TOC Panama City
Michael Boblitz, chief executive officer of Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic (TOC), is continuously seeking ways to serve patients best. In doing so, he took to a map of Northwest Florida to track the destinations they were traveling from to the clinic. Tracing map lines quickly became blueprints to two new offices in Panama City and Panama City Beach.
TOC was opened in 1974 by Dr. Doug Henderson and Dr. Tom Haney who saw the need for an orthopedic clinic specializing in sports medicine in a region with a wealth of high school and college sports teams. Today, between eight offices in Florida and Georgia, there are 32 physicians, 47 physician extenders and over 300 employees.
In October of 2022, the TOC Panama City office at 2011 Harrison Ave. will open.
The other new location, TOC Panama City Beach clinic is estimated to be in operation by the fall of 2024. This will bring the total to ten clinics.
The organization is excited to announce that the TOC Panama City Beach location will be in conjunction with Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Florida State University College of Medicine and The St. Joe Company. The 80,000-square-foot building will house TOC on the second floor with primary care on the first, cardiovascular on the third and surgical care on the fourth floor.
“Panama City Beach is growing by leaps and bounds with a lot of promising development happening,” said Boblitz. “It seemed like a great opportunity to open two offices to serve not only Bay County but the other growing adjacent counties as well, such as Walton and Gulf, to fulfill our promise to keep people healthy, active and strong through prevention, preservation and wellness.”
These offices will replicate the Tallahassee office over the next few years offering comprehensive care in the areas of joint reconstruction, sports medicine, regenerative medicines, diagnostic imaging, hand and wrist, foot and ankle, pain management, orthotics and prosthetics, shoulder and elbow, pediatric orthopedics, concussion, spine and back, trauma, physical therapy and more.
Boblitz is excited to welcome Eric A. Branch, MD, specializing in orthopedic sports medicine alongside Ryan Price, MD, specializing in pediatric orthopedics and Andy Borom, MD, specializing in foot and ankle surgery to the TOC Panama City location, beginning services in October.
With more doctors coming on board and an array of services, the idea is that patients receive total orthopedic care in one location rather than bouncing from office to office, which Boblitz refers to as the “ping-pong effect.”
Alongside convenience, the clinic has a clear vision to be a trusted partner to all who cross theirs doors by becoming a leading value-based organization that embraces cost reduction, quality and clinical experience.
“Access to all is very important to us,” said Boblitz. “We provide easy access to high-quality physicians who practice affordable medicine.”
To achieve this goal, they’ve established themselves as the only clinics within a wide radius that accept all forms of insurance and Medicaid, along with instant access through the TOC Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic, referred to as “TOC Now.” Further, the TOC online scheduling service allows the community to avoid antagonizing phone calls by easily scheduling an appointment with any provider of choice, 24 hours a day, from a mobile and desktop device (teamtoc.com). “Our $400 MRI, for example, saves patients with high deductible insurance plans about $1,600 (or more),” Boblitz said.
The money that is paid is often invested right back into the communities through nonprofit fundraisers, community events, clothing/food drives and disaster relief. Through the clinic’s sports medicine outreach program, they serve over 42 Big Bend schools and are the official team physicians of Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.
“We look forward to serving the Panama City and Panama City Beach communities within their own communities by getting residents seen and treated with the aim of getting them active again,” said Boblitz.