Proliance Surgeons Select Mark Barnhart as Chief Executive Officer
Mark Barnhart comes to Proliance at a key juncture in its evolution and maturation, with a wide breadth of executive leadership experience in physician practices, hospital systems and managed healthcare operations.
SEATTLE – February 7, 2019 – Proliance Surgeons announced that its board of directors has appointed Mark Barnhart as the organization’s new chief executive officer, effective February 1, 2019. Barnhart comes to Proliance at a key juncture in its evolution and maturation, with a wide breadth of executive leadership experience in physician practices, hospital systems and managed healthcare operations.
“With Proliance in the strong position that it is, we feel it is the perfect time to appoint an experienced leader like Mark to be this organization’s next CEO,” said Dr. Charles Peterson II, who served as interim CEO at Proliance while the organization conducted its search. “Mark is completely aligned with our quest to build an even stronger, more cohesive and successful organization, and we are excited to introduce him to our local and regional business partners and healthcare colleagues in the months to come.”
Barnhart has more than 32 years of healthcare industry experience, having served in both managed care and health system management roles during his career. Most recently, Barnhart served as a vice president for seven years at Community Health Systems (CHS), one of the largest publicly-traded hospital companies in the U.S. and a leading operator of general acute-care hospitals in communities across the country. Mark has led CHS’ value-based healthcare initiatives in 15 accountable care organizations and bundled payments across 20 states and 120 hospitals.
Prior to his work at CHS, Barnhart served for 10 years as chief operating officer for the physician practices at two academic medical centers: West Penn Allegheny Health System, which has more than 600 physicians, and Ohio State University, with more than 800 physicians. In these roles, Barnhart led initiatives that focused on creating medical cost savings while improving the care it is providing patients, a priority that he is taking with him to his new role at Proliance.
“Proliance delivers extraordinary value to its patients and the companies it serves in Washington by increasing the quality of healthcare for patients while reducing overall medical costs for all,” said Barnhart. “I am excited to begin helping our physician leaders and staff in their efforts to innovate while expanding our market position to provide even greater value to consumers in the Seattle area.”
“Proliance has an incredibly robust history in the Pacific Northwest and adding Barnhart to our executive team is going to bring another layer of perspective to help guide our path forward in the future,” said Dr. Peterson. “We’re very confident Proliance has the right leadership to drive us forward while making a meaningful impact on the people we serve and the organizations we choose to partner with on a daily basis.”
The intensive leadership search and interview process that led to Barnhart’s hire was successfully conducted by a hand-picked search committee and the Proliance board of directors, with the help of executive recruitment firm Korn-Ferry.
“I look forward to contributing to the strategic journey for Proliance in the coming years. After all, it is the physicians and their staff who are improving patient lives and it’s my job as CEO to help make their job easier. We are looking forward to growing Proliance’s footprint and awareness throughout the Puget Sound region, Washington State and beyond,” said Barnhart.
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About Proliance Surgeons
A physician-owned-and-managed company, Proliance Surgeons (https://www.proliancesurgeons.com) is one of the largest surgical practices in the country with more than 458 providers including 245 board-certified physicians, providing treatment at 38 Care Centers and 23 Ambulatory Surgery Centers in Washington. The organization’s range of specialties include: Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Pain Management, Sports Medicine and Physiatry. More than 50,000 outpatient surgeries are performed annually in the organizations’ ASCs, where quality is excellent and costs are typically lower, with faster recovery times than in traditional hospitals. In 2018, Proliance physicians had more than one million patient visits. Its unique in-house business model combines cutting-edge clinical expertise with innovation to bring patients a new kind of healthcare that puts them in the driver’s seat, reducing rehabilitation time and medical costs.
Proliance Surgeons is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This October, Proliance Surgeons is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.
Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
This year, Proliance was a sponsor of the 25th anniversary Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure. Komen Puget Sound is largest private funder of mammograms for low-income and uninsured women in Washington State. The Race for the Cure raised funds toward the goal of reducing the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.
Learn more about Susan G. Komen Puget Sound and how you can support breast cancer awareness and research into breast cancer's cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure here.
Find Breast Cancer Resources at the National Breast Cancer Foundation website, including: Healthy Living & Personal Risk Guide, 3 Steps To Early Detection and more.
For more information on our surgeons and services, please visit Breast Services or call:
Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation and Healthfinder.gov
Vitreoretinal Associates of Washington changes name to Proliance Retina
Vitreoretinal Associates of Washington is changing names to Proliance Retina on September 1st. Their fellowship-trained vitreoretinal surgeons will continue to offer the same level of care you have come to expect.
Volunteers from Proliance care center prepared 6,468 meals for local food banks
Bellevue Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic staff sorted food items donated to Food Lifeline for delivery to Seattle food banks.
Seattle, WA — On Saturday, April 14, volunteers from Bellevue Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic sorted food items donated to Food Lifeline for delivery to Seattle food banks. The volunteers prepared 6,468 meals during the two-hour volunteer project. The event was coordinated by medical assistant Cindy Price.
Ronald Gregush, MD, a Proliance Surgeons physician, has partnered with SwiftPath to provide joint replacements in an outpatient setting. Dr. Gregush is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at ProOrtho. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.
SwiftPath Program, LLC, which develops evidence-based, rapid recovery protocols vetted by experts that enable physicians to provide patients hip and knee replacements in an outpatient setting, welcomes Ronald Gregush, MD of ProOrtho, Kirkland, to the SwiftPath family of surgeons.
Historically, [hip and knee replacements] have been performed in a hospital setting, but the SwiftPath Method makes outpatient surgery an option by providing the protocols, methodology and technologies necessary for surgeons to operate successfully in an outpatient environment.
Rainier Orthopedic Institute launches SwiftPath joint replacement program
The SwiftPath program transforms joint replacement care by preparing patients for joint replacement surgery and selecting the ideal patients for outpatient surgery.
Rainier Orthopedic Institute just launched the SwiftPath Program and hosted their first JointCamp. The SwiftPath program helps to prepare patients for joint replacement surgery and select the ideal patients for outpatient surgery. Rainier Orthopedic Institute joins other Proliance care centers in utilizing this program.
Improving the process of outpatient joint replacement takes institutional commitment and the SwiftPath Program is their valued partner through this journey. Thank you to Dr. Steedman, Dr. Adams, [ROI] Administrator Teri Miller, JointCamp Instructor DeAnna Hungerland and the entire team at Rainier Orthopedic Institute.
"When you can show that patients are doing well, complications are low, patients are happier, and costs are less—those things matter to patients, insurers, employers and all stakeholders in this whole process," said Dr. Steedman.
The timing of this launch is especially good news considering the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is about to remove total knee arthroplasty from their inpatient only list. Read more about the rule change at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Over 50 Proliance physicians voted "Top Doctor" by peers
Seattle Met asks medical and nursing professionals in Western Washington: “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?”
Each year Seattle Met magazine asks medical and nursing professionals in Western Washington: "If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?" The 2017 edition includes 791 doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and more, across 100 specialties.
Voters nominated their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care.
We are honored to have over 60 of our physicians and physician assistants make the list from the following Proliance care centers:
The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has selected Puget Sound Orthopaedics for the 2017 Spotlight on Business Award.
Congratualtions to Puget Sound Orthopaedics! The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has selected Puget Sound Orthopaedics for the 2017 Spotlight on Business Award in the large business category. The chamber of commerce honors businesses who have set the standard for exemplary business practices. Puget Sound Orthopaedics received the award because of the outstanding contributions it makes to the local community.
John T. Parker, MD, is offering an innovative new therapy for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. The Inspire® upper airway stimulation system is a fully implantable nerve stimulator, which works to keep your airway from collapsing during sleep. Inspire is indicated for treatment of patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of CPAP therapy.
Inspire therapy works by implanting a small device under your skin. The device is placed in an outpatient procedure at our ASC, with no overnight stay involved. Once implanted, the device works by delivering minute electrical impulses to selected nerves innervating the tongue musculature to keep the airway open during sleep. You receive a remote control to activate the device during sleep and inactivate it while awake. Studies have shown the treatment to be highly effective in preventing airway obstruction and to be well tolerated by users. Over 1,600 patients throughout the United States have received Inspire implants.
Dr. Parker, who is board certified in otolaryngology, is the only physician in the state of Washington trained to offer Inspire therapy. Proliance is proud to be among the first to offer this treatment.
Proliance CEO meets with US Department of Health & Human Services
Dave Fitzgerald joined representatives from the Ambulatory Surgery Centers Association to discuss Medicare policies with HHS Counselor John Brooks.
Last week, Dave Fitzgerald, Proliance Surgeons CEO and Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) Government Affairs Committee Chairman, joined other select ASCA representatives to speak with John Brooks, the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Counselor for Health Policy. Brooks reports directly to HHS Secretary Tom Price.
During the meeting, they discussed how Medicare payment policies are impacting ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), including how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can "leverage the high-quality and cost-effective care that ASCs provide" by allowing ASCs to be reimbursed for the same procedures for which hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) are reimbursed through Medicare. ASCA representatives requested that reimbursement rates for ASCs be updated annually according to the same healthcare market basket that adjusts HOPD payments.
