Tri Rivers Turns 50

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After almost 25 years in orthopedic surgery, Drs. Scott and Pete Nettrour had built a hustling practice on the sixth floor of the Passavant Medical Building.

In February 1994, a Passavant colleague — Michael W. Weiss, MD — approached the Nettrours about joining Tri Rivers (MSK Milestone #4). “We shook hands and said we’d work out the details later,” Dr. Pete recalled, and they welcomed him aboard. Within days, Dr. Weiss brought two of his trusted staff with him, and a new era was born.

From the start, Dr. Weiss was a straight-shooter with excellent surgical skills. Already in another private practice for 10 years, Dr. Weiss hit the ground running and never slowed down. For 25 years, he faithfully cared for patients at Tri Rivers and within the Passavant community. He made a lasting impact on our staff, our patients and those far beyond our walls. For 10 years, Dr. Weiss traveled with Operation Walk Pittsburgh, a nonprofit organization that provides free orthopedic care to third-world countries, serving as co-medical director (MSK Milestone #23). Before his retirement in 2019, Dr. Weiss received two notable awards for his humanitarian service.

When Dr. Weiss joined in February, the Nettrours were already in negotiations with another orthopedic surgeon – a bright and very talented young surgeon named D. Kelly Agnew, MD. However, true to their word and their famous handshake agreement, the Nettrours welcomed Dr. Agnew to the team in July of that same year (MSK Milestone #5).

In addition to being a gifted surgeon, Dr. Agnew possessed a strong business acumen. New to western Pennsylvania, he identified the need for more orthopedic services in Butler County and recommended that Tri Rivers move north (MSK Milestone #6). The demand for quality orthopedic care was real, and Tri Rivers quickly became a household name in Butler. Shortly thereafter, Tri Rivers opened its first Butler location in a small shared office space (MSK Milestone #7).

Now, more than 25 years later, that trusted relationship between Tri Rivers and members of the Butler community lives on.