U.S. #1 in Orthopedics HSS Opens West Palm Location, Announces Medical Leadership Team
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the world leader in musculoskeletal health, expanded its geographic footprint today when it opened the doors of a new 60,000-square-foot facility in West Palm Beach, Florida. HSS Florida also announced its medical team and leadership structure and that nearly 1,000 patient appointments have already been scheduled.
HSS has ranked No. 1 in the nation for orthopedics for the past 10 consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report. The world’s largest academic medical center specialized in orthopedics, rheumatology and related specialties, HSS attracts patients from all 50 States and more than 80 countries. Athletes from more than 80 of the highest performing teams in the world travel to HSS for care. In 2019, nearly 3,000 Florida residents travelled for care to the HSS main campus in New York.
“HSS is committed to the health, wellness and lifestyle of our patients,” said Dr. Bryan Kelly, surgeon-in-chief and medical director, HSS. “We are always advancing innovative pathways to provide better care and an important part of that process is providing access to more people in new locations.”
HSS Florida is led by Founding Medical Director David Altchek, MD, renowned sports medicine surgeon, chief emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute and Medical Director for the New York Mets. Nick Sama, MD, orthopedic trauma surgeon, will serve as Associate Medical Director for Inpatient Services; and Ryan Simovitch, MD, sports medicine and shoulder surgeon, will serve as Associate Medical Director for Ambulatory Services.
Located at 300 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, HSS Florida - West Palm Beach offers comprehensive outpatient orthopedic care, including physician consultations, advanced diagnostic and imaging services, specialized rehabilitation, sports performance programs and surgery.
“Southeast Florida is the ideal location for HSS to extend its reach and impact,” said Dr. Altchek. “This new facility will serve as a real center of excellence for patients seeking a wide-range of musculoskeletal health services. I’m looking forward to working with some of the world’s most highly skilled physicians, surgeons and other specialists at the spectacular HSS Florida campus.”
Physicians practicing at HSS Florida include those based in Florida full-time as well as those who split their time between the New York and Florida campuses of HSS. In addition to Drs. Altchek, Sama, and Simovitch, other HSS physicians who will be seeing patients this month include:
- Michelle Carlson, MD, hand and upper extremity surgeon
- James “Beamer” Carr II, MD, sports medicine surgeon
- Kathleen Davenport, MD, physiatrist
- John Wang, MD, hip and knee surgeon
“HSS is making the highest level of musculoskeletal care more convenient for a community that understands and values quality,” said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. “This new facility is unlike any of our previous expansions as this is a brand-new comprehensive center built from the ground up and located outside of the New York City tri-state area.”
Physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists will help patients with injuries and pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, low back and neck as well as sports injuries and general orthopedic pain. HSS Florida will also offer sports performance services, including running analysis. Depending on insurance, the need for a physician prescription may be waived.
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 11th consecutive year), No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2021-2022). HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics by Newsweek (2020-2021). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 130 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally. www.hss.edu.