Updated: Fast-growing First State Orthopaedics opens $10 million facility in Dover


First State Orthopaedics opened a $10 million, 43,000 square foot center in Dover, the  Delaware State News reported.

First State was joined at a recent ribbon cutting that included the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce by the ATI physical therapy chain

The new building is located at 285 Beiser Blvd. The center is off downtown and comes with  24 exam rooms and an MRI suite.

The building also houses the ATi therapy practice.

The building also allows First State to combine separate offices it operated in Dover.

Next on tap for First State is a location in the Lewes area that will carry a similar price tag to the Dover location, the State News reported. 

First State has become a sizable employer in Delaware. With the merger-acquisition of another practice, it has a headcount of 450 and 35  physicians statewide, the State News reported.

First State is Delaware’s largest orthopedic practice.

The practice may  best known for surgeon Dr. Michael Axe, who has long been served as a physician for high school teams and has repaired many damaged knees of athletes.

Demand for orthopedic services is expected to grow, due to an aging population. Kent and Sussex counties are also seeing an influx of retirees.

 First State  has 12 locations in the state of Delaware, while ATI has 34 offices.

First State’s  locations across include two imaging centers and one surgery center.

Areas of expertise include sports medicine, trauma, shoulder, hand & elbow, hip & knee, foot & ankle, spine, pain management & rehabilitative medicine, and general orthopedics and fracture care.

First State physicians are heavily involved in the community by providing medical coverage for high school and college athletic teams.

egional Operations Manager – Central Delaware, Jeff Lord, said:  “FSO will continue to grow and expand our access to the residents of all three counties in Delaware and continue to provide a quick pathway to high-quality orthopedic care.”

ATI has seven locations in Kent County and four in Dover. 

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