Published 4/1/2014

“Building Orthopaedics” Campaign Announced

Effort will fund new headquarters for orthopaedic organizations and orthopaedic learning

Building Orthopaedics: The Foundation of Our Future,” the $7 million campaign to fund a new headquarters for international orthopaedic education and the orthopaedic profession, was announced at the 2014 AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

The 180,000-square foot facility, currently under construction in Rosemont, Ill., is conveniently located within 10 minutes of O’Hare International Airport. It will include a state-of-the-art Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) and serve as the professional home for 25 orthopaedic organizations, including the AAOS. The new headquarters is scheduled to open in December 2014.

“This is an unprecedented fund-raising campaign, calling on all members of our profession and our industry partners to invest,” said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, AAOS past president and chair of the Building Orthopaedics campaign steering committee. “Our patients, our practices, and our field as a whole, all stand to benefit from our vision today.”

As Americans age, demand for orthopaedic procedures will continue to grow. For example, the number of knee replacement surgeries is expected to increase from 700,000 in 2010 to an estimated 3.5 million in 2030, while the number of hip replacements is expected to rise from 225,900 to 572,000.

“We’re facing a generation of growing demand for our practice, a world of new possibilities for patient care, and a host of new challenges and realities in health care,” said Daniel J. Berry, MD, AAOS past president and a member of the Building Orthopaedics campaign steering committee. “We must be ready to rise to the challenge by preparing for increasingly complex cases, training the next generation of surgeons, and pioneering and disseminating new practices and technologies.”

The new OLC will be twice the size of the current learning facility and provide the following:

  • distance learning opportunities, including an international reach for webcast courses and virtual/simulated surgeries
  • a 24-station skills lab, which can be divided into two 12-station labs to accommodate multiple courses at the same time
  • a 180-seat OLC auditorium, divisible into three separate rooms, with state-of-the-art technology

The Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, and the OLC are equity partners with AAOS in the new headquarters.

In addition to Drs. Zuckerman and Berry, members of the Building Orthopaedics campaign steering committee include Howard J. Sweeney, MD, honorary chair; AAOS President Frederick M. Azar, MD; Jeffrey S. Abrams, MD; Freddie H. Fu, MD; Mark R. Hutchinson, MD; David C. Templeman, MD; and Russell F. Warren, MD.

“The new orthopaedic center will provide a modern headquarters for a changing profession,” said Dr. Sweeney. “We invite our colleagues and partners to invest in the future of orthopaedics and, most importantly, in the health and well-being of our patients.”

To date, the Building Orthopaedics campaign has secured more than $4.4 million in philanthropic commitments, including the following:

  • $1.2 million from Smith & Nephew
  • $1.2 million from ConMed Corp.
  • $500,000 from an orthopaedic surgeon who wishes to remain anonymous
  • Financial support from more than 80 percent of the orthopaedic surgeon members of the partner organizations’ governing boards

For more information about the campaign, including how to invest, visit www.buildingorthopaedics.org or contact Building Orthopaedics Capital Campaign Director Michael Bates by phone at 847-430-5060 or by email at bates@aaos.org