A Leader and a Legacy

Celebrating 20 years logoAt TOC we are so excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary August 1, 2019. Our practice was founded in 1999 when two orthopaedic groups merged to become The Orthopaedic Center.

HOA (Huntsville Orthopedic Associates) doctors at the time were Drs. Louis Horn, Richard Burnside, Gil Aust, John Greco, and Mark Leberte, with all but Drs. Greco and Leberte now retired. The other practice, OANA (Orthopaedic Associates of North Alabama) included Drs. Ray Fambrough (now retired), Howard Miller, Philip Maddox, Joe Clark, and Morris Seymour.

Jeff Hamilton guided them through the process, merging both groups as he began the management of TOC. Jeff is a visionary, with a patient-first orientation to his leadership. He continued to lead the practice through mergers with OrthoSports Athens (August 2018) and Premier Orthopedic Surgery, in Guntersville (April 2019). He envisioned the positive impact TOC could have on the community, and then, he helped that vision come to fruition.

New Leadership at TOC

With his retirement in June, we at TOC wish to express the depths of our gratitude for Jeff’s leadership and guidance over the last 20 years. He guided TOC to incredible growth through community service and now, with 37 orthopaedists, we are the largest orthopaedic practice in Alabama. Of course, Jeff’s retirement plans left TOC with the surmountable task of finding a new leader. We are pleased to announce that Tracy Causey will be our new CEO.  Tracy is tasked with preserving the TOC legacy of excellence in patient care while maintaining an innovative approach to lead us into the future. We are confident and thrilled to have found the exact person for that task.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead an already well-established market leader group like TOC,” Tracy said. “My family and I are looking forward to relocating and integrating into the community and realizing the many opportunities ahead. It was a family decision and a family commitment.”

He and his wife have triplet eleven-year-old daughters. They will be attending Westminster Christian Academy in the fall, where his wife will teach and coach.

A native of Tallassee, Alabama, Tracy has been in health care management for the last 18 years, based out of Birmingham. His expertise is in both physical therapy and the orthopaedic arena. Tracy joins TOC having worked with Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, an outpatient physical therapy company which has grown to 350 locations operating in 16 states primarily in the Eastern United States.

Tracy oversaw the operations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. He worked very closely with orthopaedic practices of all sizes to build the business, including several of the doctors at TOC. He is excited about maximizing the TOC brand and the commitment to the communities we serve.

Please join us in welcoming Tracy Causey to the team, and also in thanking Jeff Hamilton for his years of dedicated service.  What an exciting way to celebrate twenty years of world-class patient care!

(This article originally appeared in TOC’s Summer 2019 Newsletter.)