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Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics names new top executive

Brent Norton, M.Ed, MHA, ATC

The Louisville-based sports medicine and orthopedics practice promoted Brent Norton to the role of executive director, effective July 1. In effect, Norton will be the chief executive for the practice. Previously, practice administrator Tom Steltenkamp has held the top executive role, according to a news release from the company.

Steltenkamp will remain with the company and will retire in the next three to five years. Steltenkamp said in the release that he wanted to start planning his exit strategy now for a seamless leadership transition.

"When I brought Brent into this practice, I was confident he would prove to be the person to succeed me," Steltenkamp, who joined the practice in 1985, said in the release.

Norton joined Ellis & Badenhausen's Dr. Rudy J Ellis Sports Medicine Center, an accelerated practice for acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, in 1999 as an athletic trainer after earning a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a master's degree in education from the University of Louisville. He also holds a master's degree in health administration from Weber University.

Norton left the practice for about a year and a half and rejoined Ellis & Badenhausen in 2003, according to his LinkedIn profile. At that time, he was an office manager and clinical outreach athletic trainer, according to the release.

He was named associate administrator in 2014.

"E&B is not going to change. We are a physician practice whose culture values both our patients and staff. We are going to stay true to those principles," Norton said in the release.

Ellis & Badenhausen started in 1954 when Dr. Rudy Ellis started seeing patients. He was joined by Dr. Walter Badenhausen in 1969, according to the release.

The group has nine physicians and 109 employeesacross its three locations in Louisville.

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How I spent my Total Eclipse Day and why Preadmission Testing (PAT) is necessary?

Tom Steltenkamp ATC

I’m the practice administrator for Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedics, PSC. In May of this year, I started having left hip pain out of the blue. Up to that time I had been able to walk on a daily basis without any problems with my hip. I decided to see one of our physicians. The x-rays showed osteoarthritis with a cyst and complete narrowing of my hip joint space. After consulting his partners, it was decided I needed a total hip replacement. With the University of Louisville Football season upon us, I was going to wait until the holiday season to have the surgery; however the pain in my hip continued to increase and my mobility decreased. Therefore, I decided it was time to set up the surgery for the end of August.

I had my preadmission testing done on August 8, and the results were sent to my Internist. The next day he called me and said I had an abnormal EKG and would need to follow up with a cardiologist for additional testing. My cardiologist reviewed the EKG and asked me to come to his office where he did a limited echocardiogram. He did not notice the probable inferior infarct from the EKG, but saw some calcium buildup in my heart. His recommendation was to set me up for a Coronary Calcium Scan. The procedure is not covered by insurance, but the cost was only $99.00. (Well worth the money!) I had this done on August 14 at the University of Louisville Hospital. My score was 656.6, anything over 400 is extensive plaque buildup in the heart. His main concern was the “remodeling” in the Distal Left Main, and in the proximal and mid Left Anterior Descending (LAD).

My cardiologist knew he would not be able to do a traditional stress test with my bad hip, and even doing a nuclear stress test may not show all he needed to see. His recommendation was to set up a heart catheterization for August 21.

My heart cath was performed on August 21 – Total Eclipse Day! The procedure showed I had 80% blockage in my LAD and a drug-eluting stent was placed in the area. There is a nickname for complete blockage in the LAD — it’s called the “Widow Maker” – it can strike at anytime and without warning!

Since my procedure, I have spoken with both RN’s at our offices, and they state a lot of patients get upset when they have to go for further cardiac clearance before surgery. I am here to tell you that preadmission testing saved my life! I’ve never had any chest pain or shortness of breath. To say I’m fortunate is an understatement!

My Total Eclipse Day was well spent in the Heart Cath Suite — even if I didn’t see one minute of the eclipse!!

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