MISSOULA BONE & JOINT UPDATES
Missoula Bone & Joint brings you up-to-date news about our practice. We are growing and expanding our services as Missoula and the surrounding area is also growing and expanding.
Hospital Privileges as of 1/1/2023
As of January 1, 2023 Missoula Bone & Joint will no longer have privileges at Community Medical Center, so our patients should go to Providence St. Patrick’s hospital for emergencies if they would like an MBJ physician to provide treatment.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update as of 8/22/2022
Masks continue to be optional for patients, guests and staff. We will have both surgical and N-95 masks available for any patients, staff or visitors who choose to wear a mask for personal risk or preference. If a patient requests that our Provider and staff wear a mask, we will happily wear a mask during your interaction. If you have Covid symptoms please stay home and reschedule your appointment by calling our clinic (406)721-4436. If you need to reach your provider's orthopedic assistant, click here for our directory.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update as of 2/28/2022
Masks will be optional effective March 1, 2022 in accordance with new CDC mask guidelines. Masks will be optional for patients, guests and staff. We will have both surgical and N-95 masks available for any patients, staff or visitors who choose to wear a mask for personal risk or preference. If a patient requests that our Provider and staff wear a mask, we will happily wear a mask during your interaction. Our county is in the medium level which means the CDC still recommends that those at high risk for severe illness (immunocompromised, recommended by PCP, and those unvaccinated/boosted) continue to wear a mask. If you have Covid symptoms please stay home and reschedule your appointment by calling our clinic (406)721-4436. Thank you for your patience and acceptance of the constant changes as we continue to navigate this together.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update as of 1/20/2022
We were hoping, along with most people, that this year we could start new, however with the spread of the omicron variant we will continue with our covid-19 policy as follows:
We continue to require patients to wear a mask at all appointments. Our staff are required to wear a mask at all times while at work.
- Please wear a mask that covers your nose and your mouth when you enter our building and for your entire appointment.
- If you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms please call to reschedule your appointment, or schedule a telehealth appointment.
- If you prefer to wait in your vehicle after checking in, instead of in our lobby, please let us know and we can text you when your exam room is available.
Please show compassion for our staff and others as we continue to be affected by the coronavirus and its spread. Safety of our staff and our patients is our top priority. We appreciate your trust in our services and look forward to working with you in 2022.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony led by Dr. Glenn Jarrett, MBJ physician group and Missoula Chamber of Commerce
December 2019: Same quality care. Same location. New services. New facility.
Missoula Bone & Joint is taking outpatient surgery to the next level of care and patient experience. We are most proud of our quality patient care and this won't change, we have an incredible team of surgery staff. What will change with this facility is the patient comfort with 6 private recovery suites, comfortable environment for the patients' family and support team, and an amazing work environment for our amazing staff.
We will be adding total joint replacement surgeries and spine procedures to our services with the ability to extend a patients stay up to 23 hours, this includes an overnight stay if needed. Our surgeons will still have privileges at both hospitals as not every patient is suitable for outpatient surgery.
We feel so supported by our Missoula community and our Missoula business community, with the Missoula Chamber of Commerce Rangers officiating the ribbon cutting ceremony.
MEDICAL FRAUD WARNING – Nationwide Brace Scam Alert -
Please be advised that various organizations are contacting individuals by phone or mail offering them back braces and/or knee braces and claiming these braces are covered by Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance programs. These individuals are not associated with Missoula Bone & Joint and have never been provided with any patient information. If one of our providers recommend that a brace is medically necessary they will discuss this with you in person during one of your appointments, not on the phone or by mail.
There is also another scam where someone identifying themselves as calling from a medical practice such as Missoula Bone & Joint asks for verification of your personal information, i.e., your address, in an attempt to steal your identity.
Missoula Bone & Joint takes these matters very seriously. By making you aware of this, we hope this will stop patients from falling victim to these scams. If you receive a phone call or a post card in the mail from anyone claiming to be from Missoula Bone & Joint that appears to be suspicious, please call our office at (406) 721-4436. Never give out your Medicare card number, Social Security number, birth date, address, bank account info, or credit card number to an unknown party. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are very aware of these scams and recommend reporting instances of fraud to them at https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/report-fraud and the to the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker at https://www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us.