The meeting was very positive, and Mr. Brooks was receptive to our concerns. ASCA will continue to advocate for Medicare payment policies that will encourage the movement of services to ASCs and provide patients with access to our high-quality, lower-cost setting.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) is the national membership association that represents ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and provides advocacy and resources to assist ASCs in delivering high quality, cost-effective ambulatory surgery to all the patients they serve.
Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle selected as top surgeons
Seattle Met asks medical and nursing professionals in Western Washington: “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?”
Seattle Met asks medical and nursing professionals in Western Washington: “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?”
Congratulations to all orthopedic surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle! This year we are proud to announce that every surgeon and physician assistant at OSS earned a top spot in Seattle Met magazine's 2017 Top Doctors list. The complete Top Doctors list will be published in the August 2017 issue of Seattle Met magazine.
Seattle Met magazine and Professional Research Services are conducting Seattle Met’s 12th annual peer-review survey in the Seattle area to determine 2017’s Top Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants.
For the survey, medical and nursing professionals will be asked to nominate up to five physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants that they deem the best in their field of practice within King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce Counties. Practitioners may not vote for themselves.
To learn more about OSS physicians and staff, please visitwww.seattleortho.com or call 206-784-8833.
Meet the physicians joining Proliance from Northwest Women’s Healthcare and Seattle Obstetrics & Gynecology Group.
As of April 1, 2017, the obstetrics and gynecology specialty providers of Northwest Women’s Healthcare and Seattle Obstetrics & Gynecology Group will join Proliance Surgeons as Women's Health Alliance.
Need orthopedic surgery? An ambulatory surgery center may be your best bet
People needing orthopedic surgery increasingly find ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) a compelling alternative to hospitals.
A recent article in Becker’s ASC Review highlights how people needing orthopedic surgery increasingly find ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) a compelling alternative to hospitals. Unlike hospitals, ASCs offer same-day service—your surgery is performed in the morning and you’re home in the evening. ASCs are also often less expensive compared to hospitals, both for the insurance payer and for the patient.
At Proliance Surgeons, we’re especially prepared to meet the growing demand for same-day surgeries. With 21 ASCs located throughout the Puget Sound area, we’re close at hand regardless of where you live. Our facilities offer consistently safe and state-of-the-art surgical suites and some of the highest-ranked orthopedic surgeons in the country. Our surgeons are so highly rated, in fact, that eight of the top 10 knee replacement surgeons and six of the top 10 hip replacement surgeons in the U.S. are Proliance surgeons (as reported by MPIRICA Health, Inc.).
Dr. Laura Matsen Ko races to second-place finish at 2016 Jingle Bell Run
Proliance orthopedic surgeon finishes second in the women's category at annual event benefiting the Arthritis Foundation.
Congratulations to Laura Matsen Ko, MD for finishing in second place in the women's category at Seattle's 2016 Jingle Bell Run! The annual race benefits the Arthritis Foundation and champions arthritis research.
NPH USA transforms the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, healthcare and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for "Our Little Brothers and Sisters"). Together, we create families for life, helping children overcome poverty and teaching them the values of unconditional love, shared responsibility and helping others. NPH is currently raising more than 3,400 boys and girls in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
Dr. Clayton Brandes (POSM) (front row, second from right), his wife and guests at the Proliance table for the 2016 NPH USA Gala.
Proliance Surgeons was a Silver Sponsor for fundraisers benefiting the Swedish Medical Center Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation.
Celebrate Swedish – October 22, 2016
Proliance Surgeons was a Silver Sponsor for the 31st annual Celebrate Swedish event, a fundraiser benefiting the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. We helped to raise $6.1M for innovative research and patient care at Swedish.
The 8th Annual Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash Seattle – October 22, 2016
Proliance Surgeons was a Silver Arm Sponsor for the 8th annual Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash, a costume and black tie event that benefits the Arthritis Foundation. The purpose of the Bone Bash is to raise awareness about the prevalence and seriousness of arthritis, the disease, as well as raise funds to support mission driven programs. Funds raised support research to find a cure, funding for Kids’ Camps, provide public health/educational programs for those who have the disease, and continue their advocacy efforts in the community.
Proliance Director of Clinical Outcomes puts patient satisfaction scores in perspective
AHC Media asks Proliance what patient satisfaction scores really mean.
AHC Media spoke with William Fletcher, Director of Clinical Outcomes at Proliance Surgeons, about patient satisfaction scores in the article "Patient Satisfaction vs. Quality Scores: What They Really Mean." AHC Media provides current and unbiased content regarding clinical practice, scientific research, and healthcare management best practices. See below for an excerpt.
