Stories of prominent American athletes traveling for treatment to Germany may have inspired orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and orthopedic practice consultant Michael Immel to meet a growing demand for high level orthopedic procedures and simultaneously offer a home-grown solution.
Renowned Greenbrier Resort, in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia has become a partner with the two and health care investors in a new medical treatment and research facility, Greenbrier Medical Institute.
The resort has been known for its 230-year history of catering to the wealthy and the famous, including presidents of the United States and other world leaders. It famously was a reinforced bunker that would be home to the American government in case of catastrophic events in Washington D.C.
Dr. Andrews says the cornerstone of the project is sports medicine. The Greenbrier Medical Institute will center on a comprehensive diagnostic and clinical orthopedic sports medicine complex with state of the art operating rooms and teaching suites.
The Greenbrier has a colorful history pre-dating 1778, when settlers began to follow the local Native American tradition of “taking the waters” at the natural spring of sulphur water at the center of the resort property.