Past, Present, and Future of TRIA
TRIA began as a partnership between a private sports medicine practice (The Orthopaedic Center), a multi-specialty healthcare provider (Park Nicollet Health Services) and an academic center (Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota Physicians). Orthopedic surgeons from each of these three entities realized the need to bring all elements of orthopedics together to improve patient care and treatment outcomes. These physicians recognized a breakdown in the way that patients, care providers, insurance companies, and hospitals work together. They wanted to reorganize their medical practices to empower patients to be involved in their care, and to re-establish the connection between patients and their physicians. At the same time, they wanted to contribute to the science of orthopedic medicine and create a comprehensive center for orthopedic research and education.
TRIA was built on the strengths of each of its partners for the benefit of our patients and the community, while advancing the science of orthopedic medicine. March 15, 2005, TRIA opened at 494 & France Avenue in Bloomington, Minnesota, offering comprehensive orthopedic care – from diagnosis to treatment to surgery – at one convenient location.
TRIA has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, along with the apparent need to expand our facility to accommodate our increasing number of patients and providers. September 2012, TRIA Physical Therapy transitioned into a new facility on the second floor (skyway level) of Bell Plaza, located next door to TRIA. It is a specially-designed environment for coordinated patient care, including a functional training area, a gym, and a variety of rehabilitative equipment for specialty programs. October 26, 2015, TRIA Orthopedic Urgent Care in Maple Grove opened its doors. This facility is located in the Park Nicollet Clinic & Specialty Center, and will offer acute injury and sports medicine care through the Orthopedic Urgent Care. On September 12, 2017 TRIA Orthopaedic Center opened its doors in Woodbury, followed by TRIA Clinic in downtown St. Paul in January 2018.
Since its inception, TRIA has brought advancements to the market such as the first walk-in orthopedic Orthopedic Urgent Care in the state of Minnesota, a Sport Concussion Program for comprehensive management of concussions and return-to-play, and the innovative TRIA/Hotel Recovery Program. Physicians and staff continue to develop new programs while collecting, measuring, and evaluating patient care to improve and accelerate recovery. TRIA is a proven model for orthopedic care, blending the strengths of its partners to create a center of excellence.
The Orthopaedic Center
Sports medicine doctors from The Orthopaedic Center have served as team physicians to Minnesota professional sports teams and numerous local colleges and high-school athletic programs for over 25 years. This experience translates into improved management of sports-related injuries for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Patients have access to these reputable sports-medicine physicians who are also committed to patient care and investing in education and research. Future sports medicine professionals are trained through TRIA’s accredited sports medicine fellowship program in affiliation with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota. In 2011, The Orthopaedic Center doctors became part of University of Minnesota Physicians. The partnership is a natural fit with The Orthopaedic Center’s team physician activity and focuses on fellowship education.
Park Nicollet & HealthPartners
Park Nicollet Health Services is a nonprofit, integrated health care system that has a long-standing reputation for providing quality healthcare to patients in Minneapolis and surrounding communities in Minnesota. With over 45 medical specialties and 8,000 employees, Park Nicollet hospitals and clinics provide a multi-faceted network of medical care, community education, and research. Park Nicollet’s mission is to improve health and well-being in partnership with members, patients, and the community. As a leader in operational excellence, Park Nicollet Health Services is constantly improving processes and efficiency so that patients will benefit from lowered costs and increased quality of care. In January 2013, Park Nicollet Health Services combined with HealthPartners, a top-ranked commercial health plan serving more than 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. The combination of two complementary, likeminded organizations provides stronger coordination of patient care and establishes links between care and insurance leading to increased transparency, choice, and value for customers.
University of Minnesota Physicians
University of Minnesota Physicians have brought a strong background in research and education to TRIA. Providing clinical care and teaching the next generation of leaders, our doctors are constantly improving the way musculoskeletal care is delivered by measuring the results of our care. TRIA employs academic faculty from University of Minnesota across the spectrum of orthopedic medicine, and maintains a nationally recognized education program for orthopedic surgery residents and fellows.