Forsyth Street Orthopaedics and OrthoGeorgia, both headquartered in Macon, merged operations Tuesday.
The merged company will retain the OrthoGeorgia name.
In a letter to patients last month, Dr. Joseph Slappey Jr., president of Forsyth Street Orthopaedics, and Dr. Robert Thornsberry, OrthoGeorgia’s president, said the combined practice will include 26 board-certified orthopaedic and spine specialists, 20 physician assistants and nurse practitioners, as well as therapists, nurses, technicians and other medical staff.
Bill Lindsey, CEO of OrthoGeorgia, said Slappey will be the new president of OrthoGeorgia, and Thornsberry will serve on the company’s governing board.
Talks of a merger of the two practices have been on and off since 1998, Lindsey said. The most recent talks began in 2012 and led to Tuesday’s merger.
“We have been friendly competitors all these years,” Lindsey said. “We’ve been friendly rivals, but it’s always been a very collegial, respectful relationship.”
He said changes in the health care landscape made a merger practical.
“It made more sense to merge the practices,” he said.
The new OrthoGeorgia now has five locations -- the Northside Drive and Forsyth Street facilities in Macon, as well as locations in Griffin, Warner Robins and Milledgeville.
“What we hope to do is continue to streamline our operations and improve customer satisfaction,” Lindsey said.
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