Monday’s ribbon cutting ceremony not only showcased the completed Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, but it also honored the group’s founder, Dr. Craig Ferrell, in a special way.
Ferrell passed away in 2012 after sustaining injuries from a horse riding accident. Longtime friend and business partner, Dr. Paul Thomas, an orthopedic surgeon, described Ferrell as a “visionary” and “having a servant’s heart”.
Accompanied by Ferrell’s wife, Lorraine, Thomas unveiled a special portrait of Ferrell as well as his old locker in the new lobby of the institute.
Thomas used to share a locker next to Ferrell. He described Ferrell’s as a “symbol of his spirit”.
“His God given talents flowed from God, to that locker and then into Craig’s hands,” Thomas said. “I look at it as a conduit of healing that flows from the good Lord to Craig, to us and the thousands of lives that he changed all over Middle Tennessee and beyond.”
Thomas went on to describe Ferrell as the best surgeon he had been around in his entire life.
“You wanted to be around Craig, because he made you better,” Thomas said. “He made this world a better place.”
Williamson, Inc. President and CEO Matt Largen applauded Williamson Medical Center’s and the institute’s partnership to add 155 staff.
“Healthcare is such an important factor in terms of economic development,” he said. “We’re so fortunate and blessed in Williamson County to have great access to healthcare.”
CEO of Williamson Medical Center Don Webb said the partnership would help strengthen the needs within the communities they serve.
“The Bone and Joint Institute and its highly skilled physicians and staff are an integral part of our ability to continue to advance our services and meet the needs within our communities,” he said.
Darren Harris, CEO of Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, outlined near-future plans that are already in the works. They include:
Adding three new partners to the practice in the next three months
Installing a CT scanner next week with plans for a future MRI
Adding a surgery center for potential 23-hour overnight stays
In 2017, Williamson Medical Center announced the partnership with the institute. The following year, it broke ground.
The $40 million, 121,252-square-foot, freestanding medical office opened on Williamson Medical Center’s main campus in April 2019 and was designed to accommodate orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine and spinal surgery.
Spaces in the facility include six orthopaedic surgery operating rooms and shell space for additional ORs. Other accommodations include outpatient imaging services, physical therapy and occupational therapy, nine private rooms for extended PACU patient recovery, physician offices, clinic space and bistro dining with an outdoor terrace, along with an after-hours clinic.