25 Hospitals With Great Orthopedic and Spine Programs

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Beebe Medical Center (Lewes, Del.). Eight orthopedic surgeons staff Beebe Medical Center's James P. Marvel, Jr. Orthopaedic Unit, which provides comprehensive orthopedic services. This 150-bed hospital was recently named one of the best hospitals in the nation for orthopedic care by HealthGrades for the fourth year in a row. HealthGrades has also ranked it best on the Delmarva Peninsula for orthopedics four years in a row. Beebe has five-star ratings from HealthGrades for total knee replacement, total hip replacement, hip and fracture repair, back and neck surgery and spine surgery. Founded in 1926, Beebe has more than 200 physicians and practitioners on staff.

Bryn Mawr Hospital (Bryn Mawr, Pa.). The Bryn Mawr Hospital Orthopedic Center, staffed by 13 orthopedic surgeons, performs more than 3,300 procedures annually. This 307-bed hospital received five-star ratings from HealthGrades in orthopedics, joint replacements and hip fracture repair in 2005. The company also ranked it No. 1 in Pennsylvania for overall orthopedic services. In 2008, the hospital's orthopedic center was named a center of excellence by Philadelphia Magazine. In 2009, it won the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality for hip and knee joint replacement. Bryn Mawr Hospital is part of five-hospital Mainline Health, which trains more than 100 residents.

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio).
Cleveland Clinic's Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute utilizes the synergy between these two specialties to enhance patient care. The department offers expert diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for adults and children with bone, joint or connective tissue disorders. It collaborates, in turn, with the clinic's department of engineering at the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Research Center, conducting clinical and basic research programs using clinicians, scientists, engineers and educators. U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cleveland Clinic No. 4 four nationally in orthopedics. With 1,700 salaried staff physicians in 120 specialties and subspecialties, the Cleveland Clinic operates at 10 northeast Ohio hospitals plus affiliates.

Cooper University Hospital (Camden, N.J). After his car accident in 2007, New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine was treated at this 431-bed hospital, for an open femur fracture and severe chest injuries, famously caused by not wearing a seatbelt. The Cooper Bone & Joint Institute recently became the region's Hip Arthroscopy Center of Excellence. The center offers computer navigational joint replacement, scoliosis surgery, arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, meniscal transplantation and premiere sports medicine programs. The hospital is a clinical campus of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Cooper opened a new 10-floor patient pavilion in Dec. 2008.

Eisenhower Medical Center (Rancho Mirage, Calif.). In Eisenhower's state-of-the-art orthopedic surgery suites in its $20 million Andrew Allen Surgical Pavilion, patients' rooms have air flow systems that create sterile environments comparable to "clean" rooms for making computer chips. HealthGrades ranked Eisenhower among the top five hospitals in California for overall orthopedic services in both 2008 and 2009. This 289-bed hospital also received HealthGrades' Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award in both years. The medical center, opened in 1971 on land donated by Bob Hope, is the home of the Betty Ford Center. Eisenhower is now building the $212.5 million Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion, a four-story, 160-bed inpatient facility.

Glenbrook Hospital (Glenview, Ill.). Exciting advances in orthopedic surgery are taking place at this hospital, part of NorthShore University HealthSystem located north of Chicago. William J. Robb III, MD, and Michael O'Rourke, MD, are the first orthopedic surgeons in Illinois trained in a new technology that uses three-dimensional computer graphics and interactive robotic cutting tools to treat patients who suffer from early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the medial knee. Through a 2- to 3-inch keyhole incision, surgeons isolate and remove the arthritic portion of the knee. NorthShore has implemented a wide range of innovative technologies, including electronic medical records. This 143-bed community hospital has 10 ORs.

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York). Founded in 1863, this is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States. The hospital has 162 beds, 28 ORs and performs almost 23,000 procedures a year. It has a highly sought-after orthopedic residency program. In 2004, for example, more than 400 applicants competed for eight positions. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the nation's second-best hospital in orthopedics, after Mayo Clinic, and 24th for neurology and neurosurgery. The hospital runs a trauma center, an arthritis treatment center, a hospice, pain-management program, palliative care, patient-controlled analgesia and wound-management services, according to U.S. News. It has received Magnet recognition for excellence in nursing service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). Orthopedic surgery became a distinct discipline at Penn in 1877. Its McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory stresses interdisciplinary work, focusing on biochemistry and biophysics, bioengineering and fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. In 2009, U.S. News ranked this 618-bed academic medical center 25th in the nation in orthopedics as well as No. 8 in the nation for overall services. The University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal is organized and distributed by residents of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital. Opened in 1765, the hospital founded the nation's first medical school, University of Pennsylania School of Medicine.

Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital (Indianapolis). This single-specialty hospital, opened in 2005, has 37 patient rooms, 10 ORs, 39 pre/post-op rooms and an imaging center with CT, MRI and X-ray scanners. It is staffed by the more than 65 orthopedic specialists in OrthoIndy, the largest private, full-service orthopedic practice in the Midwest. In 1986, OrthoIndy founded the Orthopaedic Research Foundation, which conducts studies to increase the knowledge of musculoskeletal disorders. In 2008, HealthGrades recognized Indiana Orthopedic Hospital as the No. 1 hospital for spinal surgery in Indiana, one of the top five in the state for joint replacement surgery and in the top 5 percent in nation for both joint replacement surgery and spine surgery.

Kansas Spine Hospital (Wichita, Kan.). This facility features 38 beds, four ORs and three procedure rooms. Six spine surgeons, eight orthopedic surgeons and eight general surgeons work in the hospital. It was the first fully-digital hospital in Kansas, the first facility in a seven-state area to offer a 3-tesla MRI and a 16-slice CT scanner, and one of the first in the nation to integrate hospital electronic medical records with physicians' offices. Money magazine has recognized Kansas Spine as one of the best hospitals in the Great Plains region for back and neck surgery. The hospital performed 1,344 admissions, 1,296 inpatient surgeries and 4,782 outpatient surgeries in 2007, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital (Omaha, Neb.). When it opened in 2004, Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital was the first hospital in the region dedicated to the orthopaedic patient. It has eight ORs (expandable to 14), 20 preoperative/recovery swing beds, 10 recovery beds and 24 inpatient rooms (expandable to 36). Its 45 orthopedic surgeons, assisted by 51 registered nurses, perform 7,000 inpatient and outpatient procedures annually. Nebraska Orthopaedic is a joint venture between the Nebraska Medical Center and 27 investing physicians.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia (New York). Charles S. Neer, MD, a pioneer in shoulder surgery, founded the Center for Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine at this medical center in the 1950s and the hospital pioneered hip and knee replacements in the 1960s. The orthopedic surgery program at this 977-bed institution was ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2009. Other orthopedics services include hand and microvascular, pediatrics, spine, sports therapy, orthopedic trauma and tumor and bone disease. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia, composed of Columbia University Medical Center and the Cornell University Weill Medical Center, placed No. 6 on U.S. News' overall ratings in 2009.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Bloomington, Ill.). OSF St. Joseph's Total Joint Replacement Center provides patients with a group education seminar, group physical therapy, an exercise book, home assessment and home care to aid transition, a private room and nurses, therapists, and nursing assistants who specialize in the care of joint patients. Listed as the seventh best orthopedic hospitals in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, this 154-bed hospital is part of part of OSF Healthcare System, which has seven hospitals and nine affiliate hospitals. The hospital received Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2008.

Owensboro Medical Health System (Owensboro, Ky.). HealthGrades ranked Owensboro No. 5 in Kentucky for overall orthopedic services, No. 4 in the state for joint replacements and No. 3 in the state for spine surgery. This 427-bed facility was also one of HealthGrades' distinguished hospitals, meaning that mortality rates were 27 percent lower and major complication rates that were 8 percent lower than at other hospitals. With 3,100 employees, the hospital also operates three outpatient diagnostic centers, a medical-based fitness center, a wound healing center, a cancer center and a clinic for the uninsured.

Prince William Hospital (Manassas, Va.). Prince William prepares joint replacement patients for surgery in a class that takes them through preoperative planning, surgery, discharge and rehabilitation. This 148-bed hospital won disease certification from the Joint Commission for its knee and hip replacement program. HealthGrades named Prince William the best orthopedic surgery hospital in the Washington area in 2008, ranked it fourth in Virginia for overall orthopedics and, for the third consecutive year, awarded it five stars for hip fracture repair. This rapidly expanding facility in the far suburbs of Washington, D.C., is joining Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health.

