About North Country Orthopaedic Group
Our mission is to provide northern New York with the highest quality of medical care and to satisfy our patient's health care needs in a prompt and efficient manner with warm and caring professional service. We continually strive to ensure an ethical, compassionate, and enabling approach to patient services and to the professionals who deliver these services.
Our growth and success is due to the hard work and professionalism of our employees. In sum, we strive to provide employees with a rewarding place to work. Working together provides us with a promising future and our most important commodity—a good reputation in the community. We want to ensure that our excellent reputation continues by always giving the best patient service possible.
It was the summer of 1959, a time best remembered in the North Country for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, when a young Yale School of Medicine graduate, Walker R. Heap, MD, introduced the practice of orthopaedic surgery to northern New York.
Dr. Heap arrived in Watertown in July of that year, having just completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He wasted no time starting his new practice. Within a few weeks of his arrival, he saw his first orthopaedic patient in his new office at 161 Clinton Street.
Dr. Heap's reputation as a skilled surgeon grew quickly, and within a few short years, he found himself unable to keep up with the growing demand for his services. Turning to his orthopaedic training program, Dr. Heap persuaded fellow alumnus James B. Fish, MD, to join him in his work.
The surgeons' practice continued to grow through the 1960s. By 1970, the practice had recruited a third Michigan-trained orthopaedist, David O. Van Eenenaam, MD, and moved its offices to a new 11, 000-square-foot facility at 622 Washington Street. It also formally incorporated its business, adopting the name North Country Orthopaedic Group, PC, or NCOG.
The field of orthopaedics continued to change rapidly over the next few decades and NCOG responded accordingly. The practice systematically recruited newly trained orthopaedic surgeons to the group to ensure it always offered the latest surgical techniques and medical advances to its patients – a philosophy we still follow today.