By Anne Polta, West Central Tribune, Monday, March 24 –WILLMAR — A newly formed joint venture between Rice Memorial Hospital and Affiliated Community Medical Centers to strengthen local orthopedic surgery services is off to a strong start. A locum tenens surgeon arrived at the beginning of March and is performing surgeries as well as filling some of the gaps in the on-call schedule, officials with Rice and ACMC said this week.
“He has a very wide repertoire of cases he can do. He has done several cases already,” said Mike Schramm, chief executive of Rice Hospital. The Willmar Medical Services joint venture also is close to bringing in a second locum tenens orthopedic surgeon who is expected to arrive in June.
When that happens, there will be “the equivalent of an additional full-time orthopedic surgeon in the community,” Schramm said. “That’s going to be a good thing.” The orthopedic surgery joint venture was created earlier this year to help stabilize and strengthen local care for orthopedic surgery services. Read the full story… WCTrib.com