OCIF Announces 2015 Scholarship Recipient

Scholarship Recipient Pic-editedThe Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to award Brittany Bentley with its annual Foundation scholarship. The $1,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field and can be renewed for an additional three years.

Brittany is a senior at Glenwood High School and is the daughter of Harold and Rebecca Bentley.  She plans to attend Quincy University and Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in the fall. She has a 3.88 GPA (un-weighted 4.0 scale) and ranks in the 90th percentile of her class of 327 students at Glenwood. Her school activities include the Senior Mentor Program, Dance, National Honor Society, and Key Club.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded almost $200,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.

OCI Named “Good As Gold”

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Dr. Tim VanFleet accepted the Good as Gold award on behalf of the OCI Board of Directors April 15.

For the second year in a row, OCI was named “Good as Gold” by the University of Illinois Springfield, the Junior League of Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois! The Good as Gold ceremony, held on April 15, 2015, recognized community volunteers and organizations who improve Springfield through volunteering their time and financially supporting programs that make an Good AS Gold Cert 1 wbimpact in the community. Thank you to the presenters and the hard work of the Good as Gold committee for a lovely event!



Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Illinois Wins Prestigious Press Ganey Award

By Leo Ludwig, M.D.2014-guardianaward-hires

As the medical director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Center of Illinois (OSCI), it is my pleasure to present to you our yearly quality report card. OSCI is located across the street from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in the Koke Mill Medical Center.

On a yearly basis, we evaluate our case types and volumes, certain quality reports, as well as patient satisfaction. This data is analyzed with the goal of providing our patients with the best quality outpatient experience and outcomes. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is drastically changing the landscape of medical practice in the United States and is more closely monitoring healthcare facilities to provide the highest quality care at the lowest price. OSCI is excelling at this goal.

OSCI utilizes the nationally recognized Press Ganey satisfaction survey to measure patient satisfaction. I am proud to announce that OSCI, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the 2014 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. Press Ganey has more than 10,000 clients nationally and less than 5% received this award, which is given to healthcare facilities that rank above the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction for 12 consecutive months. OSCI is the only facility in Central Illinois to receive this designation. This award is a tribute to the care provided by the staff and physicians at OSCI.

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More than 3,000 patients annually receive healthcare services at OSCI. As you can see in the graph, the most common surgical procedures performed are arthroscopic procedures of the knee and shoulder. Various hand surgeries, as well as fixation of bone fractures, are other common procedures. Newer procedures such as hip arthroscopy and outpatient spine surgery continue to grow in volume. Additionally, our pain management physicians are busy performing lumbar and cervical epidural steroid injections. In 2014, we began to offer cataract surgery and the program has been very successful with 225 cataract surgeries completed.

From a quality standpoint, 100% of the patients undergo a safe surgery checklist, 100% receive appropriate and timely antibiotics to help prevent infection, the complication rate is less than 1%, and the infection rate is less than 1%. In addition, the cost of providing care for these procedures at OSCI is significantly less expensive than the services provided in a hospital outpatient surgical department. As you can see, providing high quality care in a lower-cost facility is exactly what is necessary in today’s healthcare environment. If you, a family member, or friend requires one of these outpatient procedures, please talk with your physician about the possibility of having your procedure at OSCI.

LeoLudwig copyDr. Leo Ludwig is Medical Director at OSCI and a surgeon at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois. His special areas of interest are shoulder surgery, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee, and minimally invasive total joint replacement.

OCI Employee of the Year


Congratulations to Jennifer Dickerson on her nomination for Employee of the Year! Ms.Dickerson works in accounts payable and has been with OCI for five years. She is pictured on the left with Dr. Tim VanFleet at the OCI Holiday Party on Dec. 13.

Did one of our staff members go above and beyond to make your experience at OCI a great one? You can nominate a staff member for employee of the month online or at our offices.

New knee surgery study shows societal benefits following common OCI procedure

SJBJS logoPRINGFIELD, IL, August 21, 2013– A new study published in the August issue of the Journal of Joint and Bone Surgery quantifies for the first time the benefits of total knee replacement GordonAllan-rounded-wb copyprocedures. The new study, “The Direct and Indirect Costs to Society of Treatment for End-Stage Knee Osteoarthritis,” directly supports the mission of the Orthopedic Center of Illinois (OCI) to help patients live pain-free, active lifestyles and provides important details about one of the most common procedures performed by OCI surgeons.

“Annually, we perform more than 700 knee arthroplasties, or total knee replacements, and we see excellent outcomes for patients of all ages,” said Dr. Gordon Allan, an OCI board certified orthopedic surgeon. “Surgery can be tremendous decision for some patients who are concerned about recovery time and cost. This new study shows us financially what we have known all along anecdotally—patients have a much better quality of life following surgery.”

The study showed the average total cost for a knee replacement surgery and rehabilitation for a Medicare patient was $20,704, however, the indirect savings averaged $39,697. The benefits ranged from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the patient, and were attributed to the patients’ ability to return to work, fewer missed work days, lower disability payments and higher earnings over the lifespan.

In 2009, U.S. surgeons performed 600,000 total knee replacements with an estimated societal savings of approximately $12 billion. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), demographics for total knee procedures are shifting to increasingly include patients younger than 65 years of age. Due to this shift, demand for total knee procedures is estimated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to reach 3 million by 2030.

