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June 09, 2020

The Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) published this piece on June 9th. We commend the Academy for taking a stand and paving the way for a new commitment to diversity in the orthopedic community.


'We Stand with You’
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Anyone who has seen the graphic video of George Floyd being pinned down and suffocated by a Minneapolis police officer cannot help but be horrified.
There is no justification for this violence. This incident follows the recent shooting of Ahmaud Arbery as he was jogging through a Georgia neighborhood, as well as the case of Christian Cooper, who was wrongly accused of threatening a woman while he was bird watching in New York City. The detrimental effects these incidents have on our society, and especially on black communities, should not and cannot be underestimated.
The Academy respects the lives of every person regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, or sexual orientation, and we strongly condemn what has recently occurred.
To our Academy members of color, we stand with you. Every human life matters to us. As the poet John Donne wrote: “Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
We believe that although words are important, deeds matter most. I have always believed that our Academy and its leadership ought to look more like the population we serve. This is reflected in one of the three goals of our Strategic Plan: to evolve the culture and governance of AAOS’ board and volunteer structure to become more strategic, innovative, and diverse.
A more diverse Academy will lead to better care for our patients, including those of color. Your Academy will respond to these episodes by demonstrating the very best of human nature and compassion—values we continue to uphold as we face our future together.
Sincerely,
Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS
AAOS President
June 05, 2020

We applaud the statement of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) posted on June 5th, and appreciate the thoughtful words that the Orthopedic community puts forth.


June 02, 2020

dortho outside 1591137314OrthoConnecticut, the region’s leading orthopedic specialty practice, will fully reopen their Danbury, New Milford, Southbury, Ridgefield, Litchfield and Sharon offices by June 15th.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, OrthoConnecticut has only been open for emergencies, limited in-office appointments and telemedicine appointments since early March. “We are excited to get back to work,” says OrthoConnecticut President, Michael Brand, M.D. “The safety of our patients and staff is our highest priority, and we are looking forward to caring for patients with injuries or postponed surgeries. We know everyone is eager to return to some sense of a normal routine and to more activity. Our reopening plans and extended office hours allow us to fully attend to our patients’ needs, while abiding by all safety protocols.”

New Safety Precautions in Place

Patients can be assured that the safety and well-being of the community is always OrthoConnecticut’s utmost priority, and now more than ever, the practice is taking further precautions to ensure safety. All providers and staff are required to wear masks and personal protective equipment (PPE). The practice is implementing the strictest cleaning measures, systematically sanitizing patient rooms and workspaces.

Upon arrival, patients will be screened for symptoms of illness and the number of patients allowed in an office at any one time is limited. New, plexiglass desk dividers limit exposure between patients and staff during the registration and check out process. Spacious offices enable easy social distancing, particularly in the Danbury office. Patients scheduled for surgery will be required to be tested for Covid-19 and should discuss this with their surgeon ahead of time.

Since 1954, OrthoConnecticut has been dedicated to providing both operative and non-operative solutions to musculoskeletal issues, diagnosing and treating orthopedic issues that affect mobility and quality of life. Currently, the Danbury, New Milford, and Sharon offices are open Monday thru Friday 8-5. For appointments in Ridgefield, Southbury or Litchfield please visit the website or call the office for the current schedule.

Dr. Brand continues, “The practice’s physicians and staff are grateful to the community for its patience during this unusual time and for their continued trust in our practice”.

OrthoCare Express, the practice’s orthopedic urgent care service, remains open Monday through Friday, 8 am - 5 pm in Danbury and New Milford, and 9 am -3 pm in Danbury on weekends. Telemedicine appointments continue to be available for non-immediate care and consultations, please call 203-797-1500 or 860-355-8000 to schedule an appointment.

For more information or to make an in-office or telemedicine appointment, please call us at 203-797-1500, or visit us at myorthoct.com.

April 03, 2020

telemedicine image 350x234 72dpiRidgefield, CT (April 2, 2020)- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, OrthoConnecticut is now offering telemedicine -  virtual visits which enable you to see an orthopedic surgeon from the privacy & safety of your own home or office.

Did you know that many orthopedic issues, including some urgent issues, can be diagnosed using telemedicine appointments? You can get the specialized orthopedic care you need during this period of physical distancing and staying close to home. Telemedicine is simple to use, and the secure video conferencing technology can be used with any device.

Telemedicine Benefits

  • Get a diagnosis on new musculoskeletal issues
  • Follow up on an existing issue
  • Get post-surgical advice from your own physician
  • Practice physical distancing without reducing your quality of care
  • Review diagnostic tests such as x-rays and MRIs during a telemedicine visit
  • Simple and easy scheduling
  • Insurance processing for telemedicine and in-office visits are the same

How it Works

To schedule your telemedicine appointment with a specialist, call the number for the office location of your choice. All Telemedicine appointments must be booked by phone:

Danbury

203-797-1500

Norwalk

203-845-2200

New Milford   

860-355-8000

Pain Center

203-792-7246

Our staff will help schedule your virtual appointment. A consent form and step-by-step directions will then be sent to you, explaining exactly how to perform a virtual visit with our physicians.  

OrthoConnecticut will continue to provide quality care while keeping our patients and staff safe by limiting unnecessary risk and exposure.  The practice appreciates the community’s patience while we navigate this unprecedented environment.

About OrthoConnecticut

OrthoConnecticut is the region’s premier, multi-specialty orthopedic practice, helping patients regain mobility, lead active lives, and attain optimal well-being. The practice’s urgent care service, OrthoCare Express, is open 7 days a week for emergencies and is available in Danbury, Darien, New Milford, Norwalk and Westport. To make a telemedicine appointment with any of the practice’s specialists, or to learn more visit http://www.myorthoct.com/ or call 1.833.ORTHOCT (1.833.678.4628).