Leaders break ground on new Orthopedics and Sports Medicine building
Champaign, Ill. – Construction is beginning on a new building to serve Orthopedic and Sports Medicine patients at the corner of First Street and Windsor Road in Champaign. Opening by 2017, the 52,000 square-foot facility will house more than 50 physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists and athletic trainers dedicated to providing care for patients with orthopedic or sports related conditions.
“More people require orthopedic care now as baby boomers age and people live longer in general. The new building will allow us to help meet their needs, seeing more patients in a contemporary and comfortable environment,” said James C. Leonard, MD, president and chief executive officer, The Carle Foundation. “Whether they need advanced orthopedic care or sports medicine services, the facility is conveniently located for patients, both for those within Champaign-Urbana and those from communities in the region.”
Services currently provided in two locations will move to this single facility, which is designed to accommodate patients with mobility challenges as they prepare for or recover from treatment.
Injury diagnosis, orthopedic rehabilitation, and highly specialized athletic training such as a six week course to prevent knee injuries and injury prevention programs for 23 sports, will expand when the new building opens. Carle has already begun recruiting certified athletic trainers and new physicians.
“Although we have the most fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons in the area, with patients needing care through Carle’s Level I Trauma Center, as well as joint replacement and minimally invasive procedures, more physicians are needed. This facility will provide the appropriate space for the many patients in the region requiring this high level of care,” said Caleb Miller, vice president of Surgical Services at Carle.
“We see a variety of needs, from those who develop conditions such as arthritis and others who sustain injuries from sports, work, accidents or overuse,” said Robert Gurtler, MD, associate medical director, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. “The new building, along with our expanded staff, will help Carle continue to be a leader in these fields. As the official medical provider of Fighting Illini Athletics and sports medicine provider for many area schools, we look forward to collaborating with our colleagues at the University of Illinois and conducting Sports Medicine research.”
Dr. Gurtler concluded, “We are excited to bring our program under one roof and give patients more access to the care they need.”