Franciscan, the new Carmel de Forté establishment aims to offer a one-stop shop for all orthopedic needs • Current editions

At the new Carmel facility, home to Franciscan Health Orthopedic Hospital and Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, patients can find the help they need at the first sign of injury to ensure they are ready to return to a mode of active life.

Franciscan, which owns and operates the hospital, and Forté, a group of independent physicians, have partnered to develop the 166,000 square foot orthopedic hospital and 69,000 square foot medical office building at 10777 Illinois St.

“When you bring two great orthopedic brands together and bring the resources and breadth of a well-known orthopedic group and hospital system together, you really get a lot of synergy to deliver an excellent, high-quality clinical care product. quality,” said Dr. James Callaghan, president and CEO of Franciscan Health Central Indiana.

Marty Rosenberg, CEO of Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, described the partnership and the facility as a “rarity in the country.”

“There are very few, if any, institutions where you have an independent orthopedic practice partner with a health system and come together to build a center of excellence,” Rosenberg said. “You literally have everything in the orthopedic ecosystem in one building in one partnership, and that’s really rare.”

The facility includes 15 inpatient and outpatient surgical suites for orthopedic procedures, 23 inpatient beds, a pre-surgery center, the Franciscan Center for Orthopedic Surgery, an orthopedic urgent care clinic, a state-of-the-art center for physiotherapy and occupational therapy, an advanced imaging center and a multi-storey parking garage and sky bridge.

It also has a sports performance and athletic training center, with a grass field, pitching mound, basketball court and dance studio so medically trained staff can work directly with athletes of all levels on specific movements used in their activities during their rehabilitation.

The facility also includes the Forté Orthopedic Research Institute, which provides the space, tools and technology for surgeons to learn how to perform specific procedures, including watching a live operation elsewhere in the building on a live stream. video and simultaneously reproducing it on a corpse.

“If you’re from Crawfordsville and you’re a surgeon there and want to come and learn how to use the (surgical) robot, you can come here (and learn from) the surgeons who use it daily,” said Dr. Mark Ritter, president of Forté Sports Medicine and Orthopedics.

Future plans include adding an on-site fitness trail for residents and visitors to enjoy.

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Laura J. Boyer