Franciscan Alliance and Rush University are partnering to provide orthopedic care in the Region.

The two organizations recently announced they had signed an agreement for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a physician-owned practice in Munster, to manage the Munster-based Franciscan Health Center for Joint Surgery, which opened in December.

"Franciscan Health is always striving to offer the highest quality of health care and technological advances in medicine, and this is yet another big step in that direction,” stated Patrick Maloney, president and CEO of the Franciscan Health hospital in Munster.

Dr. Denis Nam, an orthopedic surgeon with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, is being added to the medical staff at the Franciscan hospital and will serve as medical director of the joint replacement program. He will lead all aspects of joint replacement care, including staffing and protocols.

Current staff, including surgeons, will not be affected by the new agreement, according to a Franciscan spokesman.

This arrangement continues a push into the Region by Chicago hospitals. University of Chicago Medicine, Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital all have presences in Northwest Indiana. However, the former Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago recently ended its partnership with Franciscan to focus on its new downtown hospital.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush had previously only offered outpatient treatment at its clinic in Northwest Indiana.

“We are delighted to be joining forces with Franciscan Health Munster to offer exceptional inpatient options for our joint replacement and reconstruction patients,” stated Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, an orthopedic surgeon and managing partner at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.

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Giles is the health reporter for The Times, covering the business of health care as well as consumer and public health. He previously wrote about health for the Lawrence (Kansas) Journal-World. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.