Lincoln Orthopaedic Center is a patient-centered orthopaedic practice.  They deliver the best specialized care in all areas of orthopaedics.  Lincoln Orthopaedic Center began in 1948 by Dr. H. Winnett Orr and J.C. Thomson.  The practice made several name changes and moves over the past 63 years.  LOC moved to their current location at 6900 A Street in 1996.

Who are the owners and important executives?
Our surgeons are all partners in the organization.  Dr. Matt Reckmeyer, President, Dr. Doug Tewes, Dr. Robert Vande Guchte, Dr. Keith Lawson, Dr. Doug Koch, Dr. Scott Bigelow, Dr. Nicholas Gove. Pat Ganyo is the Administrator of LOC, Doug Wyatt is the Surgery Center Manager and Michelle Knapp is LOC Manager.

What do you think makes you different from other companies similar to yours?
Established in 1948, we are the oldest orthopaedic group in the area.  LOC surgeons and support staff see each patient as an individual, not a number.  We realize everyone who comes through our doors has a unique case and unique way of understanding.  Our surgeons give patients the same level of care they would to their own family.  We also have a very dedicated staff with a combined 671 years working at LOC!

What do you like about doing business in Lincoln?
Lincoln is a small town in that our patients see LOC physicians and staff at church, restaurants, the grocery store and other local events.  This allows patients a glimpse at their orthopaedic surgeon on a personal level. Ultimately, the personal interaction and positive experience at LOC encourage referrals from these valued patients.  We also appreciate the relationships we have with the Lincolns’ medical and business communities.

What kind of community organizations/groups are you involved with?
We are active with many local charities and school organizations.
The Friendship Home recently honored us as one of their 2010 Community Partners.  Our annual golf event raises money for them and has done so for four years.
We also hold an annual food drive for the Lincoln Food Bank, our staff give blood to the Community Blood Bank. In addition, we support the Nebraska Chapter of The American Red Cross, Lincoln City Impact, Arthritis Foundation, United Way as well as area high school events and college organizations.

Do you have a business philosophy or mission statement?
LOC’s mission statement:  The Surgeons and staff of Lincoln Orthopaedic Center are committed to providing our patients superior quality surgical orthopaedic care with honesty, integrity and compassion.

What changes have you seen in the industry and your company in the past few years?
If you keep up on current events you know we are all facing immense changes in the healthcare industry.  Some of the changes affect LOC and our patients which results in more diverse service lines and an increase in specialized training or sub-specialties.  We have also seen improvement in implants, minimally invasive surgical procedures, and other therapy options.

What do you see happening with the business in the next five years?
We anticipate continued improvement and innovation with implants and surgical techniques.  We also expect the use of more durable products in joint replacement and fracture care.

What is one of the biggest challenges that your company has faced?
A challenge is to remain innovative and to continue delivering expertise in orthopaedic care within a challenging reimbursement environment.
What has been your most important achievement as a business? – Maintaining a quality group of surgeons dedicated to providing a high level of specialized care in all areas of orthopaedics since 1948.

What was the biggest turning point in your business?
We have been blessed with talented and committed orthopaedic surgeons who care about their patients and their staff.  We have continued to recruit and retain quality providers.

What is the most unique or interesting thing about your business that most people don’t know?
LOC has a two room operating center attached to the clinic.  It is used for outpatient surgeries such as, carpal tunnel, knee scopes, fracture care, rotator cuff repair and some back surgeries.  Patients enjoy the small atmosphere and the specific focus of orthopaedic care.

We also operate nine outreach clinics throughout Nebraska and Kansas.  Our surgeons travel to these areas on a weekly or bi-weekly basis:  Beatrice, Seward, Nebraska City, Tecumseh, Auburn, Marysville, KS, Henderson, York and David City.

What is one goal for your business that you have yet to accomplish?
We would love to build an addition to our current building.  With this we would look at expanding our services to the community of Lincoln.

Lincoln Orthopaedic Center
6900 A Street
(402) 436-2000