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Watauga Orthopaedics seeks approval to build ambulatory surgery center

October 12, 2020

Watauga Orthopaedics is seeking approval from the State of Tennessee to build a new Orthopaedic Surgery Center aimed at improving quality and access, while lowering costs for patients.

The proposed Watauga Orthopaedics Surgery Center will be the only one of its kind in the region.

Rendering of proposed Watauga Orthopaedics Surgery Center

“We have served the region for 70 years, and we are committed to continuing that tradition by meeting the growing needs of our community,” said orthopaedic surgeon Marc Aiken, M.D. “Pending approval on the Certificate of Need, we will begin construction on the Watauga Orthopaedics Surgery Center and open in 2022. The new surgery center will expand our capacity to serve patients in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia with our high standard of quality care.”

As a single-specialty ambulatory surgery center, the facility will focus solely on orthopaedic procedures. This provides several benefits for patients, including:

  • High quality
  • Lower cost
  • Convenient, easy access
  • Improved efficiency and coordination of care
  • Increased capacity to perform more procedures in timely manner

The Watauga Orthopaedics Surgery Center will be centrally located near the Tri-Cities Airport, making it accessible to patients throughout the region. Watauga physicians also will continue to perform surgeries at local hospitals.

Watauga Orthopaedics doctors deliver expert treatment ranging from sports medicine and injury treatment to knee and hip replacements. The team includes 20 physicians, 28 advanced practitioners and physical therapists, and a full team of support staff.

“Thank you for trusting us with your care and for your support as we continue advancing orthopaedic care for the region,” Aiken said.

For more information, visit or call 423-282-9011.

About Watauga Orthopaedics
Watauga Orthopaedics, PLC, was founded in 1950 by Howell Sherrod, M.D. In addition to offering general orthopedic care, Dr. Sherrod focused the practice on innovative treatments in sports medicine, physical therapy, and rehabilitation. Over the last decade, Watauga Orthopaedics has expanded services to encompass a comprehensive musculoskeletal continuum including total joint replacement; arthroscopy; sports medicine; fracture care; reconstructive hip, knee, foot and ankle surgery; hand surgery; spine surgery; neuromusculoskeletal care; physical medicine and rehabilitation; electrodiagnostics; and community outreach services. In recent years, the practice has developed a reputation for understanding and responding to the unique needs of the injured worker and the employer. Watauga Orthopaedics places an emphasis on access to care, timely and complete communication, and consistent cost-effective treatment plans and protocols for all injured workers. Watauga Orthopaedics is among a small number of practices in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia that treat athletic injuries within the scope of sports medicine. With offices in Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol, Watauga Orthopaedics serves northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. For more information, visit or call 423-282-9011.