Sometimes patient satisfaction scores are not even an accurate measure of how patients perceive the hospital [or clinic], says William Fletcher, Director of Clinical Outcomes with Proliance Surgeons, a system of surgical practices based in Seattle. Unlike objective measures, a patient satisfaction score can be influenced easily, and usually in a negative way.
“We have found over and over again that the entire list of 25 questions on a patient satisfaction survey can be ruined if a patient has to wait 45 minutes in the waiting room,” Fletcher says. “To that patient, everything was miserable. The doctor was awful, the front office was awful, the back office was awful. Everything was awful because they had to wait 45 minutes.”
A long wait time is a valid complaint and has a place in measuring satisfaction, Fletcher says, but a problem like that can unreasonably affect the rest of the survey. The hospital needs to know that the patient was unhappy with the wait time, but it will be misled if the patient answered the other questions in a negative way out of anger.
“We have surgeons with the highest satisfaction scores I’ve ever seen, but their outcomes are not better than our other surgeons, at least not to any degree that the score would suggest,” Fletcher says. “And we have other surgeons who, for whatever reason, just bottom out on patient satisfaction scores — they get [low] scores — and yet they’re some of the best surgeons in the country.”
Fletcher also notes that patient satisfaction is different from patient-reported outcomes, in which patients are asked how they fared after surgery. That is a valid measure of quality, though it can be influenced by subjective assessments to a lesser degree than satisfaction surveys, Fletcher says. Proliance uses patient-reported outcomes as a key measure of quality.
Proliance also relies on data on quality outcomes from sources such as MPIRICA and ProPublica, a non-profit news organization that publishes information on hospital quality, mostly derived from Medicare data.
“With those sources, we can get a much more accurate understanding of the quality of our physicians than we could ever get by asking patients if they were satisfied with their wait time and if the nurse explained the medication,” Fletcher says.
Proliance Surgeons Foundation raises $50,000 at annual golf invitational
The money raised went to Friend's of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House.
On Friday, September 16, 2016, Proliance Surgeons Foundation presented its 6th Annual Golf Invitational at The Home Course in Dupont, WA. Proliance Surgeons Foundation raised $50,000 for Friend's of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House. The Fisher House supports America's military families in need.
Thank you to our sponsors and all that made the day a success!
Seattle Met partnered with the Professional Research Services survey company to poll health care practitioners licensed by the Washington State Department of Health in King, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, asking, “If you or a loved one needed care, whom would you choose?” Voters nominated their most esteemed peers based on years of experience, competency, rapport with patients, patient satisfaction and compliance with care recommendations, and ability to work effectively with colleagues across specialties to deliver the best patient care. The top vote recipients were vetted with the DOH to ensure good standing before inclusion on the list.
CEO of Proliance Surgeons speaks at congressional briefing
Healthcare Bluebook™ and the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association presented a study that found ASCs reduce outpatient surgery costs for commercially insured patients.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association presented a study at a Capitol Hill briefing on June 14, 2016. The study found that ASCs reduce outpatient surgery costs for commercially insured patients by $38 billion annually. Dave Fitzgerald, CEO of Proliance Surgeons, spoke during the briefing.
The analysis was conducted by Healthcare Bluebook™, a national provider of quality and cost data for healthcare services in partnership with HealthSmart®, the nation’s largest independent administrator of health plans for self‐funded employers. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA), representing the interests of more than 5,400 outpatient surgery centers, contributed technical assistance and expertise to the study.
Speaking for Healthcare Bluebook, chief executive officer Jeff Rice, said: “The analysis highlights how important it is for both employers and consumers to understand the large differences in local in-network prices. Both the employer and consumer can realize substantial savings by better utilizing the lower cost ASC providers in their existing networks. By using transparency tools like Bluebook, consumers can understand price differences, compare providers and get better value for their healthcare dollar.
William Prentice, chief executive officer of ASCA said, “The physicians and nurses providing care in ambulatory surgery centers, as well as the millions of patients they have treated, have long-known that ASCs provide a high-quality, low-cost site for outpatient procedures. This study is solid evidence that consumers, policymakers, insurers and employers need to take fuller advantage of the exceptional healthcare value offered by ASCs.
These changes should not inconvenience patients. Most of the providers will be in the same location and will maintain the same phone number. Noticeable changes will include changes to practice names as well as medical and billing forms.
Proliance Surgeons welcomes the following practices: Audiology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology (ENT), Podiatry and Urology.