Energy Efficiency is a priority at the new Outpatient Surgery Center under construction on Mullan Road.
November 2019: Missoula Bone & Joint worked closely with MMW Architects to select and detail several components to minimize energy consumption for the new outpatient surgery center. A good building envelope, energy efficient lighting and efficient mechanical systems is estimated to use 24.3% less energy than a code-minimum building. There will be 160 solar panels on the roof to offset electric consumption from the power grid. The solar system is expected to generate 13.9% of the electrical use for the building based on solar output and building energy consumption estimates.
Here is a more detailed breakdown of what this means.
- A super-insulated building envelope was specified for the project.
- Exterior walls have insulation in the stud cavities and continuous rigid insulation on the exterior.
- White roofing material and continuous insulation at the roof minimize heat transfer from interior/exterior.
- High-performing exterior windows and skylights were selected.
- All of these measures result in a building envelope that exceeds Code minimum requirements by 15%.
- Energy efficient lighting and controls were selected throughout the project (LED and fluorescent fixtures).
- Heating is by 96% efficient condensing boilers and is via air distribution from roof top mechanical units. Each mechanical zone has a VAV box with heated and chilled water to adjust air temperature as called for in the zone.
- Ground source water wells are used for cooling. A heat exchanger in the mechanical room uses the cold water from the ground and transfers the cold temperature to glycol, which is pumped to the roof top mechanical units. Cooling is by water because it is more efficient than electric condensing units.
- There will be 160 solar panels on the roof to offset electric consumption from the power grid. The solar system is expected to generate 13.9% of the electrical use for the building based on solar output and building energy consumption estimates.
- The system size is 59.2kW, and Solar Plexus has estimated that it will generate 65,063 kW hours of electricity annually. To help put that in perspective, the EPA has a calculator on their website that you can use to equate 65,063 kWh/annually into some metrics that are more relatable. For example, that kW is equivalent to taking 9.8 passenger cars off the road annually or driving 112,492 miles in an average passenger car, or the equivalent to powering 8 average homes per year.
September 13th, 2019: Update on New Surgery Center - we are on target to open in November 2019. It is changing everyday, and we are only seeing the outside. Stay tuned for Grand Opening dates.
July 30th, 2019: Construction of the New Surgery Center update. It is really taking shape now with the siding and windows making progress.
January 7th, 2019: Update on the construction of the New Surgery Center - the structural steel has finally started flying, the water line was installed last week, and the contractor is working on setting up gas services and heat which will be needed for the 2nd floor deck concrete pour.
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Congratulations to Kailey Ryan, DPT, OCS
Kailey obtained the highest designation in physical therapy - Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics, OSC, from ABPTS. We are so proud of her commitment to obtaining advanced knowledge, skills, and experience in orthopedics to provide the best patient care.
Dr. Roster, from our Foot & Ankle Specialty Clinic, test drives the new knee Rollabout scooter NOW Available at Missoula Bone & Joint. The rollabouts are ideal for patients with foot or ankle conditions that require non-weight bearing for a period of time. Our DME department also has crutches and walkers available.
Dr. Mark Channer was featured in Becker's Orthopedic Review on Monday, 16 October, 2017 as an Orthopedic Surgeon to Know!
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Tune in to KGVO Health Talk 101.5 FM on Monday September 11th at 8.30am to hear Dr. Michael Wright chat about Sports Medicine, more specifically hip arthroscopy, rotator cuff tears, ACL injuries, and meniscus tears. Dr. Wright will be taking calls from listeners on air so call in to the studio with any sports medicine questions. Click here to listen to the live recording.
Tune in to KGVO Health Talk 101.5 FM on Monday June 19th to hear Dr. Rob Amrine chat with Peter Christian and Jon King about the following topics:
1) Youth sports: Single sport vs. multi sport athletes
2) Training Programs based on age
3) Overtraining Syndrome
4) Strength Training for Endurance Sports
It is aired live so call in with your questions for Dr. Amrine.