Published: 09/13/2013

Evangelical Community Hospital Acquires SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc.

Evangelical Community Hospital has acquired SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc., the region’s premier bone and joint specialists. Under this new partnership, SUN Ortho’s surgical expertise and staff combines with Evangelical’s staff, leading-edge technology and facilities including eight modern and fully equipped surgical suites to provide the region’s most comprehensive level of orthopaedic care.
This union represents a perfect fit for both Evangelical and SUN Ortho, ensuring patients have seamless access to Evangelical’s Center for Orthopaedics, where procedures for the muscular and skeletal systems are performed by a unified team dedicated solely to the care of orthopaedic patients.
The acquisition moves SUN Ortho under the direction of the Evangelical Medical Services Organization (EMSO) and the transition of the practice is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
“The demand for orthopaedic surgery continues to grow as people live longer and want to stay active and healthy. By officially bringing SUN Ortho into our family, we are confident about meeting that demand and offering our orthopaedic patients the continuum of care that’s so vital for recovery,” said Michael O’Keefe, President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital.
Evangelical and SUN Ortho have a long relationship of working together. SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc. is a team of eight Board Certified Orthopaedic surgeons specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint disorders, and sports injuries. They offer expertise in orthopaedic surgery, reconstruction, sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries and physical therapy.
In 2005, a partnership was formed where Evangelical and SUN Ortho began the joint replacement program. Since the inception, the two organizations have collaborated on nearly 3,300 total hip, knee, and shoulder replacements on patients between the ages of 24 and 92 years.
In January of 2013, building on the success of the joint replacement program Evangelical opened its Center for Orthopaedics expanding its orthopaedic focus. The comprehensive specialty unit is also available for unplanned, emergent needs such as fractures and sports injuries for the patient who required orthopaedic care and rehabilitation.
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Evangelical Community Hospital received the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year, making it one of two hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized for consistent, positive patient experience.
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.