“After 28 years in private practice, I began looking for opportunities to allow me greater freedom to travel with my wife and spend time with family.  My family has grown to include two grown sons who are now married, a granddaughter (with a second due shortly) and miles of distance between their families.

My Synergy schedule allows me this free time.  When I work, I am busy.  However, when I am off, I am truly off–no office responsibilities, no patient calls and the confidence that the patients I have taken care of continue to receive quality care from my Synergy colleagues.

I also continue to be challenged with my work and find that the skills I have acquired over the 28 years are being put to good use.

I am more than happy with my decision to join Synergy. Perhaps my only regret is that this model was not available to me years ago.”

Thomas Macha, MD, Synergy Orthopedic Surgeon

“The physicians at Synergy Surgicalists have brought excellent responsiveness and quality care to our patients requiring emergency orthopedic care. Synergy offers quick solutions to long wait times and confusing follow up appointment for patients experiencing unexpected orthopedic emergencies. Synergy has helped streamline our transfer center processes. With one call, a referring physician is able to smoothly transition a patient from another site to our regional medical center. Their physicians are team oriented and demonstrate a focus on patient experience.

Since Synergy started their program, our volume and revenues have increase 80% for the acute care orthopedic serviceline. Follow up care is managed in a fashion to maximize outcomes and patient satisfaction. Synergy works closely with the existing orthopedic specialists and other servicelines in our medical center. We also are seeing increased volume and satisfaction from our elective orthopedic surgeons.

From a personal standpoint, many of the problems that arose from orthopedic call have gone away. This has allowed me to focus on the myriad of other issues that occur on a regular basis.”

Becky Pape, CEO, Good Samaritan Hospital

“I initially started Synergy as a temporary or “stop-gap” option while I was in between jobs. However, I am now settled in my new location, and when considering the local options (solo practice, group, hospital-employed), a large part of the conversation is my desire to stay involved at Synergy also. The organization provides so much support on both the front and back ends, and they take a very personal and individualized approach. If I want to speak to the CEO, I have his cell and can just give him a call. Great people are involved in this organization from top to bottom, and the surgeons I work with are great. I highly recommend Synergy!”

Timothy Hartshorn, MD, Synergy Orthopedic Surgeon

Synergy Surgicalists team members cover both general and orthopedic surgery needs at Penn Highlands DuBois 24/7, every day of the year. This comprehensive coverage has given our community surgeons the ability to stabilize and grow their respective practices. We are into our third year in partnership with Synergy.

The surgeons treat our patients with the utmost respect, and they are part of our community attending various activities, utilizing services, etc. This results in improved satisfaction with patients and family members. The Synergy Surgicalists are seen as part of the team at Penn Highland DuBois, which goes a long way in a rural setting.

A partnership with Synergy Surgicalists means that surgical patients are taken care of at Penn Highlands DuBois, and they stay in our system. Patients are diverted out of the system only if the case calls for a specialized high-level treatment or if requested by the family.

I have a great, open-structured relationship with the leadership at Synergy Surgicalists. As a hospital administrator, the support that I receive is open and highly collaborative. Each interaction that I have with Synergy is extremely cooperative. From the beginning of the partnership negotiations to the current time, I have always had the utmost respect for the Synergy leadership team.

Travis Millander, Healthcare Administrator

“If not for the opportunity that working for Synergy Surgicalists has offered me, I would not be able to pursue the career that I now enjoy. As my career in surgery has progressed, I have become very involved in health care policy in Washington, DC. Synergy has made it possible for me to carry out my health policy work without giving up my real vocation, the practice of surgery. This has allowed me a balance and flexibility that would otherwise not be available to me.”

John O’Shea, MD, Synergy General Surgeon

“Being a Synergy Orthopaedic Trauma Hospitalist results in the best of both worlds; professional satisfaction and abundant personal “down time”.  The niche’ you create by treating primarily orthopaedic trauma patients allows focused learning through collegial interaction, ample time to engage in abundant CME activities, challenging surgery, and the feeling of immediate gratification.”

Marty Gagliardi, MD, Synergy Orthopedic Surgeon