Largest orthopedic group in Northwest Indiana aligns with Franciscan Alliance

Dr. Anthony Levenda with Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute examines an athlete for concussion in August. The orthopedic group is aligning with Franciscan Alliance. 

Tony V. Martin, The Times

The largest orthopedic group in Northwest Indiana, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, has aligned with Franciscan Alliance.

The health care providers entered into professional services and co-management agreements, an arrangement in which Franciscan Health contracts with Lakeshore physicians to provide orthopedic services and handles the administrative costs.

“We are excited about this new strategic partnership with Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute that will provide even greater access to high-quality orthopedic care to the many communities we are privileged to serve," Franciscan Alliance President and CEO Kevin Leahy said. "Their reputation is second to none and we look forward to expanding our two organizations’ primary goal of providing the highest level of clinical outcomes for our patients."

The 50-year-old Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute has expanded beyond its home base in Porter County to neighboring Lake and LaPorte counties in recent years.

The group has 16 orthopedic surgeons, three pain management physicians, five podiatrists, a rheumatologist, a clinical psychologist and 16 advanced practice providers spread out among offices in Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Schererville, Knox, LaPorte and Michigan City.

“For over six years, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Franciscan Health in Crown Point,” President Thomas Kay said. “During that time, we have recognized that both of our organizations share similar values focused on quality patient care. We are excited to help increase the scope of orthopedic services in Michigan City. Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute remains committed to serving patients in all the communities where we are present.

Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute will serve as an adjunct to the Franciscan Physician Network of more than 275 physicians at hospitals in Hammond, Munster, Dyer, Crown Point and Michigan City. Leahy said the alignment should help Franciscan offer the "highest quality orthopedic care" so that patients won't have to seek such care in Chicago.

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