Baptist Beaumont Hospital Introduces New Concept in Joint Replacement Surgery

Beaumont (April 25, 2013) The number of Americans with arthritis is expected to rise from 46 million today to 67 million – one out of every two Baby Boomers by 2030. During the last 10 years, the number of people over 65 receiving hip replacements increased by over 35%, while the number receiving knee replacements increased by more than 70%. By 2030, eight times as many knee replacements will be performed. Baby Boomers are more active than their parents, and want to keep this active lifestyle. They also have higher expectations of service, demanding more innovative personalized health care programs with a focus on wellness, not simply restoring health.

Baptist Beaumont Hospital is changing the way patients and their families think about and experience Joint Replacement Surgery with the introduction of the Joint Rejuvenation Center, a comprehensive program that is based on a national best practice model for hip and knee replacements, and structured around the fundamental principle of wellness. A Ribbon Cutting event will be held at noon on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Baptist Beaumont Hospital, 3080 College Street, 2nd Floor, North Tower.

The Joint Rejuvenation Center experience actually begins in the physician’s office. Once someone decides to have joint replacement surgery, they are provided with a comprehensive guidebook, explaining their upcoming surgery and a list of activities, including pre-operative strengthening exercises that they need to begin prior to surgery. These patients are considered students – not patients. Each patient has a coach – usually a family member or loved one – who is an active participant in their loved one’s care before, during and after discharge from the hospital. Both student and coach are required to attend a pre-operative class ten days prior to surgery, where they meet their Joint Rejuvenation team, in addition to learning in detail about the procedure, what to expect in the hospital, and how to care for oneself after discharge.

All staff on the Joint Rejuvenation Center unit receives special training and is chosen to work on the unit because of their expertise; positive, upbeat nature; and high motivational skills. Care does not end after discharge or graduation. Graduates receive calls from the Joint Rejuvenation Center within 72 hours of discharge, and again one to two weeks later. Reunions for graduates and their coaches are held annually with the surgeons and their entire team.

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas has been serving the community for over 60 years. Our health care system is dedicated to providing quality health services in a Christian environment in order to improve health care for member of the Southeast Texas community.

For more information – contact Sondra Lovett at 409-212-7284.

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