Here’s what is making news at POA.

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

Face Coverings

At Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates, the health and safety of our patients and staff are of the utmost importance. We have instituted several new policies and procedures within our clinics, above and beyond our normal cleaning regimens. As Governor Hogan continues to lift restrictions, that enable more patients back in our facilities, we want you to know that you will be seen safely in our clinics. You can read more here.

In accordance with the Governor of Maryland’s orders, face coverings must be worn in indoor public areas. Therefore, all patients and staff who enter any POA facility are required to wear a face covering before entering. A face covering can include items such as a homemade cloth mask, bandanna or scarf, as long as it covers the nose and mouth. Here is an easy tutorial on how to make a homemade mask right at home. All you need is an old t-shirt, bandanna or a small towel and two rubber bands. To watch, click here. Please join us as we do our part to keep patients and staff safe!

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.

COVID-19 Preventative Measures at POA

As we begin to re-open our doors and welcome back more patients, safety remains our top priority. As you prepare for your upcoming appointment, know that Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates continues to implement 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:

• All patients are screened at the time of scheduling, at appointment reminders, and at the time of check-in for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or other flu-like illness.

• 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 or face covering over their nose and mouth when entering any POA facility.

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

• No other visitors will be allowed at POA facilities during this time, such as pharmaceutical company representatives and outside vendors. All those who must visit will be screened prior to entry.

• Waiting room, check-in and check-out areas have been reconfigured in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.

• All magazines, pamphlets, trial-sized samples and snacks have been removed from our offices and waiting areas.

• Exam rooms 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.

• All “high-touch” surfaces are cleaned numerous times throughout the day.

• Hand sanitizer, tissues, and lined trash receptacles are in place in every waiting area and clinic room for use by our patients.

• Signage is in place throughout our clinics outlining CDC guidelines for proper hand hygiene, proper cough and sneeze etiquette as well as other measures to stop the spread of disease.

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 Re-Opening Schedule

At Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates, we place the well-being and safety of our patients above all else. That commitment to your health and safety is driving every decision we are making during this challenging time. We are closely monitoring all developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and adhering to all guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and our local and state governments.

As our government works to slowly re-open businesses, we are happy to share our COVID-19 journey and plan for re-opening our offices over the coming weeks. This is a brief outline of our commitment to continue to provide quality, safe and accessible orthopaedic care in time of need. We are calling patients to reschedule some elective outpatient surgical procedures as well as clinic appointments. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as this schedule and our services may change with new developments.

Week of March 23

  • Salisbury office and Physical Therapy remains open and offers same-day appointments for urgent orthopaedic injuries

Week of March 30

  • POA begins Telemedicine (virtual) visits to connect with current orthopaedic and physical therapy patients to address orthopaedic needs from the comfort and safety of your own home

Week of April 20

Week of May 4

Week of May 11

  • Outpatient elective surgical procedures resume at Deer Pointe Surgery Center for select low-risk patient population first then transitioning to patients with more complex medical concerns
  • Salisbury and Berlin offices remain open for urgent and non-urgent orthopaedic needs. Additional services offered include: walk-in orthopaedic urgent care

Week of May 25 

  • All offices closed May 25, 2020. Happy Memorial Day!
  • Millsboro office opens Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Elective surgical procedures resume at PRMC

Week of June 1

  • POA will be fully operational. All offices open including: Salisbury & Berlin, MD | Millsboro & Seaford, DE | Physical Therapy
  • Elective surgical procedures resume at Nanticoke

To protect our patients and staff we have new processes in place for the foreseeable future. Please read more here. We appreciate your patience during this time and we look forward to working our way back – together!

New Orthopaedic Surgeon joins POA

(Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) is pleased to announce the addition of Ana Mata-Fink, MD, MS, as the first female Orthopaedic Surgeon to join the practice in its 68-year history. Dr. Mata-Fink will work alongside Dr. Thomas Brandon to provide the most advanced and comprehensive treatment for shoulder injuries/conditions in the region. POA is excited to expand upon its tradition of excellence with increased accessibility to quality orthopaedic providers on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Dr. Ana Mata-Fink completed her Bachelor of Science at Yale University and her Medical Doctorate at Harvard Medical School. She also completed a Master of Science in Health Care Leadership from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Dr. Mata-Fink selected the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to complete her orthopaedic surgery residency and completed a shoulder/elbow fellowship at Yale University.

