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AAOE 50th Anniversary
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AAOE Turns 50 in 2019! 


Fifty years ago, BONES was created as a community for orthopedic practice executives to share knowledge, advice, best practices, and lessons learned with one another. Rebranded as AAOE, the association continues to grow and expand, providing a place for orthopedic practice professionals to learn, network, and grow in their career.


We are celebrating this exciting milestone throughout the year, leading up to the big celebration at AAOE's 2019 Annual Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN. 


Whether you're a new, seasoned, or past member, you're an important part of this anniversary, which is as much a celebration of AAOE's past as it is an anticipation of our bright future! 


As part of our celebration, we are sharing videos and stories told by current and past AAOE members leading up to the reveal of the full 50th anniversary video at the 2019 Annual Conference.


More interviews and stories will be added to this page each month, so be sure to check back! Follow AAOE on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter to stay in the loop. And be part of the 50th anniversary celebration by registering now for AAOE's 2019 Annual Conference!


Learn about AAOE's history by viewing our interactive timeline!




The Best of What Humanity Has to Offer


Jan Vest, MBA, CEO Emeritus of Signature Medical Group, reflects on the reason AAOE was started 50 years ago, originally founded as BONES. He explains why it's "the best of what humanity has to offer."


All About the Networking



Timothy Pella, Practice Manager, Southeast Iowa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, reflects on the conversations he has had with other members about the start of BONES, which has since been rebranded as AAOE. He says, "It was all about the networking."


The Reunion of Eastern and Western BONES



Thomas Stearns, FACMPE, retired VP of Medical Practice Services at State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company, talks about the reunion of Eastern and Western BONES that occurred during his time as chair.


BONES 30th Anniversary



Timothy Pella, Practice Manager at Southeast Iowa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, discusses BONES 30th Anniversary Celebration, which took place during his presidency.


BONES 2005 Conference: Support in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina




Craig Henry, MHA, Practice Administrator at Hand Center of Louisiana, tells the story of members coming together in support in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.



AAOE Becomes a Standalone Association




Donald A. Schreiner, MBA, CEO of OrthoIllinois, discusses AAOE's move to Indianapolis as a standalone association, which occurred during his presidency.


Learn More in AAOE's Celebrating 50 Years Blog Series



Celebrate at AAOE's 2019 Annual Conference

  • Be there for the live showing of the 50th anniversary video
  • Meet 18 of AAOE's Past Presidents
  • Be one of the first to receive the anniversary book with advice curated from AAOE members
  • See the 20-foot anniversary mural in person 
  • Be part of the 50th anniversary celebration party!
  • Receive a wireless phone charger, courtesy of sponsor Exscribe


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