BY STEVE LACKMEYER Published: January 1, 2009
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Chad Aduddell
St. Anthony Hospital officials say an e-mail circulating on the Internet mistakenly gives the impression its Bone & Joint Hospital is shutting down today.

SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, which owns the two hospitals, confirmed it will begin providing services today under the same St. Anthony Medicare number as the Bone & Joint Hospital. Both emergency rooms will be combined, operating now at St. Anthony Hospital. The Bone & Joint Hospital, however, will continue all other routine business at 1111 N Dewey Ave.

Structuring both St. Anthony and Bone & Joint hospitals under one provider number enables the consolidation of orthopedic and musculoskeletal services at Bone & Joint Hospital, officials said.

"Combining provider numbers provides opportunities for efficiencies and at the same time advances Bone & Joint’s nationally recognized program in orthopedics,” said Chris Howard, president of SSM.