EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 15, 2013

'Local care, local share': Giving to Santa Fund is a tradition at Associates in Orthopedics

By Alexandra Pecci

---- — The physicians and staff at Associates in Orthopedics like to solve problems, says partner Gregory K. Johnson, MD.

Whether the patients are uninsured or underinsured, poor or wealthy, they’ll get care somehow. And if for some reason the folks at Associates in Orthopedics can’t help a patient, they’ll work to find a provider who can.

“People with no insurance come here. We just work it out with everyone,” Johnson says. “Everyone gets pointed in a right or better direction with us.”

It’s that spirit of caring for anyone and everyone in the community that Associates in Orthopedics, which has offices in North Andover and Haverhill, strives to create all year. Around the holidays, they embody that spirit a little bit more by also contributing to the Santa Fund.

The office staff contributes to other charities, too, such as giving toys to children in need. But the Santa Fund holds a special place in the hearts of the physician partners.

“We have various forms of office-based charity, but the partners like to do the Santa Fund,” Johnson says. “We write a corporate check to the Santa Fund.”

He adds that Associates in Orthopedics has been donating to the Santa Fund for more than 15 years because it’s a locally administered and distributed charity and that means a lot.

“That is the best charity,” he says. “Local care, local share.”

Johnson says that he and the partners appreciate that they can see that the Santa Fund’s donations truly do go to the people who need it most, right in the cities and neighborhoods where their patients live.

“We care for all types of people,” Johnson says. “We like to support the community and support a good charity like this and make this a place where people want to live.”

Plus, he says it’s important to be part of the Santa Fund’s nearly 90-year-old tradition of giving back in the Merrimack Valley.

“It’s the perfect time of year to be perfectly generous,” Johnson says. “It’s a historic duty, really, to think of others at this holy day, this time of year.”