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    About Orton Ltd

    75 years of experience in providing the best care and rehabilitation

    The Invalid Foundation, later Orton Foundation, was founded in 1940 for the treatment, rehabilitation and vocational training of veterans injured in Finland’s Winter War. The Foundation has played a key role in the development of Finnish healthcare. The Orton Foundation has led the development of comprehensive rehabilitation and spearheaded scientific research and vocational rehabilitation. Hospital Orton has developed new treatment practices in Finland.

    Orton Ltd is a Finnish healthcare organisation specialized in musculoskeletal disorders, pain management and therapeutic services. The first joint replacement surgery in Finland was performed in 1967 at the hospital, then known as the Invalid Foundation hospital, and the first endoscopic surgery took place there in 1976. Orton utilises computer-assisted orthopaedic surgery, now established as part of safe back surgery.

    Our treatment chain ensures that we can give you all the help you need, from diagnosis to treatment, and if necessary, from surgery to rehabilitation. Specialist appointments are available at short notice, without referral. When you have your appointment, any X-ray examinations the doctor prescribes as well as any laboratory tests can be performed at the same visit. If your treatment requires surgery, the date can be agreed to suit you. Orton offers a wide range of physiotherapy and occupational therapy services to support your rehabilitation.

    Orton Management Group

    • Markus Orava, Chief Executive Officer
    • Heikki Hurri, Chief Medical Officer
    • Mikko Manninen, Chief Physician in Orthopaedics
    • Klea Laos, CFO
    • Heli Hirn, Service Director
    • Heli Ruottu, Hospital Service Manager
    • Pia Koivu, Sales and Marketing Director
    • Pipsa Paaja, HR Manager

    Research at Orton

    The scientific research unit at the Invalid Foundation (later Orton Foundation) was founded in 1956. The unit focuses on the study of musculoskeletal disorders, conducting both basic and clinical research. For more than 70 years, the Foundation has been a centre of expertise for orthopaedic surgery, rehabilitation and vocational special training, offering university-level training for those wishing to specialise. Our key research areas include:

    • Clinical and RCT trials and long-term follow-up studies in orthopaedics and rehabilitation
    • Developing new technology, critical evaluation and innovative studies
    • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis research
    • Nursing research

    During 2000–2014, we have published 840 papers in international journals and 146 in Finnish journals. We have also published 25 doctoral dissertations. We have achieved internationally acclaimed results, notably in paediatric orthopaedics, treatment and rehabilitation related to back diseases, and computer-assisted surgery.

    Click here for upcoming seminars in our training calendar.

    Live gallery

    The idea of the Live gallery (in Finnish) is to bring high-quality art to unusual settings: to the everyday environment of healthcare clients and staff. The cafe at Orton has served as a stage for monthly changing art exhibitions ever since October 2001.

    The Gallery focuses strongly on Finnish modern art. Because of space restrictions we display mostly paintings, graphic art and photography, but some of the artists have also presented video installations, performances or sculptures.

    In 2004, on the sculptor Hannu Siren's initiative, the Orton Foundation sculpture park was erected next to the Gallery. Several well-known sculptors have chosen to display their art in this changing collection.

    Art can awaken feelings and memories and bring up discussion, joy and sometimes anger as well. The healing and harmonising effects of art and culture are well known. In addition to creating a pleasing atmosphere, the Gallery also promotes good health. The Finnish Cultural Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, among others, have supported the exhibitions at the Live Gallery.