Conemaugh Physician Group and Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics Announce New Future Together

August 21, 2019

Conemaugh Physician Group and Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine announced today a change in ownership, and a new future together.  Conemaugh Physician Group is purchasing the well-established and highly-regarded orthopedics practice. The new name of the group will be Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics – Conemaugh Physician Group. The physical location, providers and staff at the practice will remain the same, and all parties expect a seamless transition, with an official conversion date of October 1, 2019.

Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine has been in the region for 37 years.  Established in 1982 by J. Michael Moses, MD, the practice is currently led by President Ian Katz, MD.  Dr. Katz, Richard Schroeder, MD and Vincent Vena, MD have grown the practice over the past three decades and see this union with Conemaugh Health System as an opportunity to further advance the access to and quality of orthopedic care in the region.

“We’ve been working with Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics for a long time and have admired the exceptional care and outcomes they’ve achieved independently,” said William Caldwell, Conemaugh Health System market president. “By bringing Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics into the Conemaugh Health System family, our communities will benefit from the enhanced access to high quality orthopedic services. In turn, we can better support the providers with the clinical expertise and quality initiatives we have in place throughout the health system.”

Both groups acknowledge the challenges of recruiting physicians to the area and are excited about the opportunity to strengthen their collective ability to attract top orthopedic talent. The new practice is already making plans to add new orthopedic surgeons to the group. In addition, the new group will convert to the Conemaugh Connect powered by Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system, streamlining the flow of patient information between providers within the health system.

Providers at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics - Conemaugh Physician Group include: Ian Katz, MD; Richard Schroeder, MD; Vincent Vena, MD; and Kristin Strannigan, DPM. The offices will remain in their current locations with the same business hours at 2 Celeste Drive in Johnstown, and 236 Jamesway Road in Ebensburg. The phone number will remain (814) 255-6781.

To learn more about Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine visit www.westernpaortho.com. A new website URL will be established after the transition.

PHOTO: Leaders from Conemaugh Health System and Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine meet at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center to discuss the establishment of Western Pennsylvania Orthopedics – Conemaugh Physician Group. Pictured L-R:  Nicolene Kushner, President, Conemaugh Physician Group; Kristin Strannigan, DPM, Ian Katz, MD, Vincent Vena, MD and Richard Schroeder, MD of Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine (Dr. Ian Katz, President); and William Caldwell, Market President, Conemaugh Health System.