Bone and Joint Institute Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Originally published in the Williamson Herald

Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee celebrates five years of exceptional orthopaedic and rehabilitation care in partnership with Williamson Health this week. 

The organization held an internal event to celebrate this milestone on March 22. Since Bone and Joint Institute’s inception, the award-winning group has expanded to include multiple locations across Williamson County and surrounding areas.

“As we celebrate five years, we are grateful for our physicians and entire BJIT team who deliver high-quality medical care every day,” said Darren Harris, CEO of Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee. “We would not be here today without their commitment, and we look forward to continuing to grow in the future.”

Although formally established in 2018, Bone and Joint Institute is built upon a rich legacy of providing outstanding health care in Williamson County that began in 1979 when Dr. Craig Ferrell founded The Bone and Joint Clinic. The practice flourished, providing state-of-the-art care to area residents and local sports teams, and, by the early 2000s the clinic had become the premier destination for orthopaedic care in Williamson County. 

Acquired by another health care organization in 2009, the clinic continued to thrive under the leadership of longtime Bone and Joint surgeons, garnering national recognition as one of the best orthopaedic clinics in the country. Even so, the physicians and practitioners of The Bone and Joint Clinic longed to return to the personal, intimate care they’d built their reputation on —exceptional care close to home. This led to a new partnership with Williamson Medical Center and a new name: Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee.

“Through our partnership with Williamson Medical Center — and now Williamson Health — we’ve been able to provide first-class, high-quality orthopaedic care our patients need and deserve right in the communities where they live,” said Scott Arthur, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon at Bone and Joint Institute and president of the group. “The dedicated physicians, innovative resources and growing locations have allowed Bone and Joint Institute to make a lasting impact on the community. I am proud to be a member of this amazing organization as we celebrate our fifth anniversary and recognize this milestone.”

Following an April 2018 groundbreaking for a new facility on the Williamson Medical Center campus, the 13 orthopaedic surgeons of Bone and Joint Institute worked from temporary offices in Williamson Medical Center as well as an additional location in Tollgate Medical Plaza in Thompson’s Station. The state-of-the-art, 121,252-square-foot medical office opened in April 2019 and is designed to accommodate cutting-edge technologies and techniques and offer orthopaedic and spinal surgeries, outpatient imaging services, sports medicine, physical therapy and more.

Additional expansion followed across the county, including the opening of locations in Thompson’s Station, Brentwood, West Franklin and Nolensville. Now part of Williamson Health, Bone and Joint Institute is committed to providing world-class care that feels like home. 

“Williamson Health is committed to providing the exceptional health care area residents need, deserve and expect close to home,” said Phil Mazzuca, Williamson Health CEO. “Bone and Joint Institute is Williamson County’s premier destination for orthopaedic care and one of the primary ways we live out this commitment. It’s a joy to mark this milestone and celebrate top-notch care from providers who feel like family.” 

In addition to its state-of-the-art surgery center at the flagship location in Franklin on the Williamson Health Campus, Bone and Joint Institute now offers orthopaedic urgent care in three locations in Brentwood, Nolensville and Thompson’s Station. It also offers rehabilitation services at five locations, including the four aforementioned locations and its newest clinic that opened its doors this week in West Franklin. 

With multiple locations, Bone and Joint Institute has filled a need for accessible medical care in these communities. Since 2018, visits to the main clinic in Franklin have more than tripled and surgeries performed have increased by more than 42%. As of 2023, Bone and Joint Institute now employs 226 staff members across all locations.

Known for its expansive reach and quality health care, Bone and Joint Institute has garnered both local and national recognition. In 2022, the group was honored in multiple categories by FranklinIs, Williamson’s Best, Best of Nashville and the Tennessean, among others.