Summit Orthopedics vies for ‘medical tourism’ in Eagan

New facility opened last month

A new Summit Orthopedics complex opened in Eagan last month. Photo submitted
A new Summit Orthopedics complex opened in Eagan last month. Photo submitted

When a new Summit Orthopedics facility opened in Eagan last month, part of the reason why the company chose the location was to take advantage of a growing medical tourism market, according to Summit CEO Adam Berry.

Summit Orthopedics opened a 65,000-square-foot complex for musculoskeletal conditions care at 2620 Eagan Woods Drive, near the intersection of I-494 and Pilot Knob Road.

Planes fly overhead all the time, and the company is attempting to attract residents of other states to come to Minnesota to receive medical care at a lower cost.

“We found a high number of patients from across the U.S. come to Minnesota for their services,” Berry said. “We’re hoping to capture some of that with this location.”

The new facility is almost exactly the same as its center in Vadnais Heights where Berry said the company found about 8-10 percent of patients come from out of state.

“When we were looking for a new location, it was important to be near the airport,” Berry said. “It’s got good visibility and it’s right off the interstate. We didn’t want to have people coming here from Alaska and driving all over the Twin Cities.”

The Eagan location offers orthopedic treatment that includes physician consultations, imaging, therapy, bracing, orthotics and a seven-day-a-week walk-in clinic.

Berry said people are coming to Minnesota because the state can offer services cheaper because Summit Orthopedics doesn’t have the constraints of a full hospital and it stays up-to-date on the latest procedures.

“We had someone come in from Alaska who needed a full knee replacement surgery,” Berry said. “In Alaska, that’s $50,000-$60,000. We can do it in the low $20,000s. Traditionally that’s done in a hospital with a higher cost structure. They have these big facilities and take in all types of patients.”

Summit Orthopedics handles issues as small as sprained ankles and as extensive as hip replacements. The site offers care for ankles, feet, backs, necks, spines, elbows, hands, wrists, hips, knees and shoulders.

Berry also said the operations are often outpatient procedures, which save on costs.

The site also offers procedures “only 12 or so other places offer,” Berry said. The procedures include Tenex, a total joint replacement and spine surgery.

Summit, of course, is also open to Twin Cities residents.

With the opening of this new full-service facility, Summit’s existing Eagan clinic and therapy locations have closed and all services have transferred to the new facility.

Contact Andy Rogers at [email protected].