Division Spotlight on Chesapeake Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine

Published December 10, 2014

After nearly 40 years caring for patients in Anne Arundel and Howard counties as a private practice, the doctors of Chesapeake Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine chose to become one of the first divisions of The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics. Recognizing the challenges faced by independent doctors and practices, they were eager to leverage the new CAO business model as a way to preserve physician autonomy to deliver the best orthopaedic care.

Chesapeake Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine was founded in 1974 in Glen Burnie as the solo practice of Leo Courtney, M.D. Now, the practice includes Terrence O’Donovan, M.D., Bryan Klepper, M.D., Hugh House, M.D. and Donald Harrison, D.P.M.

Over the years, the division added a location in Hanover, MD, and established a physical therapy practice in both facilities with four physical therapists. As the practice grew, so did the list of specialties, which now include sports medicine, arthroscopy and joint replacement surgery along with shoulder, elbow and hand, foot and ankle, hip, knee, back and neck injuries.

Anticipating the growing need for sports medicine services in their local community, Chesapeake has just hired Russell Bear, D.O., F.A.A.O.S., to start in January. Dr. Bear also specializes in sports medicine as well as shoulder and elbow disorders and previously spent 12 years caring for soldiers and Afghanistan citizens with the United States Army.

As a smaller practice, the doctors at Chesapeake appreciate The Centers’ strength in numbers, providing them with a collaborative network of peers as well as favorable contract negotiations and quality bundled payment. Over the next year, they are looking forward to creating a five-star, standardized patient experience and streamlined referral process to ensure that every patient within The Centers receives the very highest quality of personalized orthopaedic treatment at every location, making The Centers a leader in musculoskeletal care.

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