Largest Northwest Indiana Orthopedic Specialists Group Aligns With Franciscan Health

Largest Northwest Indiana Orthopedic Specialists Group Aligns With Franciscan Health

Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, the largest orthopedic group in Northwest Indiana, and Franciscan Alliance, parent organization of Franciscan Health, entered into professional services and co-management agreements effective Jan. 1.

Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, which has been a major orthopedic presence in Porter County for 50 years, has expanded its service area to Lake and La Porte counties in recent years. It has offices in Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Schererville, Knox, La Porte and Michigan City. The group includes 16 orthopedic surgeons, three pain management physicians, five podiatrists, a rheumatologist, a clinical psychologist and 16 advanced practice providers.

“We are excited about this new strategic partnership with Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute that will provide even greater access to high-quality orthopedic care to the many communities we are privileged to serve. Their reputation is second to none and we look forward to expanding our two organizations’ primary goal of providing the highest level of clinical outcomes for our patients,” said Kevin Leahy, Franciscan Alliance corporate president and CEO.

Leahy added that by aligning with the largest orthopedic group in Northwest Indiana as an adjunct to the Franciscan Physician Network consisting of over 275 physicians, Franciscan Alliance believes it is making significant progress in providing the highest-quality orthopedic care to its patients, without the need of leaving the area to Chicago-based hospitals. He said that the institute has been successful in recruiting and retaining highly trained, top-quality orthopedic surgeons and has garnered an excellent reputation in leading edge orthopedics.

Franciscan Health has five hospitals in Lake, Porter and La Porte counties that include Hammond, Munster, Dyer, Crown Point and Michigan City. Construction is under way for a new hospital in Michigan City scheduled to be completed in late 2018.

“For over six years, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Franciscan Health in Crown Point,” said Thomas Kay MD, its president.

“During that time, we have recognized that both of our organizations share similar values focused on quality patient care. We are excited to help increase the scope of orthopedic services in Michigan City. LBJI remains committed to serving patients in all the communities where we are present.”

About Franciscan Alliance
The Franciscan Alliance health care ministry began in Lafayette, Ind., in 1875. Today, Franciscan Alliance is one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the Midwest with 14 hospital campuses, approximately 20,000 employees and a number of nationally recognized Centers of Health Care Excellence. Hospitals include: Franciscan Health Crown Point; Franciscan Health Michigan City; Franciscan Health Crawfordsville; Franciscan Health Lafayette East; Franciscan Health Lafayette Central; Franciscan Health Indianapolis; Franciscan Health Carmel; Franciscan Health Rensselaer; Franciscan Health Mooresville; Franciscan Health Chicago Heights, Ill.; Franciscan Health-Olympia Fields, Ill.; Franciscan Health Hammond; Franciscan Health Dyer; and Franciscan Health Munster.

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About Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute
Since 1968, the doctors at Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute have remained the region’s dedicated leaders in providing compassionate, specialized care. With nine state-of-the-art facilities, located in Chesterton, Crown Point, Knox, LaPorte, Michigan City, Portage, Schererville and Valparaiso, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute is committed to providing exceptional care for the back, neck and spine; joint replacement and revision; sports medicine; elbow; hand and wrist; hip; knee and shoulder; pain management; foot and ankle; as well as, neurosurgery, orthopedic trauma, podiatry, and rheumatology.

For more information on Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute and its doctors, visit or Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute on Facebook.