Bonutti Orthopedic Services, Ltd., its diagnostic imaging services, Biomax Rehabilitation, its urgent care and Occupational Medicine facility have joined with Sarah Bush Lincoln, to provide more comprehensive care to the community. SBL plans to retain all of the employees in these businesses.
All members of the seven-physician medical group will continue to serve the orthopedic needs of Effingham-area residents in the new clinic, SBL Bonutti Clinic. They include Peter Bonutti, MD, FACS, FAAOS, FAANA, (hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy and arthroplasty), Timothy Gray, MD, FAAOS, (trauma surgery), Frank Lee, MD, FAAOS, (hand, shoulder and upper extremity), Didi Omiyi, MD, (joint replacement and robotic surgery), Karl Rudert, DO, FACEP, (emergency medicine and occupational medicine), Joseph Ajdinovich, MD, (sports medicine), and Jonathan Workman, DO, (spine surgery). All are board certified except for Dr. Ajdinovich and Dr. Workman, who are board-prepared and completing requirements for board certification. Mid-level providers at the clinic include Kayla Deters, APN, Stacia Fallert, APN, Jennifer Hess, APN, Nickolas Williams, PA-C, Thomas Williams, PA-C, and Lucas Zumbahlen, APN.
Additionally, Effingham County residents have access to the orthopedic surgery-neurosurgery team that is already in place at Sarah Bush Lincoln’s main campus in Mattoon. It consists of orthopedic surgeons Eric Brewer, DO, Michael Chioffe, MD, James Kohlmann, MD, Louis Mendella, DO, Donald M. Sandercock II, DO, FAOAO, Jeremy Stevens, MD, and Neurosurgeon Emilio Nardone, MD, FAANS. All are board certified except for Dr. Brewer, who is board-prepared and finishing requirements for board certification.
Sarah Bush Lincoln President and CEO Jerry Esker, said, “This is an exciting time for us. The Bonutti physicians and mid-level providers are very talented and we are thrilled to work with them to create a regional presence in orthopedic care.
Together with SBL’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine’s six orthopedists and neurosurgeon, this creates one of the largest orthopedic and musculoskeletal groups in downstate Illinois with a wide variety of specialists using cutting edge technology and innovation. Its commitment is to grow and expand in orthopedic subspecialty areas to better meet the needs of the region.
Community members won’t notice any changes for several months, other than changes to the building signage and letterhead. “The Bonutti organization is a very well-run group and we believe we can learn from its staff members,” Esker said. “We’re going to take our time and get to know each other.”
Orthopedic Surgeon Peter Bonutti, MD, said, “I am excited about joining an organization that is focused on providing the highest quality of specialty care. We considered several options before deciding to partner with Sarah Bush Lincoln. It is a stellar organization, run by a community board of directors for the benefit of the people it serves. We’re extremely pleased to say that all of our employees will continue to work here and reap the benefits of working with a community-based healthcare organization with decision-making at a local level.”
He added, “Sarah Bush Lincoln is an organization that we know will truly care for our community. Our group is looking forward to working together and being able to grow and provide more robust services. This news has been very well received here.”
Dr. Bonutti said that since he is free of the business responsibilities of operating a large medical practice, he has more time for patient care innovation and research to enhance the quality of care. Dr. Bonutti retains ownership of his other companies. The clinic remains in the same location at 1301 W. Evergreen Ave., Effingham, and its phone number remains unchanged at (217) 342-3400.
Sarah Bush Lincoln has long held a medical presence in Effingham with Lincolnland Home Care and Hospice, Lincolnland Home Medical Equipment and the SBL Effingham Clinic that houses ENT services, Sleep Disorders Center and a dynamic reference lab at 905 N. Maple. In fact, 382 of Sarah Bush Lincoln’s 2,450 employees are residents of Effingham County. SBL and its employees support community events through partnerships, financial donations and volunteerism.