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Here’s what is making news at POA.

POA Welcomes Dr. Scott Gelman

(Salisbury, MD) Dr. Scott Gelman, joining Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) on September 1, 2021, is the perfect addition to expand POA’s Joint Replacement service line. Dr. Scott Gelman will work alongside our team of premier orthopaedic surgeons including Dr. Petrera, Dr. Trauger, Dr. Adrignolo, and Dr. Falvello. This team of experts are providing the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for hip and knee replacements in the region. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Formerly practicing in Frederick, Maryland, Dr. Gelman will complement our successful arthroplasty program with a special interest in rapid recovery and advanced pain control, anterior hip replacement and total knee replacement as well as complex revisions of failed hip and knee replacements. He also has an interest in fracture care and will be assisting with our orthopaedic trauma coverage at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional. Dr. Gelman believes in an individualized, patient centered approach that focuses on returning each patient to their maximum function.

Dr. Gelman completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland and his Medical Doctorate Degree the Geisinger Commonwealth College of Medicine, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gelman selected Summa Health in Akron, Ohio to complete a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Pasquale Petrera says, “We welcome the addition of Dr. Scott Gelman who will bring knowledge, youth and excitement to our total joint team. His addition will help solidify POA as the premier total joint destination on the Delmarva Peninsula.”

Although Dr. Gelman’s wife Emily Gelman (Funk) was raised on the Eastern Shore, this is the first time Dr. Gelman is putting down roots on the Eastern Shore. He is excited to relocate his family from the Frederick area here to Salisbury, where they’ll be closer to his wife’s family.

Please join us as we welcome Dr. Gelman to our team on September 1st. He is accepting new patients in our Salisbury and Berlin locations. For patient referrals or to consult with Dr. Gelman, please call (410) 749-4154.

COVID-19 Preventative Measures at POA

At Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates you can rest assured that you will be seen safely for all your orthopaedic needs. We continue to remain vigilant about rigorous disinfecting measures in between each patient as well as at every contact point you may cross during your appointment. Although your appointment may look a little different, you can rest assured that you are still receiving the same, unmatched orthopaedic and physical therapy care.

To provide the safest environment for our patients and staff, we have implemented the following measures:

• Patients exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days are asked to reschedule. Signs and symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, or other flu-like symptoms.

• Patients are required to wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Masks must cover mouth and nose.

• Visitor Restriction in place- Patients are only allowed (1) essential caretaker during appointments, which includes parents of minors and caretakers for patients requiring mental or physical assistance.

• Exam rooms and “high touch” areas are thoroughly disinfected and cleaning staff have been provided with detailed, written cleaning protocols and requirements for our clinic facilities including waiting areas, exam rooms, staff work spaces, and restrooms. As always, we are using only EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

We are fully prepared to evaluate and care for our patients at this time, and we are taking all possible precautions to protect our patients, their families, our staff and our communities. Thank you for your support and cooperation with these efforts and we look forward to serving you in the upcoming weeks.

POA Welcomes Dr. Anthony Falvello

(Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) is pleased to announce the addition of Anthony Falvello, DO as the newest provider at POA, beginning January 1, 2021. Dr. Falvello brings over 10 years of orthopaedic excellence to the practice and will enhance accessibility to quality orthopaedic care specifically in Sussex County. Dr. Falvello will be serving the Southern Delaware communities with POA offices located in Seaford and Millsboro and provide patients with an unmatched orthopaedic experience for a wide range of injuries and conditions.

Dr. Falvello specializes in total hip and knee joint arthroplasty, orthopaedic trauma as well as general orthopaedics. Dr. Falvello performs direct anterior total hip arthroplasty and focuses on narcotic sparing as well as rapid recovery hip and knee replacements. Dr. Falvello will also be on staff at TidalHealth Nanticoke and performing on call services as well as orthopaedic surgical services.

Dr. Falvello completed a Bachelor of Science at the Pennsylvania State University and his Medical Doctorate at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Falvello selected UPMC Pinnacle Health Systems for a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery where he also held position of Co-Chief Resident. He had additional training in Orthopaedic Trauma and Foot and Ankle at Hershey Medical Center as well as Pediatric Orthopaedics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

We are fortunate to bring such exceptional talent to POA. Dr. Falvello resides in Sussex County and is proud to continue to serve the community in which he lives. With Dr. Falvello’s addition, POA continues to deliver unrivaled patient care here locally, as well as provide greater accessibility for all orthopaedic needs.

Dr. Falvello is accepting new patients and travels to the Seaford and Millsboro, Delaware offices. Call today for more information (302) 629-4787.

Dr. Holt Newest Partner at POA

(Salisbury, MD)- POA is pleased to announce Dr. Patrick “Andy” Holt as the newest Partner of the Practice. Dr. Holt is the tenth active Partner of POA and joins Drs. Brandon, Petrera, Greco, Trauger, Kang, Scopp, Huber, Adrignolo, and McGovern.

