Featured Article: Washington University Orthopedics Expands to South County at the New Center for Advanced Medicine


Washington University Orthopedics in conjunction with Washington University Physicians and Barnes-Jewish Hospital recently opened a new office location at the Center for Advanced Medicine – South County to improve accessibility of orthopedic care to patients in the South County and surrounding communities.

Adam LaBore, MD, Clinic Director of the Center for Advanced Medicine – South County and a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, is one of the expert physicians seeing patients in this new location.

“Rather than having patients navigate the difficulties of a busier, high-volume main campus in the Central West End, we have brought the care out into the community where our patients live and work,” Dr. LaBore says. The clinic opened in April 2016 at I-55 and Butler Hill Road next door to the Siteman Cancer Center in order to better serve patients coming from the southern region and to create more of a community presence in South County.

The Center for Advanced Medicine – South County uses the same concept that was behind the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedics Center in Chesterfield. It puts the needs of the patient first, and everything else follows suit. Detailed steps were taken to design a patient-friendly space to minimize strain on the orthopedic patient. Minimizing patient steps along the way, creating a centralized cast room, and direct access to the radiology suite were all a priority in the design process.

"The building really has all the services an orthopedic patient might need. Onsite radiology, casting and splinting services, a hand therapy specialty clinic, occupational and physical therapy and outpatient surgery are all available at this facility with a large physical therapy gym. It really is a one-stop shop for orthopedic care or other specialty services, at a convenient location, with easy parking," Dr. LaBore says. In addition to seeing patients in South County, Dr. LaBore will also continue to have some clinic hours at the Washington University Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield. “We all work as a team, so it’s the same physicians and same level of care, just at different outpatient sites,” Dr. LaBore says.

Dr. LaBore’s specialty is physical medicine and rehabilitation, also referred to as physiatry, specializing in the diagnosis and non-surgical musculoskeletal care of spine, joint, ligament, muscle and tendon problems. He attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Chicago. After serving as an officer and active-duty physician in the U.S. Army, he joined Washington University Orthopedics in 2004.

In addition to physical medicine and rehabilitation, other orthopedic services at South County include foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and knee, musculoskeletal oncology, shoulder and sports medicine care. The associate director of the site is Sandra Klein, MD, a foot and ankle specialist.

Timely Access to Comprehensive Orthopedic Care
“We also have two nurse practitioners on site who help us see patients in a more timely fashion,” Dr. LaBore says. “These professionals make patient appointments more accessible, and because we all collaborate, patients receive consistent, high level care.” Corri Payton, MSN, APRN, BC, and Rich Planzo, MSN, DC, RN, NP-C, are the two physician extenders in South County. Appointment accessibility is an important component of these clinics, according to Dr. LaBore, and all physicians reserve spots in their day for same-day appointments. “Our team works hard to provide timely access to care.”

Dr. LaBore says that based upon the patient traffic at the location thus far, the South County clinic seems to be filling a need for the region. “We are all very exited about joining the other specialists who are already providing great care in the South County region and helping them care for the people of this area." The [orthopedic] clinic is located at 5201 Midamerica Plaza, Suite 1500, St. Louis, MO, and the clinic administrator is Jean Szerzinski, RN, MSN.

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More Information

  • Schedule an orthopedic appointment at the Center for Advanced Medicine – South County, call 314-514-3500 or request an appointment online.
  • View a listing of orthopedic specialties and physicians available at the South County location, click here.