The History Behind The Bone And Joint Institute of Tennessee

While the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee was formally established in 2018, our history is one of the richest legacies in Williamson County’s healthcare community.

In 1979, orthopaedic surgeon Craig Ferrell, M.D., founded Franklin Bone & Joint Clinic. By the 1980s the practice had grown to include a handful of orthopaedic surgeons providing state-of-the-art care to area residents and local sports teams. In fact, for over 30 years Dr. Ferrell served as physician US Olympics supporting the Equestrian Team and later the Swim Team – a testament to his extraordinary medical skills. There was no question that the Franklin Bone & Joint Clinic was Williamson County’s go-to destination for exceptional orthopaedic care.

In 2009, the successful practice was acquired by a larger healthcare organization and continued to thrive under the leadership of long-time Bone and Joint surgeons, now recognized as the best in the nation. Still, the physicians fondly remembered a time when healthcare felt more intimate and more local: Big city services provided close to home.

“When my husband founded the Franklin Bone & Joint Clinic in 1979, patients were not a number and employees were not just someone who worked for you—they were, and are, family,” said Lorraine Ferrell, widow of the late founder. “That mindset and the culture my husband instilled in the practice is why they have been so successful in the past, and I support the partnership with Williamson Medical Center. I believe this is a step in the right direction because they, too, share those core values.”

In 2017, Williamson Medical Center made headlines by announcing plans for the Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee, a partnership between the Franklin hospital and 13 orthopaedic specialists slated to phase in to the Institute throughout 2018.

The Institute will be housed in a state-of-the-art facility on WMC’s campus, but is temporarily located on-site in Williamson Tower, located at 4323 Carothers Parkway, in Franklin. Final plans are underway, with a groundbreaking ceremony expected to be announced in the near future.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (615) 791-2630.