Presence St. Mary's and Oak Orthopedics Offer Quick Orthopedic Appointment Access for Community

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital President Chris Shride and the hospital’s Orthopedic Council Medical Director Dr. Michael Corcoran, along with other physicians and physician assistants from Oak Orthopedics have geared up to offer Express Access Orthopedic Appointments.

Now open to the community, St. Mary’s new Express Access Appointment program offers community members express orthopedic appointments and brings together a team of experts to provide comprehensive care to patients throughout the process, from diagnosis to treatment to post-surgical care.

The launch of the Express Access Appointment is the latest initiative in the hospital’s plan to enhance their orthopedic program. In collaboration with Oak Orthopedics, St. Mary’s has developed a comprehensive orthopedic program that includes a physician led orthopedic council, joint camp and rehabilitation; offering a comprehensive team approach dedicated to quality and patient-focused care. The hospital is currently renovating their surgical unit to better accommodate patients during their stay.  

“St. Mary’s has shown a continuous commitment to quality orthopedic care. We are excited to support their efforts and collaborate with the hospital as a cutting edge, state-of-the-art orthopedic institute,” says Dr. Corcoran. “Express access appointments are one of many new initiatives St. Mary’s has taken to revitalize orthopedic care and better serve the Kankakee community.”

Patients looking to see an orthopedic specialist within 72 hours can call 855.890.0650 or visit

Back Row (Left to Right): Tom Antkowiak, M.D., M.S.; Timothy Friedrich, D.P.M.; Eddie Jones Jr., M.D.; Eric Varboncouer, M.D.; Carey Ellis, M.D.; David Fritz, A.P.N.

Middle Row (Left to Right): Taylor Atkinson, P.A.-C.; Adriana Lingl, P.A.-C.; Ryan Sullivan, M.D.; Rajeev Puri, M.D.; Juan Santiago-Palma, M.D.; Alexander Michalow, M.D.; Kermit Muhammad, M.D.; Wesley Choy, M.D.; Kristen Connors, P.A.-C.; Kristen Fields, P.A.-C., A.T.C.; Devon Saini, P.A.-C.

Front Row (Left to Right): Cheryl Tyson, MSN, BBA, RN, Administrator, OAK Orthopedics; Michael Corcoran, M.D.; Chris Shride, President Presence St. Mary’s Hospital; Milton Smit, M.D.; Mary Kohl, Interim CEO, Oak Orthopedics

About OAK Orthopedics

OAK Orthopedics has been serving the Midwest since 1945. With three office locations and an outpatient surgical care facility, (OAK Surgical Institute, OSI)  their directive is to continually look for ways to better serve their patients with state-of-the-art orthopedic care and diagnostic imaging.

The specialty-trained doctors of OAK Orthopedics provide treatment for orthopedic injuries and conditions affecting the ankle, back, elbow, foot, hand, hip, knee, neck, shoulder, spine, and wrist as well as joint replacement & revision, orthopedic trauma, pain management, pediatric orthopedics, physical medicine & rehabilitation, podiatry, and sports medicine.

Patients can contact Oak Orthopedics directly by calling (815) 928-8050 or visiting

About Presence St. Mary’s Hospital

Presence St. Mary’s Hospital is a 182-bed acute care facility with a Level II Emergency/Trauma Center serving Kankakee and the surrounding counties. Presence St. Mary’s Hospital has received numerous awards for their quality of care and has been recognized nationally for their achievements in patient safety and satisfaction.