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Newton Medical Center to launch Newton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine on Oct. 1

Orthopedic surgeons Charles C. Craig, Ryan W. Livermore and J. Scott Pigg and sports medicine physician Jennifer Scott Koontz will join Newton Medical Center to create Newton Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. The program was announced Monday and will begin Oct. 1.

“We see the whole gamut of orthopedic issues, from knee and hip replacement to ACL repairs, rotator cuff repairs. We don’t do spine surgery, but the surgeons pretty much do everything else,” said Koontz, who does non-operative work.

The doctors will remain in their current office at 800 Medical Center Drive on the Newton Medical Center campus. They come from Pinnacle Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics, which also has locations in Hutchinson and McPherson. Those locations will continue to operate under Pinnacle.

Koontz said their team will work with schools for sports medicine and nursing homes for things such as joint replacements. She said there will not be changes to the current staff or office.

The move was a natural step, she said.

“Being a part of Newton Medical Center would be a good affiliation to have stronger connections in the community,” Koontz said. “It was a mutual connection that you just develop a relationship with your local hospital. You spend so much time together, and we recognized it would be beneficial for both of us want to offer a wider range of beneficial services for the community that it just made sense.”

Newton Medical Center CEO Steve Kelly said he is excited about the group joining the hospital.

“At Newton Medical Center, we have a very great relationship with our physicians, so when there came an opportunity for them to partnership with us, they approached us and we’re very excited about making that formal,” Kelly said. “The physicians in that group are excellent. We’re going to be able to really market their services in a larger area because of the group that we have.”

The physicians will be employed by Newton Medical Center. The number of physicians employed by Newton Medical Center has gone from none six years ago to 23 as of Oct. 1.

Craig received his medical degree from the University of Kansas, where he conducted a residency in orthopedic surgery. He served at Kenner Army Community Hospital at Fort Lee in Virginia before joining Axtell Clinic in 1978. He’s been in the Newton community several years.

A former assistant team physician for the New York Mets, Livermore conducted his residency in orthopedic surgery at the KU School of Medicine after graduating from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He received a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Pigg earned his medical degree at KU and completed his orthopedic residency at KU’s Wichita Orthopaedic Residency Program.

Koontz also graduated from KU’s medical school. She served residency at Via Christi and is board-certified in family medicine, with a certificate in sports medicine. She completed a sports medicine fellowship at Via Christi. In 2011, she was named a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Craig and Livermore are board-certified and Pigg is board-eligible in orthopedic surgery .