Details for Rocky Mtn Orthopaedic Assoc Pc

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Medical group membership empowers
doctors for better patient outcomes
Dan Ryan

For SCL Health Medical Group


hen Rocky Mountain Orthopedics (RMO)
became part of SCL Health Medical
Group last year, it was a game-changer for
orthopedic care in western Colorado. “The scale
and resources of being part of an integrated health
care system and medical group bring tremendous
advantages to both providers and patients,”
said Pam Bachorski, administrator for SCL
Health Medical Group- RMO. “These advantages
ultimately mean better patient care. That is our
focus here.”
Originally founded in 1950, RMO was known
for decades as the largest, most comprehensive
orthopedic group between Denver and Salt Lake
City. Today, SCL Health Medical Group-RMO is
building on that legacy with enhanced capabilities,
easier access to care, improved operational
efficiencies and better patient outcomes. “It’s all
about the patient experience,” said Bachorski.
“SCL Health Medical Group is dedicated to
providing the best health care possible. We do this
by joining the most experienced and highly trained
physicians with advanced systems that empower
them to bring their skills fully to bear for the
benefit of our patients.”
One of those physicians — Dr. Mary Beth
Deering — was recognized by SCL Health as
St. Mary’s Physician of the Year. The only
board certified and fellowship-trained pediatric
orthopedic surgeon on the Western Slope, Deering
was chosen for her dedication to and compassion
for her young patients. “If it weren’t for Dr.
Deering, many children who need specialized
orthopedic treatment simply couldn’t get the care
they need locally,” said Bachorski. “She is beloved
by her patients and highly respected by her peers
and richly deserves this award.” In addition to
her passion for working with kids, Dr. Deering
also has a special interest in adult and pediatric

trauma. She served as the first director for the
Orthopedic Trauma Service at St. Mary’s Hospital,
as well as a member of the St. Mary’s Hospital
Trauma Committee for several years. She is also
an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
and enjoys teaching other physicians, community
nurses, and paramedics. “Dr. Deering exemplifies
the dedication to patient care that all providers
within SCL Health Medical Group share,” said
Orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement
specialist Dr. Mark Luker agreed. “We have an
amazing group of dedicated orthopedic providers,”
he said. “Our objective is to continue to work
together to advance what we call the ‘triple aim’
goal of health care: improving quality, cost and
patient satisfaction. As part of SCL Health Medical
Group we are confident that we can advance this
work more quickly to benefit our patients and
In addition to pediatric orthopedics, SCL Health
Medical Group- RMO provides patients with
expertise in a variety of sub-specialties including
joint replacement, trauma/fracture care, foot &
ankle treatment and sports medicine. A team of
neurosurgeons from St. Mary’s also see patients
at RMO, offering greater expertise and treatment
in spine care. The practice also has a deep roster
of physician assistants, physical therapists,
nurse practitioners and a massage therapist that
augment the quality of patient care.
“The operational efficiencies afforded by being
part of SCL Health Medical Group have certainly
enhanced our capabilities to provide better patient
care,” said Bachorski. “We can coordinate better
with primary care providers, give our physicians
increased access to training programs, provide
our patients with on-line educational seminars
and much more. But ultimately, it’s about our
people. We have the most dedicated and highly
trained staff of physicians, therapists and support
staff anywhere, all focused on one thing: helping
patients reclaim their quality of life.”