Published: 01/14/2013

Expanding Success – Joint Replacement Program Leads to Specialized Center

Evangelical Community Hospital is celebrating the new year with the opening of a specialized Center of Orthopaedics. The Center, which opened for patient care on January 7, 2013, was inspired by seven years and 2,900 successful procedures of the Joint Replacement Program.
The Joint Replacement Program was initiated in 2005 to address the wide-range of individuals who, at a variety of ages, were experiencing shoulder, knee and hip issues that kept them from leading the active lives they desired. The program consistently produces a 99 percent or greater patient satisfaction rate with many individuals literally walking away with a second lease on life.
The new Center uses a team approach of medical professionals – Evangelical’s orthopaedically trained nurses, physical and occupational therapists along with the surgeons of SUN Orthopaedic Group, Inc. – to centralize orthopaedic care such as spinal surgery, elective joint surgical procedures, and care for simple and complex fractures, sports injuries, cartilage problems and issues associated with joints.
“The demand for orthopaedic surgery continues to grow as people live longer and want to stay active and healthy,” Evangelical President and CEO Michael O’Keefe said. “The new Center provides a seamless continuum of care for all orthopaedic patients, from pre-registration to discharge. It provides dedicated space that maximizes our current building footprint without the cost of adding a separate facility.”
The new rehabilitation gym of the Center is an environment geared toward building strength for recovery, a vital area for orthopaedic patients, many of whom are encouraged to move and re-train the affected joint soon after a procedure. The expanded gym includes new technology and provides greater privacy when working through healing exercises. The gym also introduces a mock kitchen and bathroom for occupational rehabilitation complete with appliances and fixtures to aid patients in preparing for continued healing at home and adaptation of real-world skills in a real-world setting.
“We’re excited to add the Center for Orthopaedics to our comprehensive service offerings. We can’t think of a better way to begin a New Year than by expanding to meet patient needs for a more active lifestyle,” said O’Keefe.
Evangelical Community Hospital is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,300 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 127 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland and Lycoming Counties.