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Metro Health Partners with OAM to Form West Michigan’s Largest, Most Comprehensive Sports Medicine Practice

OAMMetrologoBuilding on a relationship established in 2010, Metro Health announced today that it is further expanding its partnership with Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan to establish OAM/Metro Sports Medicine.

In what will be the most comprehensive sports medicine program in West Michigan, OAM/Metro Sports Medicine will treat athletes at all levels of competition, as well as weekend warriors, student athletes and others focused on maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle. Services provided will include:
• Evaluation and treatment of sports injuries
• Diagnostic ultrasounds, digital X-rays, MRIs and other tests, including concussion testing
• Physical and massage therapy
• Nutrition counseling
• Application and removal of casts
• Surgical consultations and follow-up care
• Gait analysis and orthotics

OAM/Metro Sports Medicine is one of the largest practice of its kind in the state and includes:
• Six fellowship-trained, board-certified primary care sports medicine physicians
• Five fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons
• Numerous physical therapists and athletic trainers.

Services for everything from concussion testing, knee injuries and ACL tears to sprains, broken bones and golfer’s elbow will be available at six locations throughout West Michigan, including the new state-of-the-art OAM Metro Sports Medicine Center in the Spartan Stores YMCA in Wyoming.

“We are so pleased to expand our relationship with OAM by establishing the region’s best and most comprehensive sports medicine practice,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “This partnership builds on a growing number of similar relationships for Metro Health, demonstrating our commitment to serving the community by partnering with the best providers.

“As with everything we do, the OAM/Metro Sports Medicine practice takes a holistic approach to treat body, mind and spirit. Our team approach to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries allows for the best patient experience and outcomes.”

OAM and Metro Health initiated a partnership in 2010 to provide outpatient surgical services at the Metro Health OAM Surgery Center at MidTowne in downtown Grand Rapids—the only single-specialty orthopaedic outpatient surgical center in Michigan. Today, they provide orthopaedic outpatient surgery to almost 5,000 patients each year in four surgical suites at this facility.

In 2013, OAM and Metro Health partnered again to establish an orthopaedic center of excellence in West Michigan. Together, the organizations deliver evidence-based, outcome-driven, quality outpatient and inpatient orthopaedic care to the community.

“We are incredibly pleased to partner with Metro Health to establish OAM/Metro Sports Medicine,” said Patrick Reid, CEO at OAM. “This new practice brings together two established leaders in sports medicine to deliver the best patient experience.

“Our goal is to provide the best access to care to keep athletes active and healthy, while working to prevent and treat sports injuries with skill, knowledge and compassion. We take a team approach to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries that allows for the best patient outcomes.”

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan is the largest orthopaedic practice in Michigan, with more than 30 orthopaedic surgeons trained in seven subspecialty areas within the field of orthopaedic medicine, including foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, spine, joint, trauma, sports medicine and physical medicine.

Metro Health and OAM have worked alongside one another, yet independently, for more than 15 years to provide coverage for more than 18 high schools, colleges and professional teams, including the Grand Rapids Griffins, in West Michigan. They are also involved in annually staffing and covering more than 25 race events, marathons and the Meijer State Games.

About Metro Health
An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and student health clinics at Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College. With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more. Visit us www.metrohealth.net, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.

About Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan is widely recognized as the regional leader in comprehensive orthopaedic services. Our practice includes eight specialized centers, staffed by more than 30 highly skilled orthopedic surgeons and supported by scores of clinical specialists. The physicians of OAM have received specialized training in orthopaedic surgery and in subspecialty areas within the field of orthopaedic medicine and can diagnose and treat even the most complicated and rare orthopaedic conditions. The physicians are supported by a professional staff of physician assistants, registered nurses, athletic, physical and occupational therapists, cast room and X-ray technicians, and administrative personnel. Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan provides total orthopedic care — from diagnosis, to surgical and nonsurgical intervention, to rehabilitation therapy and wellness. We help those who suffer from bone disease, bone pain, or traumatic injury quickly get back to life and work. Talk to us about how we can help with a complete range of care from head to toe, from pediatrics to adults.

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