More than 180 displaced Laser Spine Institute employees attended a career fair at Tampa-based Physician Partners of America (PPOA) on Wednesday, March 6. Ten workers were offered jobs on the spot, with many follow-up interviews and offers pending.
Laser Spine Institute abruptly closed its doors March 1, leaving about 600 local workers without a job. Competitor 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 patients to reach out.
The executive team met and quickly arranged a 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 LSI patients, and scheduling them for consultations.
“We’re more than ready to help these displaced patients,” said Helms.
Former Laser Spine Institute employees can email the Physician Partners of America Human Resources Department at email@example.com or visit the website’s Career Page: https://careers-physicianpartnersofamerica.icims.com/jobs.
Displaces Laser Spine Institute patients can go to the website or call 844 542-5724 to schedule appointments.