60 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic Programs - 4

Salem Hospital (Salem, Ore.). In 2010, Salem Hospital and Hope Orthopedics of Oregon opened the "Active You" Joint Replacement Center of Excellence, which promotes a multidisciplinary approach to orthopedic care. The center includes a gym for rehabilitation, aquatic and sports therapy, and group physical and occupational therapy. Specialists at the hospital focus on treating patients with arthritis, neck and back pain, extremities conditions and sports injuries. The hospital also includes a program for work injury management, which provides services in injury prevention, employee immunization and employee-related testing and assessments.

Santa Monica (Calif.)-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopedic Hospital.
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital is a 315-bed academic medical center. Services include a center for osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease, extremities care, spine surgery, sports medicine and orthopedic oncology. The physicians belong to the "practice of choice" for the UCLA athletic teams and the UCLA Health System is the official health system of the Los Angeles Lakers. The hospital also supports two full-time sports medicine fellowships per year. In addition to providing clinical services, the physicians are also interested in research, which they conduct at the J. Vernon Luck, Sr., MD Orthopaedic Research Center. Research projects include studies on knee ligament reconstruction, tissue engineering and athletic fractures.

Scripps Green Hospital (La Jolla, Calif.).
Founded in 1977, Scripps Green Hospital is connected to the 173-bed Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines that provides more than 50 medical and surgical specialties. The Orthopedic services include hand and elbow reconstruction, joint replacement, foot and ankle care, shoulder surgery, spine surgery and sports medicine. The hospital also includes sports medicine physicians who work with the San Diego Padres, United States Olympic Training Center as well as local high schools. The physicians also emphasize research, conducted through the Shiley Center for Orthopaedic Research and Education, which is known for biological, biomechanical and clinical research. SCORE is home to the physicians who developed the electronic knee implant "e-knee" which is used to learn more about the biomechanics of the knee during the rehabilitation process.

South Nassau Communities Hospital (Oceanside, N.Y.).
The surgeons at South Nassau Communities Hospital are focused on using minimally invasive and arthroscopic technology for orthopedic surgery. Surgeons have access to the da Vinci Robotic Surgery system, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing technique and Uni-Knee partial knee replacement technology. The average length of stay for joint replacement patients at the hospital is three days or less. The hospital also includes a Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy Center that has electromyography, physiatrists and cognitive therapy programs.

St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital (Effingham, Ill.).
Founded in 1875, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital has provided care to its community for more than a decade. Since 2000, the hospital has built an orthopedic department that includes joint replacement, extremities care and spine care. Peter Bonutti, MD, performed the hospital's first live satellite broadcast while performing a minimally invasive total knee replacement, which was viewed by an international audience. The hospital now includes a floor dedicated to private patient rooms and a physical therapy area for orthopedic patients.

St. Helena Hospital (Napa Valley, Calif.).
The Coon Joint Replacement Institute at St. Helena Hospital performs approximately 1,500 joint replacements per year. The average length of stay at the hospital is 1.2 days, which is a national best practice for knee replacements. The orthopedic surgeons have access to advanced technologies, such as the RIO Robotic Arm, for increased precision during orthopedic procedures. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on ABC's Good Morning America for their expertise in orthopedics. High-profile patients, such as Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, have sought out the hospital's orthopedic program for its care. The hospital also includes a fellowship program with specialized training on robotic joint replacement procedures.

St. Joseph Hospital (Orange, Calif.).
St. Joseph Hospital has been providing orthopedic services to its community for more than 30 years. The orthopedic surgeons at the hospital were among the first in the county to perform artificial hip, total knee and elbow replacement surgeries. The hospital has a computer-guided CI Essential System and supports Smart ORs for the performance of minimally invasive procedures. Spine surgeons at the hospital perform more than 900 procedures each year and participate in FDA studies on new technology. An additional 1,075 hip and knee replacements are performed at the hospital each year. In 2007, the hospital opened a new nursing unit exclusively for orthopedic patients that includes space for the patient's families and access to a "Healing Garden."

Stanford University Hospitals & Clinics (Stanford, Calif.).
Orthopedic services at Stanford University Hospitals & Clinics include arthritis and joint replacement, extremities care, musculoskeletal tumors, spine, sports medicine and trauma. The hospital includes equipment to perform minimally invasive and computer-assisted surgery for arthritic disorders of the hip, knee and shoulder. The spine surgeons are also able to provide minimally invasive procedures, percutaneous surgical techniques, total disc replacement and fracture stabilization. The sports medicine physicians include the head team orthopedist for Stanford University Football and team physicians for the San Francisco 49ers, US Ski Team and the Golden State Warriors.

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital.
Tampa General Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in the region boasting 1,004 beds and approximately 6,700 employees. The hospital's orthopedic trauma, knee, hip and shoulder replacement programs have received disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission. In the joint center, the surgeons perform less invasive procedures using the MAKOplasty computer assisted surgical technology. The hospital also includes a 30-bed orthopedic trauma care center, where specialists treat extremity fractures, limb sparing surgery on cancer patients and complex limb replacements.

Texas Orthopedic Hospital (Houston).
Texas Orthopedic Hospital opened in 1995 and is partnered with Fondren Orthopedic Group, one of the largest orthopedic physician groups in the city. Services include orthopedic trauma, joint replacement, spine surgery and sports medicine. In addition to inpatient and outpatient surgery, the hospital includes rehabilitation, aquatic therapy, diagnostic imaging and a spinal diagnostic and treatment center. Surgeons in the spine center focus on minimally invasive procedures for treating back pain.

Thomas Jefferson Hospital (Philadelphia).
Established in 1825, Thomas Jefferson Hospital has an orthopedic surgery department that includes 50 board-certified physicians. Services include hip and knee, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine and sports medicine care. There are approximately 1,000 cases of spinal injury treated at TJH annually and the surgeons are at the forefront of minimally invasive surgical techniques. The hospital’s joint replacement program services more than 6,500 patients annually. Physicians at the hospital are team physicians for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.).
Founded in 2002, the Tulsa Spine & Specialty Hospital is a 130,000-square-foot medical center and anchor for the newly-developed Olympia Medical Park complex. Beyond spine surgery, services at the hospital include orthopedics, pain management, general and plastic surgery, ophthalmology and gynecology. The hospital has the da Vinci system, which assists surgeons in minimally invasive surgical procedures. The hospital has received several recognitions, including the Spine Surgery Excellence Award from HealthGrades in 2011.

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