Orthopaedic patients have a new option for care in the Spring-Ford area. Rothman Institute opened a new 15,000-square foot facility in Limerick in mid-April, just steps from Physicians Care Surgical Hospital.
The new Rothman facility offers 24 exam rooms, on-site X-ray rooms, hand therapy, physical therapy and orthotics. An orthopaedic urgent care is scheduled to open this summer — the second Rothman Institute urgent care facility in the region.
The Limerick facility is spacious and filled with light — with wide hallways to accommodate wheelchairs or patients on crutches and lots of large windows. Doctors and their staffs work in “pods,” with examination rooms encircling a central work area for staff conferences. Examination rooms are also large, with space to talk with the doctor and view X-rays.
“The entire office was built with patient care in mind, and the ‘hub and spokes’ approach is designed to make things as efficient as possible,” said Rick Cushman, Rothman manager of public relations.
Patients requiring surgery can meet with scheduling staff and once they are ready, patients can also go through physical therapy at the same location.
“This really can be a one-stop place for patients,” Cushman added. “If they come in to urgent care, they can have X-rays done on-site, see one of the doctors, schedule surgery if necessary, have their surgery and physical therapy — all while staying close to home.”
For Katy Manorek, an Owen J. Roberts High School grad who just finished her junior year at Millersville University, having Rothman — and her doctor — so close to home is a bonus. The 21-year-old, who now plays lacrosse for Millersville, tore her left ACL (a knee injury seen in athletes) in February during a pre-season practice. It is the second go-around for Manorek, who tore her right ACL while she was in high school — forcing her to miss her senior year of play.
Manorek was in the Limerick office Friday for a follow-up appointment with Dr. Donald Mazur, a sports medicine surgeon for Rothman, and the same doctor who treated her when she was in high school.
“I would trust Dr. Mazur with any surgery,” Manorek said, who had been making the trip from Millersville to Malvern to see Mazur. “When the injury happened, I saw another doctor at school who talked to me about surgery, but it was a hard ‘no’ from me. I came to see Dr. Mazur.”
Manorek explained that it took more than an hour to make the drive from Millersville to Malvern, so having Mazur now so close to home makes the appointments easier for her.
“I think the commute shows my commitment to him,” she added. “This office is a lot nicer and I don’t have to worry about traveling.”
Mazur examined Manorek — checking the status of her recovery. Manorek had surgery over spring break and returned to school one week later.
“I might have pushed myself a little too far, at first,” Manorek said.
“A torn ACL is typically a 6 to 12 month recovery,” Mazur said. “In an injury like this we need to assure that the patient gets their motion, strength and coordination back, but there is also biology involved. We take a tendon and put it in place of a ligament, and the body remodels it into a ligament. It takes six months, at least.”
He added that the biology has to occur, but the patient also has to be mentally ready.
“She’s tough,” he said with a laugh, referring to Manorek. “But I don’t let patients go back until they have the physical and mental — they have to be ready.”
Mazur said that about 10 percent of patients who tear one ACL will tear the other one. On Friday — Mazur saw a second repeat ACL patient — 21-year-old Eric Holz of Wayne. Holz injured his knee just a few days before his appointment, and was awaiting surgery. Mazur had performed his first surgery as well.
Cole Bryan is a 16-year-old from Limerick who fractured his wrist about a week ago doing what he loves — Motocross. He was seeing Dr. Frederic Liss, a Rothman hand and wrist surgeon.
“We live right down the road, so this is convenient,” said Stefanie Bryan, Cole’s mother. “As a parent, I am excited because we need facilities like this in the community.” Bryan added that she likes the fact Rothman will be opening an urgent care, “because of what he (Cole) is doing.”
Liss, who had been a partner in Phoenixville Orthopaedic Associates, said locating the new office in Limerick is a good model.
“We’re bringing Rothman from the city to the community,” he said. “It’s very exciting to have my new partners out here in the community.”
Rothman Institute is located at 454 Enterprise Drive in Limerick. Fourteen orthopaedic specialists currently have office hours at the facility in areas including hand and wrist, shoulder and elbow, physical medicine and rehabilitation, surgical sports medicine, joint replacement, foot and ankle, non-surgical sports medicine, podiatry and general orthopaedics. For more information about the Rothman Institute call 1-800-321-9999 or visit www.rothmaninstitute.com.