Baptist Opens Joint Replacement Center Offering New Concept to Patient Care

Monday, January 3, 2011

With over 1,400 joint replacement surgeries performed annually, Baptist Medical Center opens a new unit specializing in joint replacement surgery. The dedicated unit incorporates comprehensive treatment approach aiming to shorten recovery, improve outcomes and encourage wellness. Along with specifically dedicated trained staff, a Joint Care Coordinator guides patients every step of the way from admissions to discharge.

Orthopedic Surgeon Brian Johnson, MD, with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, has been named the Medical Director for the Baptist Joint Replacement Center. He said, "We are taking all the components a patient goes through when having joint replacement surgery and packaging a comprehensive, integrated process that includes seamless care. Orthopedic surgery isn't new to the hospital, but Baptist is offering a new concept by dedicating itself to an entire joint replacement unit."

Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, specifically the knee, hip, or shoulder. Baptist's new Joint Replacement Center approach starts before surgery with an orientation program offered on-site and on-line.

"The orientation educates patients about what to expect before, during and after surgery," added Baptist Joint Care Coordinator Angie Gillespie, RN, MSN. "All areas of the surgery process are explained from hospital admission, surgery, pain management, rehab and discharge planning. Our discharge planner works to make sure the patient has a smooth transition from the hospital to home."

Each day joint replacement patients are in the hospital they receive a newsletter to keep them informed of the activities scheduled. Patient rehabilitation will be provided both individually and in group sessions. Patients are also taught rehabilitation techniques they can perform at their bedsides throughout the day, to shorten their recovery time. Family members are encouraged to visit frequently and provide support, especially during physical therapy sessions.

All joint replacement surgeries are performed by fellowship trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons.The trained and dedicated staff at the center specializes in care for orthopedic patients, providing expertise in meeting the needs of patients undergoing joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation.

In 2011, Baptist Medical Centerisamong the top 5 percent in the nation in overall orthopedic services and joint replacement according to a comprehensive annual study released October 20, 2010, by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. Baptist Medical Center achieved other notable HealthGrades recognitions by being a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ in 2011, and  receiving Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement three years in a row 2009-2011, Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement three years in a row 2009-2011, and Five-Star rated for Total Hip Replacement.

Marshall | Steele rated Baptist in the top 5 percent as a performer in operational and financial excellence. Marshall | Steele is a physician-led healthcare services firm in Chicago focused on transforming traditional hospital service lines into Destination Centers of Superior Performance.

For more information about Baptist Joint Replacement Center visit or call the Baptist Health Line at 800.948.6262.

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