Evangelical Community Hospital, a general medical and surgical hospital in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has acquired SUN Orthopaedic Group to provide the most comprehensive level of orthopaedic care in the region.

Under the agreement, SUN Ortho’s surgical expertise and staff joins with Evangelical’s staff, advanced technology and facilities, including eight modern and fully equipped surgical suites.

SUN Ortho comprises of a team of eight Board Certified orthopaedic surgeons specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of bone and joint disorders, and sports injuries.

SUN Ortho’s team offers expertise in orthopaedic surgery, reconstruction, sports medicine, musculoskeletal injuries and physical therapy.

The acquistion, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, will cater to the growing needs of the community.

With this acquistion, patients will have uninterrupted access to Evangelical’s Center for Orthopaedics, where procedures are performed by a team dedicated solely to the care of orthopaedic patients.

Evangelical Community Hospital president and CEO Michael O’Keefe said that demand for orthopaedic surgery is growing, as people live longer and want to stay active and healthy.

"By officially bringing SUN Ortho into our family, we are confident about meeting that demand and offering our orthopaedic patients the continuum of care that’s so vital for recovery."

"By officially bringing SUN Ortho into our family, we are confident about meeting that demand and offering our orthopaedic patients the continuum of care that’s so vital for recovery," O’Keefe added.

The two healthcare groups have worked together in the past and have collaborated on nearly 3,300 total hip, knee and shoulder replacements on patients between the ages of 24 and 92.

In January 2013, Evangelical opened its Center for Orthopaedics to expand its orthopaedic focus.

This speciality unit is also available for unplanned, emergent needs such as fractures and sports injuries for patients who require orthopaedic care and rehabilitation.

Evangelical is a non-profit organisation that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff.

The hospital is licensed to accommodate 130 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets.