TUPELO • After four years of planning and construction, Specialty Orthopedic Group unveiled its new facility on South Gloster Street to the community this week.
The nearly 33,000 square-foot building includes a clinic with 22 exam rooms, a physical therapy center with a pool and an outpatient surgical center with four operating rooms designed for orthopedic procedures.
“In 2015 when the three of us (Drs. Tyler Marks, Richard Rainey and Rowland Roberson) created the clinic, that was part of our vision,” Marks said.
The orthopedic surgery group has more than 70 team members, including six orthopedic surgeons and four nurse practitioners. All of the surgeons grew up in Mississippi and wanted to care for patients in their home state, Marks said.
Incorporating a surgical center into orthopedic clinics follows a trend that has been emerging across the country for several years, Marks said. Across all medical specialities, procedures that once required days in the hospital now can be offered as outpatient procedures in many cases.
“Health care is becoming more value-based,” Marks said. “That pushes more procedures to outpatient settings.”
Having the clinic, physical therapy and outpatient surgery housed together provides greater opportunity for collaboration and convenience for patients, Marks said. The group is in the final stages of seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for its surgical center.
The orthopedic surgeons will still perform procedures at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo, but they will be able to offer more outpatient options, Marks said. Patients have to meet medical criteria to have procedures done in an outpatient setting, Marks said. Insurers also have their own requirements to approve outpatient procedures.
“Patients have the choice for surgeries here and at the hospital,” Marks said.
The procedures that work well in an outpatient setting vary by the orthopedic subspecialty. Marks, who focuses on orthopedic care for hands, already does about 95 percent of procedures in the office. For joint replacements, the guidelines for patients are more selective, with 20 to 25 percent eligible for outpatient care, he said.
Specialty Orthopedic Group includes orthopedic surgeons Drs. Tyler Marks, Taylor P. Mathis, Matthew A. Miller, Richard D. Rainey, Rowland M. Roberson, Phillip A. Sandifer; and nurse practitioners Miranda L. Bennett, Mamie M. Kosko, Robin H. McDonald and Sonya N. Pippins.
Orthopedic surgeons Drs. Ryves Moore and Cal Adams are set to join the group in August.