Lewis Gale Physicians
October 04, 2018

SALEM, VA. – Oct. 4, 2018 – LewisGale Regional Health System announced today it is acquiring Salem-based Virginia Orthopaedic effective October 1. The new entity will be named LewisGale Physicians – Virginia Orthopedics, as nine of Virginia Orthopaedic’s 10 providers will remain with the new organization.

“Virginia Orthopaedic has been a pillar in the community since 1999 and enjoys a strong, excellent reputation throughout Southwest Virginia,” explains Michelle Peery, director of operations at LewisGale Physicians. “Virginia Orthopaedic has partnered with LewisGale Medical Center’s orthopedic team for years, working together, side-by-side. It’s a natural fit that this group of experienced, highly-qualified orthopedic surgeons formally joins LewisGale Physicians where they will comprise a large part our orthopedic and spinal surgery team. We welcome the continued strengthening of our longstanding relationship as it will enable us to work even closer together as one team, delivering the highest levels of quality orthopedic care to patients throughout southwest Virginia.”

“We’ve been affiliated with LewisGale for 25 years – in part because we utilize their facilities for patients who require hospital care – so this new chapter is a natural evolution of that ongoing, strong relationship,” explains Preston Waldrop, M.D., with Virginia Orthopaedic. “One of the many benefits of moving forward with this new aspect of our relationship is that we’ll be able to offer patients additional services, care and access, while continuing to utilize LewisGale’s facilities.”

Some additional services Dr. Waldrop cites as now being available to the practice through HCA – LewisGale Physicians’ parent company – include online appointment scheduling and other technology-related initiatives – services that are often challenging to implement and maintain in a smaller-practice setting.

Following the transition, LewisGale Physicians – Virginia Orthopedics will operate from Virginia Orthopaedic’s present offices at 101 Knotbreak Road in Salem – minutes away from LewisGale Medical Center. LewisGale Physicians – Virginia Orthopedics will also continue to offer the area’s only urgent care/walk-in orthopedic clinic open six days a week, but will relocate the clinic from 1917 Electric Road in Salem to the Knotbreak Road facility, treating sports injuries, breaks, accidents and sprains on a walk-in basis.

Current Virginia Orthopaedic providers remaining with the new organization include:

  • Preston Waldrop, MD
  • Gregory Riebel, MD
  • James Farmer, MD
  • Jeremy Smalley, MD
  • Christian Conrad, PA-C
  • R. Michael Wilson, PA-C
  • Mackenzie Prandi, PA-C
  • Chip Woodyard, PA-C
  • Kaitlin Breidel, PA-C

For more information about the transition, to ask questions, or to schedule an appointment, please call Virginia Orthopedics at (540) 444-4020.

About LewisGale Regional Health System

LewisGale Regional Health System’s 44 HCA-owned patient care facilities include 4 hospitals, 1 standalone ER, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with both employed and independent physicians. With 3,300 employees, its annual payroll is $245.6 million. The system also paid $31 million in taxes and provided more than $125 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2014 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with nearly 15,000 employees. For more information see LewisGale's website.

About Virginia Orthopaedic

Based in Salem, and serving Roanoke, the New River Valley, and surrounding counties, Virginia Orthopaedic’s physicians, nurses, and staff are committed to providing the finest levels of medical care to each patient. The team successfully provides expert care and personal attention, from initial evaluation through treatment, care, and rehabilitation, drawing patients from throughout the region. Virginia Orthopaedic physicians are skilled and experienced sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery specialists, providing expert diagnosis and treatment of the entire range of orthopaedic and sports-related medical problems and challenges. Virginia Orthopaedic brings a high level of commitment and concern, skill and experience, technology and therapeutic excellence to each patient, whatever the nature of the injury or medical problem.