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Methodist Sports Medicine to Merge with Bloomington Bone & Joint Clinic

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2018) – Methodist Sports Medicine announced today that the company has merged with Bloomington Bone & Joint Clinic, creating a new Methodist Sports Medicine Bloomington clinic. The transaction was completed in December 2017 and the companies will officially merge effective April 2018.

The Bloomington-based fully-staffed orthopaedic practice specializes in non-operative and operative treatment of musculoskeletal disease and injury, including fracture care, joint reconstruction, and stabilization of ligaments, tendons and muscle injuries. It also features full on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities.

“This merger gives Methodist Sports Medicine the opportunity to bring the two businesses together to offer our patients a broader service area, plus bring additional resources to Bloomington,” Dr. Mark Ritter, President of Methodist Sports Medicine, said. “We put together two groups sharing similar missions in terms of patient care and service, and will continue our goal of providing exceptional care to the Southern Indiana region.”

Bloomington Bone & Joint was founded in 1992 by Dr. Sterling Doster who has since retired. It has approximately 20 employees, including its three partners – Dr. Gregory Fox, Dr. Dale Dellacqua and Dr. Rick Weidenbener.

Methodist Sports Medicine and Bloomington Bone & Joint’s relationship dates back to the early 1980s, when Dr. Doster and Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. John McCarroll began providing sports medicine treatment for the Indiana University (IU) football team together.

Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. Peter Maiers has been working at Bloomington Bone & Joint for the past few years as well, and currently serves as the head team orthopedist for IU’s football team.

“Our two groups have worked together to take care of Indiana University athletes since 1983,” Dr. Fox said. “It was a natural transition and perfect fit to merge Methodist Sports Medicine and Bloomington Bone & Joint all these years later.”

Dr. Fox is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon and a respected authority in arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstruction. Dr. Fox’s areas of expertise include rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair.

Dr. Weidenbener specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs several orthopaedic procedures with an emphasis on sports medicine.

“This merger has truly come full circle, as I did my sports medicine fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine from 1991 to 1993 under the mentorship of Dr. Art Rettig, Dr. Gary Misamore, Dr. Don Shelbourne and Dr. Chuck VanMeter,” Dr. Weidenbener said.

Dr. Dellacqua is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon experienced in micro-vascular reconstruction. Dr. Dellacqua is an expert in the care and treatment of traumatic and non-traumatic conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow.

With the addition of this new clinic, Methodist Sports Medicine will welcome Dr. Scott Linger, who will be working exclusively at the Bloomington clinic treating general sports medicine patients starting in August 2018.

Dr. Linger graduated from Purdue University School of Pharmacy as valedictorian, before going to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) where he graduated in 2012. He has received a number of prestigious awards including Outstanding Chief Resident Award, Outstanding Resident Teacher at IUSM and Top Acts Physician of the Year Nominee.

Dr. Linger uses his downtime to spend time with his wife and two children, and he enjoys golf, hockey, cycling and skiing.

Bloomington Bone & Joint is located at 639 South Walker Street in Bloomington, Indiana.