Franciscan Medical Specialists’ Newest Building Receives Blessing

By: Franciscan Health Last Updated: July 30, 2014

Ortho-Blessing-01Franciscan Medical Specialists’ newest facility was blessed and dedicated during a packed ceremony July 29.

The building at 759 45th St., which opened June 23, houses orthopedics, podiatry and physical therapy services. Five physicians and five physical therapists practice onsite. Physicians include David Harris, M.D.; Jonathan Javors, D.O.; Jeffrey Meier, M.D., Upendra Patel, M.D. and John Rachoy, D.P.M.

The blessing program was hosted by Barb Greene, president of Franciscan Healthcare-Munster; Sister Jane Marie Klein, O.S.F., chairperson of the Franciscan Alliance Board of Trustees; and Alexander Stemer, M.D., president of Franciscan Medical Specialists. Father Gregory Holicky performed the blessing.

During the ceremony, Dr. Stemer discussed the vision of bringing orthopedics, podiatry and physical therapy closer to Franciscan Medical Specialists’ large rheumatology department and closer to existing MRI and CT equipment, saying, “our focus is on our patients and providing them with convenience and easily accessible care.”

The building opening provides an opportunity for Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan Medical Specialists physicians to work together in the same department and suite for the first time. The consolidation of services furthers the team approach that Franciscan Alliance has worked hard to achieve.

“It takes a lot of people from beginning to end to serve our patients,” Sister Klein said.

Patients can reach the department of orthopedics, podiatry and physical therapy by calling (219) 836-0296.