Founded in 1972, the Orthopedic Center of Illinois(OCI) is the region’s largest independent, private practice for musculoskeletal care. OCI offers a full continuum of services and employs only Board Certified or Board Eligible physicians chosen for their caring attitudes and superior orthopedic skills. OCI also offers on-sight rehabilitation and imaging services.


Read the full study HERE.
See the fact sheet HERE.



Massage Therapy at OCI

We are now offering massage therapy through our in-house partnership with Midwest Rehab! New and current patients can take advantage of our beautiful facility and trained, professional staff.

Enjoy a variety of services including deep tissue, Swedish, prenatal, postnatal and sinus massages. We even offer a golf massage, focused on improving your range of motion, and ultimately, your score on the greens. Add some additional indulgence with a lush sugar foot scrub to rejuvenate your feet for sandal weather.

Call Midwest Rehab at 217-547-9108 to schedule an appointment today, or give the gift of relaxation with a pre-purchased massage certificate.


OCI Implements Electronic Health Records (EHR)

What are Electronic Health Records?

Electronic health records are a computerized way of managing health information and communication in health care. Electronic vs. paper records improve documentation and the safety of a patient’s pertinent records. Experts say they reduce errors, carelessness and frustration.

Why Are We Converting to This Now? 

President Obama signed into law Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) with a goal of having Americans have access to electronic health records by 2014.  You may have heard that physicians receive “incentives” from the government to do this…. this is true, and it is also true that the cost to do this is about double what physicians receive from the government.  In addition, if physicians do not comply, the government will begin to cut their Medicare payments more than they have already, in the year 2014.

What Can We, As Patients, Expect?

As a result of our embracing this regulation, you will notice that we are asking more questions on our Patient Registration and Health History forms.  We are required to collect this information by the 2009 American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.  For example, we are required to ask your ethnicity and race.  If you feel the questions are too invasive then please use the “Patient Declined” or “Unknown”.

You may also notice that some questions may not be directly related to your orthopaedic, podiatric or musculoskeletal system. The majority of your health history is pertinent to your orthopaedic condition. A few questions may not appear applicable to your care. Again, we are required to at least ask you these questions and to collect the information. Please feel free to answer the questions with “Patient Declined” or similar answer if you object to the question.

Now for the good news!  

Our Electronic Health Record (EHR) has many new features including patient portal access, electronic medication prescribing, allergy alerts and other patient protection features.

•  We will soon be offering you the ability to see your electronic medical record summary via the internet. This is why we are collecting your email address.

•  Electronic Prescribing – sends non-narcotic prescriptions directly to your pharmacy of choice.  Your prescription should be waiting for you at the pharmacy.

•  Medication and Allergy Alerts – if you have a known allergy or medication allergy our EHR will check your new prescriptions against your known allergies and notify your doctor or pharmacist so your prescription can be changed to a safer alternative.

•  Thanks for your patience during the implementation of these new mandates and changes.

Golf injuries: Play it safe with these tips

golferdreamstime_m_24619735Golf injuries are common but avoidable. Learn how to protect yourself.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Many golfing-related injuries are a result of poor mechanics or overuse, particularly in golfers who are new to the game or play infrequently. Although golf isn’t a contact sport, it puts significant demands on your body — which can easily lead to golf injuries. Follow these tips to stay in shape on the course.

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Understanding the mechanics behind your golf swing can help you prevent golf injuries:

• Use proper posture. Think about your posture before and during your swing. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and distribute your weight equally on both feet. Avoid hunching over the ball, which may contribute to neck and back strain.

•  Stay smooth. The power of a golf swing comes from force transferred smoothly through all the muscle groups, from your ankles to your wrists. If you depend on one part of your body for your hitting power, you may be more prone to injuries. For example, overemphasizing your wrists during your swing can lead to golfer’s elbow — a strain of the muscles on the inside of the forearm.

•  Don’t overswing. If you swing the club too hard or too fast, you may stress your joints. Relax and take a nice, easy swing at the ball. The best golfers have consistent — not necessarily fast — swing tempos.

If you want to reduce the risk of golf injuries, consider taking lessons. What you learn about your golf swing may even help you shave strokes from your score.

Other tips to keep you on the course

There’s more to golf than your golf swing. Consider other ways to lower your risk of golf injuries:

•  Warm up. Before you practice your golf swing or play a round of golf, warm up with a brisk walk or a set of jumping jacks. Stretch your hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, spine and pelvis. Swing your golf club a few times, gradually increasing your range of motion.

•  Start slowly. You might practice your swing for hours, believing it’s helping your game — but if your body isn’t conditioned for the strain, practicing your golf swing may do more harm than good. Work up to your desired level of activity instead.

•  Strengthen your muscles. You don’t need bulging muscles to hit a long drive — but the stronger your muscles, the greater your club speed. Better yet, stronger muscles are less prone to golf injuries. For best results, do strength training exercises year-round.

•  Build up your endurance. Regular aerobic activity can give you staying power on the course. Try walking, jogging, bicycling or swimming.

•  Choose proper footwear. Dress for comfort and protection from the
elements. Wear golf shoes with short cleats. Long cleats dig into the sod
and hold your feet planted as you swing, which may strain your knees
or ankles.