We recently learned that a surgical technologist employed briefly at Lakewood Surgery Center during late 2011 has been accused of diverting injectable narcotics in California, Arizona and Colorado, and has been charged with criminal activity relating to this alleged diversion in Colorado. These events have raised concern that his actions could have potentially exposed patients to a blood borne pathogen, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.
We are working closely with the Washington State Department of Health and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to investigate this matter. At this point, there is no evidence of any exposure to any of our Lakewood Surgery Center patients, as our situation is different from that in Colorado. While we believe the risk of exposure to our patients is extremely low, patient safety is our primary concern and out of an extreme abundance of caution, we are offering free, confidential blood pathogen testing to any and all patients who had surgery at Lakewood Surgery Center during this time period.
Approximately 135 patients who had surgery at Lakewood Surgery Center between October 27, 2011 and December 1, 2011 are being notified of the potential for exposure.
Patient safety and wellbeing is a core value at Proliance and we apologize for any uncertainty and concern this may cause. This situation has saddened us and we are determined to do all we can to help. We are taking these extensive cautionary measures to ensure the safety of our patients.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to call 206-605-2601.
2016 TAS Webb Moffett Cup presented by Proliance Surgeons
Team Alpental-Snoqualmie wins top spots at annual race.
Team Alpental Snoqualmie (TAS) hosted the TAS Webb Moffett U14 Qualifier #1 at Summit at Snoqulamie West on January 9th & 10th. Proliance Surgeons is a top team sponsor for TAS, a premier junior alpine ski racing program in the Pacific Northwest.
Orthopedic Physician Associates is pleased to announce that Jayashree Srinivasan, MD, is the newest physician to join our group. Dr. Srinivasan is a board certified neurosurgeon with a medical degree from Columbia University in New York City. She has had extensive surgical training and completed both her residency and fellowship at The University of Washington in Seattle. Her office is conveniently located across the street from OPA on the opposite side of Swedish Hospital in the Heath building at 801 Broadway Ste 617, Seattle, WA 98122. For appointments please call Seattle Neurosurgery at 206-623-0922. Welcome Dr. Srinivasan!
Orthopedic Physician Associates ("OPAOrtho") is Seattle's premier provider of orthopedic and musculoskeletal services. Our physicians and clinical staff work together to ensure that you receive complete orthopedic care, whether surgical or nonsurgical, for problems or diseases of the bones, joints, and muscles. OPA physicians are board certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Physiatry and Anesthesiology and each has advanced subspecialty Fellowship training in Sports, Joints, Foot & Ankle, Spine and Trauma. OPA physicians are known regionally and throughout the world as leaders in their fields. They lecture frequently, train others, and develop new surgical techniques and many of the breakthrough hardware used in today's surgery. Our physicians are the team physicians for many of the area's professional sports teams, including the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks, the Seattle Storm, Pacific Northwest Ballet and dozens of collegiate and recreational leagues throughout the greater Seattle area.
For media inquiries only, please contact Kara Dowdall, MSHA, CMPE, Executive Director of Orthopedic Physician Associates at 206-386-2600.
Proliance helps raise over $500,000 for the Washington Arthritis Foundation
Bone Bash and the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk, both sponsored by Proliance Surgeons, fund research and education for arthritis patients.
Bone Bash and the Seattle Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis were a great success this year. Both events raised a total of over $500,000 to fund research and education for arthritis patients. As an annual sponsor of these events and with help from the Proliance staff, Proliance Surgeons has become a strong partner with the Washington Arthritis Foundation.
The 7th Annual Arthritis Foundation Bone Bash – Oct. 24, 2015
Bone Bash is a costume and black tie event that benefits the Arthritis Foundation. This year's event featured dinner, live music from the Groove Surfers, and both live and silent auctions. The purpose of the Bone Bash is to raise awareness of the prevalence and seriousness of arthritis and to raise funds for mission-driven programs. Funds raised support research to find a cure, provide public health and educational programs, fund Kids’ Camps and continue the Arthritis Foundation's advocacy efforts in the community.
Proliance Surgeons passes the torch to the next Outstanding Community Partner award winner, Wells Fargo.
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Dec. 13, 2015
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off the holidays by doing something good for others. For this annual event, team members dress up in holiday costumes and run or walk a five-kilometer route in downtown Seattle. Funds raised help to find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Nearly sixty members joined the Proliance Surgeons team this year, making a difference in the lives of more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children that suffer from arthritis.
Members of the Proliance team pose for a photo at Westlake Center.
Top Doctors were chosen by more than 1,500 doctors, physician assistants, and nurses within the Seattle metropolitan area when asked, "If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose?" Dr. Downer was chosen out of 11,473 nominations.
