TCO Opens New Plymouth Facility To Expand Orthopedic Care
At the corner of Highway 55 and Rockford Road in Plymouth is a building that’s hard to miss. For officials with Twin Cities Orthopedics, that’s basically the point.
“In our previous site, we were providing great service, but we weren’t very visible to the community,” said Chris Bailey, the chief development officer for TCO.
Lack of visibility in TCO’s former location in Plymouth’s WestHealth building is part of the reason why the company opened the new, 70,000-square-foot campus, in early September.
“We’ve been envisioning ourselves in a larger footprint in Plymouth for years,” Bailey said.
TCO wanted a larger footprint not only to be more visible, but to provide more services.
“We can take care of all orthopedic care here,” Bailey said. “From the young to the old, spine, total joints, sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, wrist, we can do it all here.”
The building also has an orthopedic urgent care option that’s open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for anyone in need of immediate help.
“Yeah you can come up and see us as an unassigned patient. We take all insurance types. We want to be accessible to the community,” Bailey said.
Rehabbing torn ACL’s
It’s also not a bad place to do rehab work, which is something that Marin Johnson and Sidney Schmit of Delano High School discovered the hard way.
“So I tore my ACL during high school season my junior year,” said Marin Johnson, a soccer player for Delano.
Johnson’s longtime friend, and high school teammate, Sidney Schmit, had a similar experience.
“A girl came in and tackled me and I just like, I screamed so loud,” said Schmit, referring to an injury she suffered on the soccer field as a sophomore. “It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.”
Johnson and Schmit both suffered injuries to the same knee and went to TCO for treatment.
“They all care about you as a person. not only just as an athlete, but as a person,” Johnson said. “They just care so much about you.”
Sometimes that care requires tough love, especially when it comes to the work they had to do in the weight room while rehabbing their knees.
But the hard work pays off if it means being able to get back on the field.
“Even though I was out for a year and it really sucked, I want to go into [physical therapy] now and pursue a career in that,” Schmit said. “And I never would’ve found that if it weren’t for my injury.”
While staff members at TCO wouldn’t necessarily expect every patient to be inspired to pursue a career in physical therapy, the hope is that they’ll at least provide the type of care that will keep people coming back, should they ever need it.
“We have a strong community following, and we wanted to expand on that,” Bailey said. “And that’s what this facility let us do.”
Early next year, TCO Plymouth will also have an orthopedic surgery center, along with sleeping accommodations, for people who need to recover on-site.