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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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