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Growing number of patients choose OrthoIllinois as health care partner

Posted on: December 14th, 2018 by Don Schreiner CEO

The northern Illinois region is increasingly being recognized as a destination for health care, and OrthoIllinois is a proud member of that developing landscape.

There are multiple hospitals, specialty providers, health care clinics, medical colleges and universities, and nonprofits located in our various communities. These organizations employ thousands of people, they train providers and they care for our citizens.

OrthoIllinois, as it is known today, was founded in 1967. We have cared for individuals with orthopedic needs for more than five decades in the Rockford area. Today, our extraordinary subspecialized physicians are recognized across all of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin for their exceptional care and expertise.

We have grown and changed just as health care as an industry has shifted. Investing in new technology has been a priority, as has training our providers in the latest procedures and minimally invasive techniques to return patients to pain-free and active lifestyles sooner.

Consumers of health care services are demanding better quality and more cost-effective, convenient care. In response to those well-deserved demands, OrthoIllinois expanded beyond Rockford to the Chicago suburbs of Huntley and Crystal Lake. This year, we opened a new comprehensive specialty clinic in Algonquin, and, just last February, we announced that Elgin-based Associates in Orthopaedic Surgery was merging with our organization in June.

Growth is a priority to meet increasing demand. Consider some of these statistics from the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative regarding the prevalence of musculoskeletal issues related to bones, joints and muscles:

– 1 in 2 adults are affected with musculoskeletal issues, more than twice the rate of chronic heart and lung conditions.
– $874 billion is the annual U.S. cost estimate for treatment and lost wages.
– The most prevalent conditions are arthritis, back and neck pain, osteoporosis, and injuries from sprains, fractures, and accidents in the workplace, daily living, and recreational activities.

As you can see, the needs are great, and OrthoIllinois has worked hard to become true orthopedic specialists, reaching patients from Rockford to Rochelle, Dixon to DeKalb, and Wisconsin to the Chicago suburbs of Elgin, Algonquin, and McHenry.

Our most recent market analysis shows a growing demand for all subspecialty musculoskeletal care, and OrthoIllinois is in a constant recruitment mode to recruit the best of the best which meet the needs of our demographic analysis for Northern Illinois. OrthoIllinois now has 38 orthopedic subspecialties, including foot and ankle, hand and elbow, hip and knee, pediatric, surgical sports medicine, neuro/spine, and trauma, along with non-surgical physicians in rheumatology, PM&R, and family practice sports medicine subspecialties for primary musculoskeletal services.