Kosciusko Community Hospital will soon see a new addition indicative of Warsaw’s title as the “Orthopedic Capital.” A new joint replacement center will soon open to the public at the hospital.
According to a letter sent by Kim Finch, chief nursing officer at KCH, the Orthopedic Center will provide patients with an opportunity to achieve wellness and recover from surgery in an environment that utilizes a unique staffing model.
By promoting education, personal coaching and clinical excellence under a common goal of rapid recovery and improved quality of life, KCH hopes to offer an experience that will improve patients’ experience throughout the joint replacement process.
According to Finch, the program will include several key components including an innovative best practice model for hip and knee replacement which will be combined with advance techniques to decrease post-operative pain and nausea. Finch also noted a redesigned environment will enhance patient experience and satisfaction.
Other key components listed include a comprehensive system to measure clinical, functional and operational outcomes as well as the implementation of standardized protocols that facilitate early ambulation, rapid discharge and accelerated recovery.
The new center will be located on the third floor of KCH and will offer private patient rooms as well as group lounging areas where patients may have daily group physical therapy, a coach as well as family member or friend involvement and other activities. Finch notes patients will also receive special amenities during their stay.
“Because joint replacement is an elective procedure, we want to offer an extraordinary patient experience so patients will choose our hospital as the destination for their surgery,” states Finch.
Dr. Leamon Williams, MD, has been selected to act as the physician champion for the new center. Finch explains Williams will play an integral part of the implementation and ongoing success of the center.
The new center will open on July 13.