OSMS may be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this month, but we have a much longer history of providing orthopedic and rheumatologic care to the community.
Let’s take a look at our history.
More than 50 years ago, there were two independent, physician-owned orthopedic clinics in Green Bay. One was Orthopaedic Associates of Green Bay and the other was Green Bay Orthopedics. For decades these two practices worked in the same city as separate businesses, but both were comprised of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons who valued their independent, physician-owned structure and the benefits it brought to their patients.
In 2004, Green Bay Orthopedics added rheumatology to their practice to better serve the musculoskeletal needs of the community.
A few years later, the two practices recognized that their philosophies of care and the skill level of their physicians aligned. Both groups also had a vision of providing their patients with comprehensive (one-stop shop) care for bone, muscle, and joint conditions and injuries. They decided that the best way to achieve this large patient experience goal was to work together.
In January 2008, the two practices officially joined forces as OSMS: Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay, but they still operated out of two separate buildings. To achieve their goal of a one-stop shop for bone, muscle, and joint care, the next logical step was to move into one location. And at this new location, the physicians wanted to create a full-service clinic that included orthopedics, rheumatology, X-ray, MRI, infusion therapy, and an outpatient surgery center. Two years later – in 2010 – the Lime Kiln Road building opened with all of these services and more!
Since 2008, the OSMS physician team has grown to 15, with 11 orthopedic surgeons and four rheumatologists. In addition to our Green Bay clinic, we now own and operate a rheumatology and infusion therapy clinic in Appleton. We’ve also expanded our outpatient surgery capabilities to include total joint replacements.
With all of this growth over the past 10 years, one thing has remained constant – our firm belief that being a physician-owned practice allows us to provide the best possible patient experience. Here’s why from two of our physicians:
“Practicing in an independent orthopedic clinic allows me to provide medical care that serves the best interest of my patients without the influence of a larger administrative entity. In this setting, I can provide higher quality care at a lower price for my patients.” – Dr. Steve Schechinger
“Being a physician-owned practice enables us to advocate for our patients and make management decisions that are best for our patients. We can truly have a patient focus and can discuss issues with other physicians to reach the best answer, instead of reporting to a non-clinical administrative team. This model of care has been proven to provide low cost, high quality care.” – Dr. Walker Flannery
Watch this video to learn even more about our capabilities and see why we are passionate about being OSMS!