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Jennings Sunday: Orthopedic surgeons expanding

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BLOOMINGTON — St. Vincent Medical Group has recruited a team of orthopedic surgeons to provide care at three of their health care facilities, including St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

Drs. Michael Ferrell, John Hammerstein and Brian Murphy have joined St. Vincent Medical Group, which will lead to the creation of an Orthopedic Center of Excellence at Monroe Hospital.

The orthopedic surgeons’ practice will be known as St. Vincent Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Each physician will travel to a number of cities, including North Vernon, to see patients.

“Our priority is to best serve the unique health care needs of patients and families of Bloomington and surrounding communities,” said Joseph Roche, president of St. Vincent Health’s Southern Region.

“As we build programs and services at Monroe Hospital, it is imperative to partner with well-established orthopedic surgeons such as Drs. Ferrell, Hammerstein and Murphy. By joining St. Vincent, these physicians will provide highly specialized care in spine, shoulder, elbow surgery and hip and knee replacement for area patients and families.”

The three have provided patient care in Bloomington, Martinsville and Linton with PremierOrtho.

While St. Vincent will employ these orthopedic surgeons, the medical practice will continue to be managed by Premier Healthcare. The integration with St. Vincent will allow the physicians to expand their geography to both North Vernon and Bedford.

Ferrell is fellowship trained in sports medicine, shoulder and elbow surgery.

He completed his medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University and his orthopedic surgery residency at Duke University. He joined St. Vincent Medical Group in October.

Hammerstein is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Michigan State University.

A former IU football player, Dr. Hammerstein specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. He will join St. Vincent Medical Group in December.

Murphy is fellowship-trained in hip and knee replacement and graduated from IU Medical School.

After completing his orthopedic surgery residency, he received fellowship training at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Murphy specializes in minimally invasive total joint replacement. He will join St. Vincent Medical Group in December.

In September, Monroe Hospital announced a management agreement with St. Vincent Health.

As part of the management agreement, the 22-hospital system will manage operations for Monroe Hospital and oversee quality and safety efforts, physician relations, patient experience, finance and other functions to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

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