Emory Healthcare Partnership

In August 2011, the LaGrange-based Southern Center for Orthopedics joined Emory Specialty Associates (ESA) effectively becoming “Emory Southern Orthopedics Sports Medicine.” The four- physician Orthopedic practice provides high quality comprehensive – injury to recovery – care in the field of orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine.

Emory Specialty Associates was formed in 2006 as Emory Healthcare's outreach physician practice organization, managed by The Emory Clinic. It houses specialty divisions of primary care, cardiology, orthopedics, and hospital-based specialties such as anesthesiology, pathology and emergency medicine. Emory Healthcare is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in Georgia, providing in 2010 more than 2.8 million outpatient services and 55,000 hospital in-patient admissions. Encompassing The Emory Clinic, Emory-Children’s Center, Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Wesley Woods Center, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Healthcare services more than 1,400 licensed beds and employs approximately 12,000 individuals.

“We are excited to join such a prestigious organization as Emory Specialty Associates,” says Dr. James F. Bruce of Southern Orthopedics. “In recent years, changes in health care have made it increasingly difficult for small medical groups to remain independent. Joining the Emory Healthcare System will allow our physicians and staff to continue to provide the same high-quality, personal, hometown care that we know is so important for our patients. We look forward to a productive partnership.”

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