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Joseph, Piasecki elected SCOA president, secretary/treasurer

Posted: August 13, 2013 4:39 p.m.
Updated: August 14, 2013 5:00 a.m.
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Doctor Tom Joseph (left) is the new president of the S.C. Orthopaedic Association (SCOA), while his partner, Doctor Andy Piasecki is the association’s new secretary/treasurer. This is the first time a Kershaw County physician is SCOA’s president.

For the first time, a local orthopaedic surgeon is president of the S.C. Orthopaedic Association (SCOA). On top of that, one of his partners is also SCOA’s new secretary/treasurer.

SCOA members elected Camden Bone & Joint doctors Tom Joseph and Andy Piasecki as, respectively, president and secretary/treasurer of the association. The election took place during SCOA’s annual conference Aug. 1-4 on Kiawah Island.

Joseph said their election is groundbreaking.

“This is the first time someone from Kershaw County has been president of the association,” Joseph said. “It’s really an honor to see a small town like ours having that much pull in a statewide organization.”

SCOA is comprised of orthopedists whose focus is to increase public attention and health care opportunities for individuals with musculoskeletal problems. SCOA sponsors annual research meetings and periodic training workshops. One of the chief aims of the association is to strengthen and increase networking among South Carolina’s orthopedists, providing a critical and invaluable avenue for information exchange and overall improved healthcare.

Camden Bone & Joint sets a high standard of care for a smaller community, Joseph said, adding that he and Piasecki plan to continue such practices as having an orthopedist out of their office present on the sidelines of local athletic events.

“We want to make sure that our athletes are cared for properly,” Joseph remarked. “We also want to see the (statewide) initiatives we’ve been working on with obesity reduction, no texting and driving, and helmets for bikers become national initiatives.”

Piasecki sees his and Joseph’s election as an opportunity to keep Kershaw County current with emerging orthopedic procedures.

“We can see what practices are in place throughout South Carolina and make sure we are always up to speed,” Piasecki said.

“It’s personally encouraging to see that a body of orthopedists would promote us,” Joseph added, “but it really speaks to the strength of our county’s orthopedic program.”


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