On January 2, 2018, the Orthopedic & Sports Institute will open its first walk-in clinic for orthopedic care. The catalyst for this latest addition to OSI’s Appleton campus is the same one that drove other innovations at the facility.
“Patients asked for walk-in care,” said Angie Laux, Quality Manager of OSI’s Surgery Center. “Simple as that.”
The orthopedic walk-in clinic will be staffed with OSI providers trained in muscle, bone, and joint care. Immediate specialized care is provided for most new orthopedic injuries including:
- Sprains & strains
- Broken bones
- Sports injuries
- New joint/tendon pain
The convenient walk-in service can address potential issues related to an ER visit, most notably extended wait times and higher costs.
“Patients want to be seen as soon as possible when they are in pain,” said Laux. “The walk-in clinic allows us to provide a higher level of responsiveness to new, acute injuries without the patient needing an appointment or having to endure a longer wait.”
Patients using the OSI Orthopedic Walk-In Clinic will be seen either by a nurse practitioner highly trained in orthopedic care or an OSI orthopedic surgeon. Digital x-ray and MRI capabilities available onsite provide a more convenient patient experience. Other onsite services at OSI include injections, bracing, and physical therapy.
The ability to provide comprehensive services that an orthopedic patient might need has been the vision of OSI since its inception a decade ago. Started by orthopedic surgeons who wanted to take a more active role in their delivery of care, OSI is unique in the services it offers. The campus has physician clinics, a surgery center, an imaging center with MRI, physical therapy, orthotics, and Recovery Inn, the first orthopedics-only skilled nursing facility in the country.
“We designed the experience around the patient,” said Curt Kubiak, CEO of OSI. “Our services and providers are all on-campus, which supplies not only a convenience factor but allows for continuity of care that enhances the healing process.”
The walk-in clinic, open from 10:00 A.M. to 5 P.M. Monday through Friday, focuses on providing medical attention to new, acute orthopedic injuries.
Services to address chronic pain, severe fractures and non-orthopedic issues are not provided.
The walk-in clinic will be located on OSI's second floor.