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BJISG Recognized as a Bulldog 100 Business

Bulldog100February 18, 2015 – Jesup, GA – The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia and owner, Dr. J. Lex Kenerly, were recognized by the University of Georgia Alumni Association as one of the top 100 fastest-growing businesses owned or operated by UGA alumni. The announcement was made at the 6th annual Bulldog 100 Celebration on February 7th held in Atlanta. 

The Bone & Joint Institute was established in Jesup in 2010 by Kenerly, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and 1978 UGA graduate. The practice specializes in surgical and nonsurgical treatments of sports-related and traumatic injuries of the musculoskeletal system, and serves 13 counties in South Georgia from four locations. 

“It’s an honor to be included in the 2015 class of the Bulldog 100. To have Bone & Joint recognized for its strengths in business from an acclaimed institution like UGA is very rewarding,” said Kenerly. “The Bulldog Top 100 is a highly sought-after accolade, and I am grateful to be among a select few UGA graduates chosen. This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Dr. J. Matt Valosen, Dr. Christopher Swanson, Scott Rowell, PA-C, and Stephen Hutcheson, PA-C. They’re dedication and hard work are key attributes to the success of our growing practice.” 

Since its opening, the Bone & Joint Institute has grown to accommodate the needs of patients in the communities it serves. The practice has four locations, employs five healthcare providers and a staff of over 50. The Bone & Joint Institute offers comprehensive orthopaedic care and features the Joint Commission accredited Surgery Center in Jesup, digital surgical suites designed exclusively for orthopaedic surgeries, on-site x-ray services, and open MRIs at the Jesup and Waycross offices. 

The 2015 Bulldog 100 Rankings were narrowed down from more than 450 nationwide nominations. To be considered for the prestigious list, organizations must be in business for a minimum of five years, have experienced revenues of more than $100,000, and be owned and operated by a UGA graduate. The list acknowledges companies of all sizes, focusing on a three year compounded annual growth rate. 

The 2015 class, consisting of 146 alumni from 100 businesses, was inducted at the 6th annual Bulldog 100 Celebration at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The evening began with a roundtable discussion, followed by a reception and dinner. The keynote speaker was Hala Moddelmog, 1981 UGA graduate, and President and CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. 

“The strength of the businesses on this year’s Bulldog 100 list illustrates the quality of a 

University of Georgia education,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson, UGA Executive Director of Alumni Relations. “The university prides itself on preparing the state and country’s future business leaders, and the alumni who own these businesses are the result of that focus on serving the state, nation and world.”