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NEW! Total Joint Program

Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2012

jointFor Immediate Release
February 1, 2012
Contact: Michele Hutchins
(603) 238-6468

SMH Introduces New Total Joint Program

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Speare Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce its new Total Joint Program: a comprehensive, clinically integrated care program— close to home—that focuses on restoring patients’ quality of life.

“Providing a care experience that is more than our patients expect is what we want to achieve for each person electing to have a total hip or total knee replacement at Speare,” explains Kris Hering, Speare Memorial Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer. “This is why we are excited to introduce our Total Joint Program that is specifically tailored to each individual patient’s needs and lifestyle to promote optimal recovery outcomes.”

In creating the program, professionals from across the clinical continuum of care came together to identify ways to make the process—the decision to have surgery, preparation for the actual procedure, post operative recovery and rehabilitation—evidence-based, streamlined, and patient-centered. Over the last few months, Plymouth Orthopedics and Sports Medicines’ Dr. Victor Gennaro and Virginia Mike, PA-C, have partnered with Speare nurses, social workers, case managers, financial counselors, and Choice Physical Therapy’s physical and occupational therapists, to identify process improvements that enhance patients’ understanding, their overall care experience, and ultimately, their recovery. The result is the Total Joint Program featuring:

  • Patient Information Guides: comprehensive guides for knee and hip replacement given to patients once the decision to have surgery has been made. Guides explain and organize the whole continuum of care from pre-op testing to post-operative appointments after discharge from the hospital. Guides include: education on procedure, medications to take or not take, what to bring to the hospital, how to use assistive devices, overview of postoperative exercises and discharge instructions.
  • The Coach: all total joint replacement patients will be asked to select someone as their ‘coach’ along the continuum of care. This coach will play an important role in the preparation, healing and recovery of the patient. Patients often feel overwhelmed with information and having an extra set of eyes and ears to help them understand the instructions from the healthcare team is invaluable.
  • Face-to-Face Interview: prior to surgery the patient and coach meet with a specially trained perioperative nurse, anesthesia provider, physical/ occupational therapist, and financial counselor if requested, to ensure optimal preparation for surgery. Patients and coach tour the in-patient rehabilitation gym and nursing unit to meet members of the healthcare team who will be caring for them in the hospital.
  • Clinical Liaison: healthcare professional the patient and/or coach can call to ask questions and clarify information at all points of the process. This liaison will serve as the ‘life line’ ensuring ongoing support for the patient and coach.

For more information about Speare’s Total Joint Program, or to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, call Plymouth Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic at (603) 536-1565.

Speare Memorial Hospital —a 24-hour, acute care, non-profit community hospital and health care provider serving Plymouth and the communities of central New Hampshire—is nationally ranked as a HealthStrongTM: Top 100 Critical Access Hospital. Visit online at www.spearehospital.com and join us on Facebook.