Joint Center Services
The Joint Center coordinates services such as those provided by orthopaedic
surgeons, nurses, dietitians, rehabilitation therapists, a case manager
and chaplain at one location.
The Joint Center offers patients the optimum environment to rehabilitate
after total hip, knee or shoulder surgery in a most efficient and home-like
manner. The Center's wellness philosophy includes a casual atmosphere,
group dining, spending most of the day out of your bed and planning for
discharge to home with outpatient therapy. Our goals are to maximize the
total joint care experience, enhance the rehabilitation process and prepare
each patient for an active and independent lifestyle.
Read how the Joint Center staff is providing an innovative method of pain
control following surgery for total joint replacement patients.
Providence Medical Center received 5 stars for the quality of its total
knee replacement care from Healthgrades, the leading online resource that
helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor,
the right hospital, and the right care. This achievement is part of new
American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2016: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates hospital performance at over 4,500 hospitals nationwide
for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.
Components of the Joint Center include:
A staff that performs pre-admission assessments, education and planning
for post-hospital therapy. The entire health care team works together to ensure the best care.
24-hour nursing care and daily physician rounds.
Technology. Our excellent medical team utilizes the very latest in orthopaedic technology,
including minimally invasive techniques. In addition, blood conservation
techniques are available and, in the future, computer-guided surgery is
on the horizon.
Exceptional rehabilitative therapy. The Rehabilitation department's goal is to help patients resume their
active lives after an orthopaedic procedure. Our therapists even begin
the rehabilitation process before patients enter the hospital. Immediately
after surgery, therapists continue to help patients rebuild strength,
endurance, flexibility and range of motion in the affected joint. Patients
receive group physical/ occupational therapy. Patients tend to motivate
one another, enjoy group interaction and work harder with peer encouragement.
Morale is higher and goals are more easily attained in this group setting.
Education before surgery. Prehab classes inform patients and their coaches of what to expect before,
during and after surgery.
Individualized and specific dietary planning. A registered dietitian provides one-on-one nutrition counseling and education
as needed for each patient. The dietitian then works with the physician
to help tailor a diet based on medical need and lifestyle.
Individualized and specific discharge planning. A case manager works with each patient and their family and multidisciplinary
team to provide a specific plan of care in preparation of being discharged
from the hospital. Providence offers options of receiving Home Health,
Outpatient Therapy, or Skilled Nursing for continued rehabilitation, thus
ensuring the continuum of care process. These services require a physician's referral.
Spiritual care services. A hospital chaplain will routinely visit each patient in the Joint Center.
In addition, chaplains are available daily to offer comfort, prayer and
support to patients during their stay.