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Meet Dr. Todd Rimington of Belmont / Harlem Surgery Center

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Todd Rimington.

Dr. Rimington, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today? How did you come to BHSC?
I was looking for an efficient, well run surgery center to perform my outpatient surgeries.

What were you doing before arriving here?
I was doing all of my outpatient surgeries in a hospital setting.

Why did you go into medicine?
I’ve been interested in medicine since I was in high school. I shadowed an orthopedic surgeon as part of a high school class and learned then it was what I wanted to do.

During medical school, I really enjoyed anatomy and how it relates to orthopedic surgery. In addition, I enjoy treating all types of patients and not knowing exactly what challenges I may face in the hospital/operating room on a daily basis.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I expect I will be right here servicing the people of Chicago as an orthopedic surgeon in 10 years.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Technology advancing means we are always expanding services based on our patient’s needs. Our center is multi-specialty center for a variety of surgeries including: ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, pain management, urology, general surgery, ophthalmology, podiatry and orthopedic.

For example, we recently added a new surgical technique to our surgery center. A new advance in orthopedic hand surgery is to perform “wide awake surgery” while using only local anesthetic and no tourniquet. This technique minimizes medical risk of the surgery by eliminating the need for general anesthesia or even sedation.

I perform this local anesthetic technique for the majority of his hand surgeries, including carpal tunnel surgery, trigger finger surgery, cyst excision, tendon repair, and many hand fractures. We are also able to minimize injection pain, prevent bleeding during the surgery and eliminate the need for a tourniquet which eliminates the pain associated with the surgery.

To be successful we have to be flexible at our surgery center, but remain efficient in how we run things to be able to remain successful on these new approaches to surgery.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Belmont and Harlem Surgery Center – what should we know?
Unlike a hospital surgery, our patients get affordable, quality outpatient surgery, where they can heal at home, quickly, conveniently and comfortably. One way we stay on top of our results is communication with patients and we do not shy away from encouraging reviews and rating their satisfaction. Our longtime 99% rating on our patient satisfaction survey means we maintain a constant pulse on how we are doing in patient care, ensuring every patients experience is consistent and high quality.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We have a great team of surgeons on staff, who provide high-quality surgery and are experts in the care they give their patients. Alongside your surgeons is a team of nurses and staff that is like family, and I think that patients experience that genuine care for them when they chose to have their surgery with us. Our staff makes a positive difference in the lives of our patients.

We take the time to get to know our patients, explain the procedure that they are having that day and address all their needs.

Providing multi-specialty surgeries allows us to help a variety of people in Chicago and the nearby suburbs. We continually maintain high quality care, our patients trust that when they refer their family and friends to our team, their loved ones will receive that same care.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Belmont and Harlem Surgery Center
    3101-3115 N. Harlem Avenue,
    Main Entrance at 3115 N. Harlem Ave. 1st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60634
  • Website:
  • Phone: (773) 889-2000

Image Credit:
Dr Rimington with the Hawk, the hawk was in Ireland at the school of Falconry while on vacation. He was able to handle the hawk after a 1 day course at the Ireland School of Falconry

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