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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System Hosts Ribbon Cutting for CHRISTUS Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute

The opening also marks the start of a 24-hour fitness model for the CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living Fitness and Aquatic Center.


Longview, October 13, 2022 – The CHRISTUS Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute will officially open Thursday with a special ceremony. In addition to the state-of-the-art Orthopedic care offered at the Institute, the center is also expanding the operation of its fitness and aquatics center to 24 hours.

“Our team of world-class orthopedic and sports medicine specialists provides diagnosis and treatment for injuries and chronic conditions of bones, joints, and muscles in one centralized location for convenience and ease of care,” explained Todd Hancock, president, and CEO of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “The CHRISTUS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provides patients with access to specialties like podiatry, sports medicine, and total joint replacement and revisions. The gamut of exceptional care is something we are excited about providing to those we serve.”

Stephen Littlejohn, MD, lead orthopedic surgeon for CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System, is enthusiastic about the future of care for the community and pleased to see a care model centered around patients and their needs.

“We’re talking about being in one place. Instead of sending people crisscrossing across offices and locations, we’re meeting them where they need us,” said Dr. Littlejohn. “No one should have to delay their care by being forced to make multiple office trips. We’re continuing our healing work by making our communication and patient care easier. It is about being able to treat every patient like we would want to treat our own family members. Let’s make it the best and make it easy for them.”

In addition to orthopedic care, the facility’s fitness center, which members of the community can access by purchasing a membership, includes an aquatic center with a heated therapy pool, a four-lane lap pool, a hot tub, and a cold plunge—a spacious locker room, group fitness studio as well as indoor and outdoor walking tracks.

To learn how the CHRISTUS Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute in Longview is taking orthopedic care to the next level, the media is invited to a ribbon cutting and blessing at 3313 Good Shepherd Way in which the following important offerings will be featured:

  • A new 27,000-square-foot space, including dedicated operating rooms for orthopedic surgical procedures,
  • the complete scope of services from orthopedics, sports medicine, and joint replacement to podiatry,
  • a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center
  • and a cutting-edge diagnostic imaging

Anyone interested in learning more about the medical services, the facility offerings, and life-transforming care can schedule an appointment today at 903.500.5025

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CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System includes CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Longview (425-bed count); CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall (149-bed count); freestanding Emergency Departments, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd NorthPark , and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Emergency Center – Kilgore; medically integrated wellness centers, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Institute for Healthy Living and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd LifeCenter; and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the multi-specialty medical group of CHRISTUS Health, with more than 1,300 clinicians representing over 300 locations serving Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. For more information on CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System services, visit

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