If you'd like to make an appointment with any of the highly trained physicians and surgeons at Orthopedic Specialists of Seattle please contact their office at (206) 633-8100.
OPA Ortho physician discusses patellar tendinitis for IRG Sports Medicine Update.
Dr. Jason King of Orthopedic Physician Associates (OPA Ortho) was interviewed on KOMO 97.7 FM for IRG Sports Medicine Update. The spot first aired on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. Listen below to his discussion of jumper's knee, also known as patellar tendinitis. This condition is most common in athletes who participate in jumping sports, but it can also be caused by injury or trauma to the knee. Learn more about patellar tendinitis by searching our Patient Information Center.
KVI 570 AM will also air the interview on Dec. 12 at 3:00 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 11:00 a.m.
This annual event benefits Friends of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House.
Proliance Surgeons Golf Invitational
More than 100 golfers descended on The Home Course in DuPont on September 18th for the fifth annual Proliance Surgeons Golf Invitational. This year’s event raised $25,000 for Friends of the VA Puget Sound Fisher House.
It was a relaxing day of golf at one of the finest facilities in the Northwest, The Home Course. The format for the day was a four-person scramble with many individual contests on the course. Golfers got to experience live scoring on the golf course through Mobile Scoring and a hosted cocktail hour after golf.
Special thanks to title sponsors USI and Kibble & Prentice.
Several veterans participated in this year’s event, including Jim Martinson (center) who eagle’d a hole!
Dave Fitzgerald presents check to Friends of VA Puget Sound Fisher House Board Members.
Since 2008, veteran and active duty military families have found a “home away from home” in the VA Puget Sound Fisher House. They come from all over the world, with different backgrounds and different needs but united in their love and concern for a hospitalized patient. In the house, they find peace and respite for themselves. Staff and volunteers offer care and support while donations from a generous community meet their material needs and ease the financial stress of being away from home. We’re proud to be part of that community of donors.
Eiji Minami, MD, joined the Overlake medical community in 1989. After 26 years, he announced his retirement from the medical practice at the end of September.
"I believe being a physician is a calling in the truest sense. We have been called not only to participate in healing those who are broken, but also in keeping them from breaking," wrote Dr. Minami. "I am truly blessed to have been a part of this great medical community."
Dr. Minami’s patients will continue to receive care from his colleagues at Proliance Surgical Specialists at Overlake.
Proliance Surgical Specialists at Overlake is the premier general and colorectal surgery group in Bellevue, Washington. Our highly trained, knowledgeable, and caring surgeons and staff strive to create an environment of excellence, service, and accessibility for our patients and referring healthcare providers. Consistent with their history of safe innovation, our surgeons have the highest volume of da Vinci® Robotic Single Site™ Cholecystectomy patients in the Pacific Northwest—the Single Site™ platform is the newest and most advanced robotic surgery system available. Joining Proliance Surgeons, Inc., one of the most respected and well run surgical specialty groups in the nation, has allowed us to focus almost exclusively on our clinical interests and provides us with the infrastructure to recruit the highest quality surgical specialists to our practice. It is our commitment to the Eastside community and referring physicians and health care providers to grow our practice and serve the increasingly complex needs of the Eastside population and Overlake Medical Center with skill and compassion. Experience is key when choosing the right surgeon. See below for a sample of our surgeons’ unparalleled experience.
Top Doctors were chosen by more than 1,500 doctors, physician assistants, and nurses within the Seattle metropolitan area when asked, "If you or a loved one needed medical care, whom would you choose?" And out of 11,473 nominations, the following OPA physicians were among the top vote getters:
James P. Crutcher, Jr., M.D.
Alexis Falicov, M.D.
Lawrence E. Holland, M.D.
E. Edward Khalfayan, M.D.
Jason C. King, M.D.
Michael K. McAdam, M.D.
Eva V. Young, M.D.
Congratulations to the above physicians!
If you'd like to make an appointment with any of the highly trained physicians and surgeons at Orthopedic Physician Associates please contact their office at 206-386-2600.
OPA physician and patient pose with pro-golfer at Boeing Classic
MAKOplasty® patient Martin Selig and Dr. Toomey (Orthopedic Physician Associates) meet Fred Funk.
Stryker MAKO patient Martin Selig was allowed to walk the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge course behind Fred Funk’s threesome on Saturday during the 2015 Boeing Classic. Selig and Funk posed for a picture at the 10th hole tee with Orthopedic Physician Associates (OPA) surgeon Sean D. Toomey, MD. Selig received Stryker MAKO unicompartmental knee arthoplasty (MAKOplasty®) at Swedish Orthopedic Institute, the first facility in the Puget Sound area to perform this new procedure for partial knee resurfacing, designed to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis.
