Important Service Updates & Hours due to COVID-19.

Attendance Policy Update

November 13, 2020

In light of the recent changes to COVID-19 policy announced by Governor Mike DeWine, we have revised our office attendance policy. Patients may no longer bring visitors along to appointments at our offices. Exceptions will only be made for patients who are minors or who require assistance due to age or disability. Patients who require assistance may be accompanied by at most one guardian or caregiver.

We continue to require all patients, visitors, and staff to wear face coverings as ordered by the State of Ohio. Exceptions will only be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition and can provide supporting medical documentation.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep our patients, staff, and community safe and our offices open so that we may continue to provide essential care to those who need it.

Attendance Policy Update

September 1, 2020

All patients may now be accompanied by up to one visitor at their appointment. To avoid crowding in waiting rooms, the allowed visitor may be asked to wait outside or in their car until the patient is called back to the exam room. The patient will then be responsible to notify the visitor when they are taken back. All visitors accompanying a patient must have their temperature taken and answer the COVID-19 screening questions as well.

Sports Medicine Walk-In Clinic Re-opened in Lima

July 31, 2020

We are excited to announce that the Sports Medicine Walk-In Clinic at our main office in Lima will re-open Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 am. As before, the clinic will be available Monday – Saturday, 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

Masks Required at all OIO Locations

July 16, 2020

In order to protect our patients, staff, and the communities that we serve, OIO requires that all patients, vendors, and other visitors to our facilities wear masks effective immediately. This is in addition to our requirements that our employees wear masks and monitor temperatures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Exceptions will only be made for children under 2 years old and those who are medically unable to wear a mask.

As before, we ask that if you are exhibiting symptoms of or have been exposed to COVID-19 please stay home. If you are unable to attend an appointment for any reason, please contact us at (419) 222-6622 to cancel or reschedule.

We thank you for your help in working to make our offices a safe place for every patient so that we may continue to serve our communities with compassion and excellence.

Changes in Attendance Policy and COVID-19 Symptoms

April 30, 2020

As we continue our efforts to keep our patients and employees safe from COVID-19, we now ask that patients do not bring visitors to their appointments. Children and those with disabilities may bring one parent or caregiver with them. All others will be asked to wait in their vehicle. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The CDC and WHO have published a revised list of symptoms for COVID-19. In addition to fever, cough, and shortness of breath the list now includes sore throat, body aches/chills, tiredness, headache, and loss of taste or smell. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call your primary care physician for instructions. We also ask that you call us at (419) 222-6622 to cancel your appointment and that you do not schedule any appointments until your symptoms have resolved.

Satellite Offices to Resume Normal Hours

April 28, 2020

Our office in Findlay will return to regular business hours beginning Friday, May 1. Hours will be Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm and Fri, 8 am – 4 pm. The Orthopaedic Urgent Care will be available while the office is open. To schedule an appointment, please call (419) 424-0131.

The offices at Lima Memorial Health System in Lima, at Wilson Health in Sidney, and in Saint Marys will return to regular business hours beginning Monday, May 4. Hours will be Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm. And our office at Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center in Ottawa will be open by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call (419) 222-6622.

Paulding Office Hours Changed

April 13, 2020

Our office at Paulding County Hospital will be open and Dr. Nathan Hensley will see patients there every other Tuesday, 7:30 am – 10:30 am, starting April 14, 2020. To schedule an appointment, please call (419) 222-6622.

Sidney Office Reopened

April 1, 2020

The office at Wilson Health in Sidney will reopen next week and Dr. Ryan McNeilan will see patients there Tuesdays, 7 am – 4 pm.

Orthopaedic Urgent Care Now Available in Coldwater

March 27, 2020

Walk-in Orthopaedic Urgent Care is now available at our office at Mercer Health in Coldwater. Just like our other locations, walk-in care is available for joint, bone, and muscle injuries and no referral or appointment is needed. The Coldwater location is open Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm.

Saint Marys and Tiffin Office Hours Changed

March 27, 2020

Our offices in Saint Marys and Tiffin are now operating with reduced hours. Effective today, the Saint Marys office will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 8 am – 4 pm and closed Thursday and Friday. The Tiffin office will be open Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 am – 5 pm and closed Monday, Thursday, and Friday.

Offices at Lima Memorial Hospital, Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center, and Wilson Health Closed

March 23, 2020

Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our offices at Lima Memorial Hospital, Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center (Ottawa), and Wilson Health (Sidney) are closed until further notice. Doctors who saw patients at these locations, including doctors Anane-Sefah, Edgerton, Fumich, Hensley, McNeilan, Otte, Patel, Sanko, Smith, and Wieser, have appointments available in our other offices. To schedule or reschedule an appointment, please call (419) 222-6622.

Walk-In Orthopaedic Urgent Care Opening

March 20, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 23, the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio will offer a Walk-In Orthopaedic Urgent Care for non-life threatening orthopaedic injuries. Our goal is to ease the burden of local emergency departments as they respond to COVID-19 so that everyone can get the care they need. Our Orthopaedic Urgent Care will be available at our Lima and Findlay offices Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm and Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm. If you have a non-life threatening orthopaedic injury, simply come to our office during business hours—no appointment or referral needed.

Athletic Physicals Cancelled, Sports-Medicine Walk-In Clinic Closed

March 20, 2020

We are sorry to announce that our annual Athletic Physicals originally scheduled for May 4th and 11th are cancelled. Student athletes and their parents should follow up with their primary care provider regarding physicals for the 2020-21 school year.

Our sports-medicine walk-in clinic is closed until further notice. If you require immediate care for a sports-related injury, please visit our Orthopaedic Urgent Care during office hours. For less urgent cases, please call us at (419) 222-6622 to schedule an appointment.

Additional COVID-19 Precautions

March 19, 2020

In accordance with Governor DeWine’s request Wednesday, March 18, we have begun taking our employees’ temperatures as they arrive at work. Similarly, we are asking all patients that have scheduled appointments to take their own temperature before coming to our offices, even if you feel fine. If you have a temperature of 100.4°F or higher, please remain home and call us at (419) 222-6622 to reschedule your appointment.

COVID-19 Precautions

March 17, 2020

The healthcare professionals at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio are committed to taking every precaution to provide the safest possible treatment environment in light of COVID-19. We are strictly adhering to all guidelines administered by the CDC while remaining open, seeing patients, and completing treatments. Our offices are continually sanitized and deep cleaned. We are also taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff:

  • We will be screening our patients upon entering our office on their current health condition.
  • We ask that patients bring no more than one family member or friend with them to their appointments and that visitors under the age of 14 remain in the waiting area.
  • We have made hand sanitizer available upon entering, throughout your visit, and upon exiting our practice.
  • We continue to sanitize all service rooms in our practice and highly trafficked areas multiple times a day.
  • We are limiting physical contact outside of exam rooms.
  • We are limiting our use of linens in favor of paper, sterile drapes and coverings.
  • We have notified our staff to stay home if they feel any symptoms related to COVID-19, feel they may have been exposed to it, or have any other reason to do so.
  • We encourage all of our patients to inform us if they are experiencing any symptoms of cold or flu and will gladly work with you to reschedule an appointment.

OIO is prepared and able to see our patients in the safest and most controlled manner. We encourage patients with non-life threatening fractures, sprains, and strains to call our office directly so that emergency rooms can prioritize treatment of more emergent cases.

To schedule or change an appointment, please call us at (419) 222-6622.

As this situation progresses, these policies may be subject to change. To stay up to date regarding OIO and IOS’s response to COVID-19, check or follow us on Facebook. We wish you calmness and good health during this time.

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