Dr. Mata-Fink has contributed to several publications, including her most recent addition featured in the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2018, titled, “Predictors of length of stay and discharge deposition after shoulder arthroplasty,” as well as “Revision in strategies in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty,” featured in the Journal in Shoulder & Elbow Arthroplasty in 2017.

David Davies, POA CEO, says, “We are honored to bring such an accomplished surgeon and brilliant individual to the Eastern Shore. With Dr. Mata-Fink’s addition, POA continues to deliver unrivaled patient care here locally, as well as provide greater accessibility for our patients’ orthopaedic injuries and conditions.”

POA Staffing Updates

(Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) announces the retirement of Dr. Eric Franks and Dr. Edward McGinnis. It is difficult, if not impossible to list the accomplishments of these exceptional orthopaedic surgeons who have served our local communities for over 21 years and 34 years, respectively.

Dr. Eric Franks joined POA in 1998 as one of POA’s Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgeons alongside Dr. Thomas Brandon. Dr. Franks was instrumental in many sports medicine advances on the Eastern Shore, as he and Dr. Brandon performed the first cartilage replacement surgery in March 2000. Dr. Franks also had a passion for continuing education and was influential in creating educational programs instituted for both physician assistants as well as area athletic trainers at POA.

Dr. Brandon stated, “Dr. Franks was my first Sports Medicine Partner and had an immediate impact on me through his pursuit of knowledge and skills. He significantly contributed to the expansion of sports injury prevention and treatment of athletes and active individuals of all ages. Together we made many advances in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery in the Delmarva region. I will forever be grateful for his contributions to the community and POA.”

Dr. Edward McGinnis joined POA in 1985 as the 7th physician of the practice. Dr. McGinnis has demonstrated commitment to orthopaedic research and education by holding positions as an instructor and administrative chief resident at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and as a board examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. His commitment also extended to his work with his patients, as he helped them become active participants in their own prevention, rehabilitation and recovery. Dr. Brandon said, “There was no one smarter and more skilled, then Dr. McGinnis. He is truly one of a kind and will be missed as a partner, physician, and person.”

Although we are saddened by the retirement of two extraordinary individuals, POA is continuing to raise the bar of orthopaedic excellence with cutting edge clinical research trials, utilization of advanced technology and adding orthopaedic surgeons to elevate the level of care we provide. We are proud to announce the recent addition of Dr. Taylor J. Wiley, Orthopaedic Surgeon, on September 3, 2019. Dr. Wiley joins our Sports Medicine Team comprised of Dr. Thomas Brandon and Dr. Jason Scopp, after recently completing a fellowship in Sports Medicine from Brown University as well as an Orthopaedic Surgical Residency from University of Connecticut Health Center.

POA Welcomes New Orthopaedic Surgeon

September 3, 2019- (Salisbury, MD) Peninsula Orthopaedic Associates (POA) is pleased to announce the addition of Sports Medicine Fellow and Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Taylor Wiley, to our team of orthopaedic specialists. Dr. Wiley joins our Sports Medicine Team alongside, Dr. Thomas Brandon, and Dr. Jason Scopp who have treated patients in the Delmarva Peninsula Region for over 45 years combined.

Dr. Brandon shared, “Dr. Wiley’s addition to our Sports Medicine team allows POA to further offer the most advanced and comprehensive treatment of sports injuries in the region.”

Dr. Taylor Wiley completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at Providence College and his Medical Doctorate at New York Medical College. Dr. Wiley selected the University of Connecticut Health Center to complete his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery and recently completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Brown University.

Dr. Wiley has contributed to several publications including: “Acromioclavicular Joint Injury, Surgical Treatment: Open” as well as “Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum.” Dr. Wiley was also recently awarded the ‘West Point Sports Medicine Fellows’ Specialty Day Research Award.’

We are excited Dr. Wiley has joined our practice to help serve the needs of our community, particularly in the areas of the shoulder, hip and knee that need proper diagnosis, customized treatment plans, and restored mobility. David Davies, POA CEO, says “We are thrilled to bring such talent to the Eastern Shore. With Dr. Wiley’s addition, POA continues to deliver first-class patient care here locally, as well as provide greater accessibility for all your orthopaedic injuries and conditions, when you need it most.”