OPA surgeons are some of the first in the region to adopt the most current and advanced knee replacement devices, including robotic technology, which assist surgeons by removing and resurfacing only the arthritic part of a knee without sacrificing the entire knee joint. These devices are used in minimally invasive procedures that are performed through a two to three inch incision, which allows our surgeon to preserve as much of the natural bone and tissue as possible while offering less scarring and blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and the ability to return to everyday activities much sooner than with traditional knee replacement surgeries.
Skagit Northwest Orthopedics at Skagit Senior Day in the Park
SNO was one of many vendors featured at Maiben Park in Burlington.
Thursday, August 20, 2015 was a grand day for seniors to enjoy vendors related to seniors at Maiben Park in Burlington. The day began with Greetings from Don Wick, Executive Director of Economic Development Association of Skagit County (EDASC). Many attendees enjoyed dancing and singing to entertainment by Marcia Kester. There were excellent performances by students of the Skagit Valley Academy of Dance and a delicious sack lunch provided to all who attended.
Since 2010, sports medicine physicians from Proliance Orthopedic Associates have been the team doctors for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.
Since 2010, sports medicine physicians from Proliance Orthopedic Associates have been the team doctors for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. Recently, four Thunderbird players were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Erik Novak, MD, provides in-game medical assistance and advises injured athletes about physical therapy. T-Birds Athletic Trainer Phil Varney had this to say about the top orthopedic care Seattle receives:
"POA has been invaluable to the health and welfare of our athletes. They have specialists in every area of care. The expertise of their physicians paired with their ability to diagnostically evaluate injuries quickly and accurately gives our players a real advantage when it comes to staying on the ice. Whether I have an ankle injury to a dislocated shoulder I know our players are getting the best care possible. I would recommend them to anyone."
Congratulations to Mathew Barzal, Ryan Gropp, Keegan Kolesar and Ethan Bear for being drafted into the NHL. Province Orthopedic Associates’ Sports Medicine specialists are proud to offer their skills and experience to help amateur and professional athletes recover from injury and achieve success in their favorite activities.
Pro Ortho physicians recognized in Seattle Magazine
Readers vote ProOrtho physicians "Top Doctors of Seattle”
The Pacific Northwest has a lot to be proud of when it comes to affordable, quality healthcare. Experienced and highly trained physicians are sometimes hard to find and with medical care options changing on a daily basis, ProOrtho stands the test of time. The physicians at ProOrtho have the combined experience and expertise to treat a variety of orthopedic injuries to give you peace of mind and get you back to leading a healthy, active life.
Congratulations to the doctors from ProOrtho who have been recognized as “Top Doctors of Seattle” within their respective specialties by Seattle Magazine:
Marco Wen, MD – Spine, Interventional Pain Management, Electrodiagnosis
According to Seattle Magazine, “Our online survey was open to all licensed physicians in the region, from January 12 to February 2, 2015. This includes: medical doctors (M.D.), osteopaths (D.O.), naturopaths (N.D.), oriental medicine doctors (OMD), acupuncturists (LAc), podiatrists (DPM), optometrists (O.D.) and chiropractors (D.C.). The survey asked physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones in 75 specialty areas, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affiliation. Several factors determined who appear on this list; including the number of nominations received by each physician, the area of specialty, the number of practitioners in the specialty, and vote and geographic distribution within each specialty of those nominated.”
ProOrtho offers the widest spectrum of surgical and non-surgical options paired with the most advanced technologies and pain management treatments available. We use a team-approach to orthopedics that combines cross-specialty expertise to produce innovative solutions. Foundational to our alliance is the commitment to provide the highest quality orthopedic care, service and research to deliver the best outcomes for our patients.
ProOrtho has locations in Kirkland, Seattle, Redmond (in the Swedish Medical Center) and Issaquah (Swedish Hospital facilities), and Monroe. Visit ProOrtho’s website at www.proortho.com or call and schedule an appointment with one of their physicians at 425-823-4000. You can also email them at ProOrthoAppointment@proliancesurgeons.com.
Readers of The Daily Herald voted Puget Sound Ear, Nose, & Throat "The Best" for the second year in a row.
Every year Everett's local newspaper The Daily Herald asks its readers to vote for the best local businesses. In this year's 2015 Reader's Choice Awards, Puget Sound Ear, Nose, & Throat was voted the "The Best Ear Nose & Throat." This is the second year in a row that Puget Sound Ear, Nose, & Throatwas voted best.
