Tulsa Bone & Joint and Saint Francis Health System are announcing a new strategic partnership, one which will enhance services at both entities and offer orthopedic patients the latest technology and the best orthopedic services in the region.
“We believe Saint Francis Health System offers the best healthcare in the region, and Tulsa Bone & Joint is well-known for offering the highest-quality orthopedics care. This is a case of the best partnering with the best in a way that will only make both partners that much better,” said Dr. Cliff Robertson, president and CEO, Saint Francis Health System. “I’m grateful for the time and dedication from the Warren Clinic Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine physicians, health system leadership and the team at Tulsa Bone & Joint for their planning and collaboration as we worked to develop this plan to raise the bar for orthopedic care in the region.”
The partnership will allow Saint Francis and Tulsa Bone & Joint to benefit from each other’s expertise and resources:
- TBJ physicians now have privileges at Saint Francis, giving them access to state-of-the-art surgical suites, specialty services and support teams
- SFHS patients will have access to TBJ physicians
- There will be expanded access to after-hours and weekend urgent care services for SFHS patients
The partnership addresses needs from both entities: SFHS has a need for additional orthopedic specialists and more sites of care across the region, and TBJ needs more access to the facilities, technology and related provider specialties that SFHS offers.
Looking to the future, plans are in the works for additional expansion at the Saint Francis Hospital South campus that will offer orthopedic patients easier access, lower costs and newer technology.
“We are looking forward to working with the Saint Francis team to take this service line to the next level. The expansion at the South campus will be a game changer for orthopedic care in the region,” said Dr. Kevin Dukes of Tulsa Bone & Joint.
Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates held a groundbreaking on July 18, 2023, for a new clinic that will open in Broken Arrow in 2024. The clinic will provide orthopedic urgent care services and scheduled orthopedic care, including follow-up care and physical therapy. Tulsa Bone & Joint Broken Arrow will be located at 8458 SH-51.
Christopher Crane, MD, will serve as the physician for the clinic. Dr. Crane joined Tulsa Bone & Joint in 2021 as physician for the practice’s Sand Springs location. He is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine with a subspecialty in sports medicine. Dr. Crane received his Fellowship in Sports Medicine from The University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. He was Chief Resident during his Sports Medicine Residency at the University of Texas at Tyler. He earned his MD from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Dr. Crane is a proud graduate of Broken Arrow High School and The University of Tulsa.
The clinic will also offer physical therapy, allowing the residents of Broken Arrow, Coweta, and surrounding areas to receive care close to home.
The clinic and physical therapy space will also house an X-ray machine to allow for fast diagnoses and on-site evaluation and treatment.
Tulsa Bone and Joint is thrilled to extend its reach in Broken Arrow. Tulsa Bone and Joint serves as team orthopedist for Broken Arrow High School and employs athletic trainers on site at the school.
“Tulsa Bone and Joint is excited to continue serving Broken Arrow and the surrounding communities through our new clinic in east Broken Arrow,” says Dr. Crane. “The clinic will allow us to provide quality orthopedic care for our patients conveniently closer to their home or work. We will be offering comprehensive physical therapy at this location as well. We’re proud to be a part of this growing community.”
Thanks to the City of Broken Arrow for filming the groundbreaking ceremony: https://fb.watch/lTH4LgC_2n/
We would like to thank the Broken Arrow Chamber and Miller-Tippens for their support at the groundbreaking ceremony.
By Caleb Nunley, MD
We are fortunate in the Tulsa area to have The Gathering Place and multiple other fun parks. Unfortunately, though, in orthopedics, we see multiple playground injuries. I thought it might be helpful to share some tips on playground safety in hopes of avoiding and preventing some of the most common injuries.
Below are some tips and general guidelines:
1) The child should always wear shoes to avoid splinters and cuts.
2) Sunscreen and plenty of water are important on hot summer days.
3) Make sure the playground has a soft surface underneath the equipment. This needs to extend several feet away from the equipment. This could be rubber, mulch, sand or other materials. The most common emergency room visit from a playground injury is from a fall. Also, check to ensure that the playground is well maintained. Equipment that is poorly maintained may have sharp edges, be unstable or rusty. If the playground equipment is wet, it increases the risk of slipping and falling, and if the equipment is hot, it is a risk for burns.
4) Make sure that the child is playing on developmentally appropriate equipment and utilizes the equipment appropriately.
- Monkey Bars: the child should be using for climbing and not acrobatic stunts.
- Swings: should not be used for jumping off of. Also, make sure children are aware when walking in front of swings.
- Slides: the child should never climb up the front of the slide. (As a parent of a two year old myself, I know this one is especially tough). The child should sit down on their bottom facing forward as they go down and should move away from the bottom of the slide as soon as they reach the ground. An important note is that toddlers should not go down the slide on a parent’s lap. This has been shown repeatedly to be a risk for leg fractures. Fractures/breaks can happen in multiple ways, including when the toddler’s leg is caught underneath the parent, when the child’s leg is caught on the side of the slide, and when the force of the parent accompanying them down breaks the leg.
5) Supervision is likely the most important factor in preventing injuries. This includes providing children guidance on the proper use of equipment, as well as monitoring and adhering to playground safety rules.
We hope you don’t need us, but if there is an orthopedic injury, please give us a call at 918-392-1400! Most importantly, have fun! Stay safe and happy playing!