Dr. Holt joined POA in September 2018. Prior to joining POA, Dr. Holt completed his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University as well as his orthopaedic residency at the University of Utah. He also completed a PhD degree at the same time he attended Medical School at the University of Louisville. Drs. Holt and Kang are two of the few fellowship-trained hand surgeons in the region.

Dr. Holt shared, “It is with humility and gratitude that I join the Partners at POA. It has been a tremendous two years and I am looking forward with enthusiasm to many years ahead providing orthopaedic care for patients on the Eastern Shore.”

Dr. Brandon, President of POA, also noted, “Over the last two years, Dr. Holt has continued to demonstrate leadership and exceptional care for all injuries and conditions related to the hand, wrist and elbow. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Holt’s caliber at POA.”

To mark this momentous occasion, each newly-appointed Partner receives a commissioned artwork piece that highlights the new Partner’s hobbies and/or specialties. It also lists the date of partnership and the other active partners. Dr. Holt’s artwork depicts his two passions outside of work, hiking and diving. It is truly a beautiful piece created by a local artist, Rachel Alvarez, who also happens to be the daughter of a POA staff member.

Please join us as we congratulate Dr. Holt. We look forward to many more years with Dr. Holt at POA!

New Check-in Process

POA is introducing a new way to check-in for your appointment. Patients now have the ability to take advantage of a completely contactless check-in process for all appointments at POA. This new check-in process is convenient, touch-free, and does not require you to download an app or require a specific username and password. With just a few clicks on your mobile device you can:

    • Check-in and complete registration
    • Verify/change your personal information
    • Upload photo ID and insurance cards
    • Learn about your health insurance benefits
    • Make secure payments including co-pays and previous account balances
    • Complete forms, consents and policy reviews electronically

How does check-in work?

Express Check-in: You will receive a text message 45 minutes prior to your appointment time that says, “It’s time to check-in for your appointment at POA. Please click the link to check-in.” You will be able to verify your demographic information, upload a picture of your photo ID, insurance card, and pay your co-pay. You will also be able to sign all your registration paperwork that is required for new patients. Once you complete mobile check-in, please let the front desk know when you arrive in the building.

Kiosk Check-in: If you don’t check-in through your mobile device/Express Check-in, you will use one of the iPad Kiosks in the lobby. You can begin check-in by selecting “Enter Confirmation Code” and enter the first 4 letters of your last name and your date of birth.

If you don’t have a mobile number or device, don’t worry! We can still help you check-in at the kiosks that will stationed in the lobby. We are excited to provide our patients with a seamless and safe way to check-in for your appointment. We appreciate your patience in the next few weeks as we launch this new check-in process at all POA locations.

Questions or concerns, please give us a call: (410) 749-4154

Dr. Trauger presents on Calipered Kinematic Alignment

Dr. James Trauger, one of our Joint Specialists, was recently featured in a 4-part series called Total Knee Arthroplasty: Calipered Kinematic Alignment, sponsored by the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction. In Session 4, Dr. Trauger discusses the differences between Calipered Kinematic Alignment vs. Mechanical Alignment. This is great information to review if you or your loved one are planning to have a total knee replacement in the future.

Link for Video: https://icjr.net/meeting/current-perspectives-in-knee-arthroplasty-calipered-kinematic-alignment

(Dr. Trauger is featured in Session 4, Marker 16:16)

If you have questions or would like to learn more, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Trauger. Dr. Trauger conveniently sees patients at 3 POA offices: Salisbury, Berlin and Millsboro. Call Today! (410) 749-4154

Same-Day Appointments Now Available

We are continuing to serve our communities and find new ways to meet all your orthopaedic needs. We know many of our patients have concerns about going to the emergency room or a traditional urgent care. Our office is open and ready to serve you! We are proud to offer same-day appointments at POA. Simply call or text our office and ask for an urgent care appointment.

It is always our standard practice to follow strict infection control measures at each of our clinic locations in an effort to protect our patients from illness or infection. However, at this point in time, many additional infection control measures have been put into place. You can read a full list of these additional measures here. You can feel confident that you will be safely seen at POA!

Call or text us today! (410) 749-4154

POA Resumes Elective Surgery

With direction from Governor Hogan for the state of Maryland, POA has begun scheduling and performing elective surgical procedures.  We are contacting each patient individually to discuss rescheduling your surgical procedure. As of Wednesday May 13, 2020, we will begin surgical procedures first on low-risk patients and then transitioning to patients with moderate health concerns.

You can rest assured that your health and safety remains our top priority. As you prepare for your surgical procedure, POA has created a helpful handout to ensure your safety throughout the entire surgical process. Please take a minute to review as we highlight ways in order to maintain the best surgical outcome and mitigate risk for post-operative complications surrounding COVID-19.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to meet each of your orthopaedic needs as quickly and safely as possible. It is our privilege to serve you. If you have new health concerns or questions surrounding your upcoming procedure please contact us at (410) 749-4154.

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