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Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center earns top national award for outstanding quality of care

December 1, 2021

In recognition of its quality and patient safety, Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center (KOSC) was named a Leapfrog Top Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in 2021, one of only 13 selected nationally for the competitive award.

Ambulatory surgery centers are high-quality healthcare facilities that provide outpatient procedures. The quality of patient care across many areas of ASC performance is considered in identifying award winners, including staffing, patient experience, hand hygiene, surgical checklist protocols and error prevention.

“KOSC provides specialized care and safe, comfortable and efficient options for orthopaedic surgery and procedures,” said Douglas N. Calhoun, M.D., hand surgeon and medical director of KOSC. “Being recognized as one of the top 13 ASCs in the nation further substantiates our reputation for excellence and our commitment to quality patient care.”

This is the inaugural year of Leapfrog’s Top ASC award which honors top performers as verified by the Leapfrog ASC Survey. The award is presented by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

“We are proud to honor Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center for their quality and patient safety. They have demonstrated to the community – and to the whole country – that they put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the staff, surgeons, nurses and all the clinicians whose teamwork helped achieve this national recognition.”

A total of 13 ASCs across the United States were selected as Top ASCs, representing:

  • 7 States
    • Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia
  • 10 Specialties
    • Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Urology, Dermatology, Neurological Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

The Leapfrog Top ASC Award is modeled after the prestigious Leapfrog Top Hospital award that’s been in existence since 2006. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top ASCs, visit

KOSC is an ASC accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and utilized by the surgeons of Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic (KOC) since 2010. KOC is a division of OrthoTennessee.

Located on the Fort Sanders West campus, KOSC is conveniently situated adjacent to the KOC west office. Over the past decade, the orthopaedic-only ambulatory surgery center has experienced growth in outpatient procedures of more than 244 percent for surgeries, total joint replacements and interventional spine procedures. During 2020, KOC performed more than 50 percent of the group’s orthopaedic surgeries at KOSC.

Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center provides comprehensive surgical care across a spectrum of specialties, including total joint replacements for the hip, knee and shoulder; hand and foot procedures; and the treatment of spine and sports injuries.

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About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.

About OrthoTennessee/Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic

OrthoTennessee is the region’s largest provider of orthopaedic care and services, with more than 250,000 patient visits annually at 10 East Tennessee locations.

One of four physician group divisions of OrthoTennessee, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic (KOC) includes 31 physicians and has provided comprehensive subspecialized orthopaedic care in Knoxville and the surrounding counties for over 75 years. Entrusted with the care of injured University of Tennessee athletes, KOC has been the orthopaedic surgeons for the Vols since 1949. For more information, please visit and