Over 180 Attend PPOA Laser Spine Institute Career Fair
They lined up an hour early, armed with resumes. They hugged colleagues. That was the scene on March 6 as nearly 200 displaced LSI employees attended a career fair at Physician Partners of America (PPOA).
Ten workers were offered jobs on the spot, with many follow-up interviews scheduled.
Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute abruptly closed its doors March 1, leaving about 600 local workers without a job. PPOA, which is growing rapidly and has been advertising 70 open positions, made an appeal through the media on Saturday. It urged both LSI workers and stranded chronic back pain patients to reach out.
The executive team met and quickly arranged the PPOA Laser Spine Institute Career Fair.
“We are so gratified to have the opportunity to help the community, this talented workforce, and Laser Spine Institute patients,” said Josh Helms, COO of Physician Partners of America. “We’re glad we could respond quickly to this sad turn of events.”
Physician Partners of America performs the same minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedures as Laser Spine Institute. In fact, LSI’s surgical founder, Dr. James St. Louis, moved to PPOA in January 2018.
In addition, PPOA’s pain specialists are now performing laser procedures on facet arthritis patients. The company’s long-established pain management division also performs neuromodulation, intrathecal pain pumps and other non-opioid treatments for chronic pain.
Physician Partners of America has been responding to dozens of calls, emails and social media inquiries from former Laser Spine Institute patients, and scheduling them for consultations.
“We’re more than ready to help these displaced patients,” said Helms. “Even patients who are from out of state an find help with us. We’ve got the space, the technology and the expertise.”
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Displaced patients can call 855-25-LASER (855-255-2737) or visit the PPOA website.