Humboldt General Trustees Renew Orthopedic Contract

After three years and hundreds of successful cases, hospital officials have declared their newest service line a success.

The Humboldt General Hospital Orthopedic Clinic opened its doors in January 2015 in partnership with Synergy Surgicalists Inc.

Tuesday, December 19, Humboldt County Hospital District Trustees approved a second three-year contract with the group for orthopedic services through December 2020.

Three orthopedists, including Dr. Lud Kroner, Dr. Curtiss Mull and Dr. Richard Davis, provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week care at the hospital.

Together, the three bring over 100 years of seasoned experienced in the diagnosis, treatment and surgical care of the body’s bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves.

Not only do the specialists provide emergency fracture care, but they also treat local residents’ sports injuries, chronic degenerative conditions such as rotator cuff tears, or extremity reconstructions such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow or meniscus repair.

Equipment purchases over the past three years also allow the surgeons to perform more advanced orthopedic surgeries, such as total knee and hip replacements.

All surgeries are performed in Humboldt General Hospital’s new surgery suites using the most minimally invasive techniques available.

The initial three-year contract with Synergy marked the first time orthopedic surgical services were available in Winnemucca around the clock. Prior to the HGH-Synergy relationship, out-of-area orthopedists provided some care to residents locally; however, payer issues with regard to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance created difficulties for patients seeking treatment.

The HGH Orthopedic Clinic accepts Medicare and Medicaid; Synergy also accepts any insurance that is accepted by HGH.

Humboldt General Hospital’s Orthopedic Clinic is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. An orthopedist is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergency surgical care.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call the clinic during regular business hours at (775) 625-3090.