Ulnar collateral ligament is a fairly common injury. It was first coined “gamekeeper’s thumb” which referred to a chronic injury and slow attenuation of the ligament with repetitive strain. The repetitive strain occurred when gamekeepers wrung the necks of wounded rabbits.
More recently, the term “skiers thumb” has been used and more accurately describes what is seen more commonly now. That is an acute injury to the ligament occurring from a fall on an outstretched hand with the thumb abducted.
The treatment of ulnar collateral ligament injuries is different for partial vs. complete tears. To accurately assess the ligament, the joint is tested in 30 degrees of flexion and in full extension. The test in flexion, evaluates the proper collateral ligament, which lies dorsal and prevents volar subluxation and is the primary restraint to valgus stress with the joint in flexion. While testing in extension assesses both the proper and the accessory collateral ligament. Greater than 30 degrees of laxity in either position is consistent with probable rupture.
Partial tears (stable in flexion and extension) are treated conservatively with immobilization for six weeks. If the joint is found to be unstable in testing or there is a displaced or rotated fracture fragment that is more than one third of the joint surface, surgery is often considered.
One reason that complete ruptures do not do well with conservative treatment is the Stener lesion. In a subset of patients, the ligament becomes displaced proximal and superficial to the adductor aponeurosis. The aponeurosis prevents the apposition of the ligament back to its insertion site. This complication of complete UCL tears, shows a frequency from 33% to 80% in the literature.
There are a few important points to remember. The first is that there is a finite time when a direct repair is feasible. Ideally, the operation takes place within two weeks. After this time, the ligament starts retracting and contracting and makes the repair difficult or impossible. The second is that often times a complete rupture of the ligament is subtle.
Over the summer, I had a slip and fall onto my thumb. I instantly knew that I tore my ulnar collateral ligament. However, I was surprised on how well I could function. Of course there was pain, but the instability was relatively subtle. I saw first hand (pun intended), how easily this diagnosis could be missed. I underwent surgery three days after injury and was back to full activities in three months.
Proliance Orthopedic Associates: Dr. Barrett named Top Doc 2015
William P. Barrett, MD, has again been recognized as one of Seattle Magazine’s "Top Doctors."
William P. Barrett, MD, of Proliance Orthopedic Associates has once again been recognized as one of Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2015.
According to Seattle Magazine, “Every year, more than 1,000 doctors have taken time out of their busy schedules to nominate the peers they trust and admire. The 15th annual Top Doctors list is the result of more than nearly 15,000 nominations gathered through a comprehensive, controlled, peer-to-peer survey process, open to all licensed physicians in the region.”
Dr. Barrett was previously named a top doctor for joint replacement in the 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2007. He was also recognized in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.
If you have orthopedic issues or require orthopedic care, you can contact Proliance Orthopedic Associates at 425-656-5060. With convenient locations in Renton, Covington, and Maple Valley, Proliance Orthopedic Associates offers top orthopedic care to greater western Washington. Dr. William P. Barrett of Proliance Orthopedic Associates has once again been recognized as one of Seattle Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2015.
Three doctors from Proliance Eastside ENT voted Top Doctors by peers
The 2015 Top Doctors list results from an online survey open to all doctors in the Seattle region.
Proliance Eastside ENT is once again proud to announce that three of our doctors have been voted by their peers to the “2015 Top Doctors” list in the July issue ofSeattle Magazine.
The magazine’s 2015 Top Doctors list results from an online survey open to all doctors in the Seattle region, asking physicians to name the provider they would seek out or recommend to loved ones in 75 specialty areas, regardless of hospital, clinic or health plan affiliation.
Dr. Barrett also discuss his involvement in a new knee implant design that improves motion and stability, while hopefully increasing the longevity of the knee implants. A team of top orthopedic surgeons took the best knowledge to date and spent years researching and testing this new global design to be more user-friendly and friendly to the kneecap.
Proliance Orthopedic Associates: Maple Valley clinic opens 7/6
24060 SE Kent Kangley Rd., Maple Valley, WA 98038
Proliance Orthopedics Associates' new Maple Valley clinic will open on July 6, 2015 at 24060 SE Kent Kangley Rd., Maple Valley, WA 98038. We are currently scheduling appointments for dates after July 6. The Maple Valley clinic will be open Monday through Friday.
If you are looking for an orthopedic doctor in Maple Valley or the surrounding area and would like to schedule an appointment, you can call our Renton location at 425-358-7708.
Proliance Orthopedic Associates is proud to deliver top orthopedic care to greater Maple Valley, WA and the surrounding area. Moving easily and pain-free is important to enjoying the activities of your life. Our orthopedic physicians and orthopedic surgeons are dedicated to helping patients return to the normal activities of life.