the new payor models and competition to provide consumers (i.e. patients) with a 21st-century experience pushed, pulled, and prodded these orthopedists, and an enlightened hospital leadership, to rise to the challenges.”

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Hoag Drs. Carlos Prietto, Alan Beyer and David Kruse were featured in an article on their contributions on the sidelines for local sports teams. It’s the law that a California high school or college game cannot be played without a medical presence. “Someone with a M.D. behind his name,” said Dr. Alan Beyer, executive medical director of Hoag Orthopedic Institute. On Friday night in Orange County a couple of dozen doctors fan out to join the teams they’ve adopted, and on Saturdays some of them will pick up community college or small college games.

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Dr. James Caillouette commented on employer driven bundled payment deals. This year, grocery giant Kroger Co. has flown nearly two dozen workers to Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine and several other hospitals across the U.S. for hip, knee or spinal-fusion surgeries in an effort to save money and improve care. Dr. Caillouette, surgeon in chief at the 70-bed Hoag Orthopedic Institute and an advocate for bundled payments since 2008, said not every patient is a suitable candidate for this arrangement.

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Dr. Kruse told the OC Register that he “is torn” when watching sports games like the Super Bowl. He’s not ashamed to say it, albeit slowly and loaded with obvious reservation: “Yes, I am a football fan. I grew up a football fan.” But Dr. Kruse is also concerned and conflicted. As we all should be. At least a little bit. Kruse treats ailing, hobbled and sore athletes across all sports as the concussion specialist for the Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine and a primary care sports medicine specialist at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange.

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Gabby White’s article on medical travel in orthopedics. Gabrielle White, RN, CASC, Executive Director, Ambulatory Services & Network Development at Hoag Orthopedic Institute discussed traveling in order to reach orthopedic care with Medical Travel Today. At (HOI) and its subsidiary, Orthopedic Surgery Center of Orange County (OSC), there is a slow and steady stream of patients who travel for surgery — some from as far away as Alaska and, occasionally, from overseas. For HOI and its two surgery centers, OSC and Main Street Specialty Surgery Center (MSSSC), the volume of orthopedic procedures performed in 2012 reached over 10,700, making HOI the largest center for orthopedic care delivery in California.

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Dr. Russ Petrie shares tips on working out in cold weather. In the last few weeks, Orange County has experienced a huge swing in temperatures, from mornings in the 30s to near 80-degree days. Has this caused your exercise routine to be out of whack? Doctor Russell S. Petrie from the Hoag Orthopedic Institute offers some great tips on how to safely maintain an active lifestyle despite the shift in temperatures. Dr. Petrie, who specializes in sports-related knee and shoulder injuries, reminds those getting back on the exercise wagon to do a quick assessment beforehand.

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