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). Rush is now opening a five-story, $75 million, 220,000-square-foot orthopedic building, the largest facility devoted to orthopedics in the Midwest. It is staffed by Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a 38-physician practice that is relocating its clinical facilities and physician offices to the new building. The building features 60 examination rooms, six X-ray and imaging suites, an imaging center with CT and two MRIs, full-service physical and occupational therapy facilities, and orthopedics research. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the Rush orthopedics program the best in Illinois and one of the top 15 in the country. Its orthopedic surgeons performed the world's first minimally-invasive hip surgery and pioneered many advances in hip and knee implants.

St. Joseph Hospital of Orange (Orange, Calif.).
Orthopedic surgeons at this 462-bed Catholic hospital in California's Orange County performed the county's first artificial hip, total knee and elbow replacements. More than a decade ago, St. Joseph a pioneered preoperative education program for orthopedic patients, based on the assumption that patients who are prepared before surgery are more independent afterward. And for three years running, U.S. News & World Report has recognized this 462-bed Catholic hospital in California's Orange County for orthopedic care. A new nursing unit exclusively for orthopedic patients opened in 2007. The hospital is part of St. Joseph Health System, the 10th largest not-for-profit health system in the country.

St. Luke's Quakertown Hospital (Quakertown, Pa.). This 62-bed hospital in Upper Bucks County, Pa., has been performing more procedures than ever before. To accommodate this volume, it is planning a Bone & Joint Institute, a 22,000-square foot outpatient building that will house 20 clinicians in the areas of orthopedics, neurosurgery, pain management, rheumatology, physical therapy, podiatry, physiatry, occupational medicine and more. The hospital received the top five-star rating for its orthopedic care from HealthGrades in 2008. St. Luke's Quakertown is part of four-hospital St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network.

St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center (Little Rock, Ark). National recognition of the orthopedic program "isn''t by accident," said President and CEO Peter Banko. The surgeons are top-notch and "our nurses and technicians stay focused on our basic philosophy, ''the patient comes first',"" he said. This 691-bed medical center, the only recipient in Arkansas of the HealthGrades 2009 Distinguished Hospital award, has been ranked No. 1 in the state by HealthGrades for overall orthopedic services five years in a row. St. Vincent has also received the company's Joint Replacement Excellence Award three years in a row, its Spine Surgery Excellence Award two years in a row and its Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award four years in a row. Part of Catholic Health Initiatives, St. Vincent established the first joint replacement unit in Arkansas in 1996. It was the first hospital in the state to perform lumbar disc replacement, in 2004, and computer assisted orthopedic surgery, in 2002.

Sutter Medical Center (Sacramento, Calif.).
Sutter's orthopedic surgeons work in private practices through Sutter Medical Group, Sutter West Medical Group and Sutter Independent Physicians. The hospital, member of 29-hospital Sutter Health, won HealthGrades' Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award in 2008. In addition to surgery, Sutter offers less invasive treatments such as cartilage restoration, laser-assisted surgery and shockwave therapy. Sutter Medical Center is composed of 306-bed Sutter General Hospital, where orthopedics, spine, and neurosurgery take place, and 346-bed Sutter Memorial Hospital, where cardiovascular services, transplants, and women's and children's care takes place.

Texas Spine & Joint Hospital (Tyler, Texas.). This 20-bed, physician-owned hospital is dedicated to spine and orthopedic services, performing more than 16,000 procedures and surgeries a year. In the latest HealthGrades survey, in 2008, it was ranked No. 1 in Texas and in the top 5 percent nationally for spine surgery. Its surgeries have a low infection rate of below 1 percent. "It is the unwavering commitment to quality and safety from our staff and physicians that has made this achievement possible," said Tony Wahl, CEO for hospital. The hospital recently installed the Discovery 750 3T MRI, which allows a quicker higher definition scan. It is one of three in Texas and among 60 in the world.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia). The hospital's Rothman Institute consistently ranks first among orthopedic organizations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. U.S. News & World Report ranked this 957-bed hospital 16th in the nation for orthopedics. The Rothman Institute provides a full range of surgical services, imaging, physical therapy, pain management, an orthotic center and research laboratories at one location. Rothman members are team physicians to the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Eagles and the U.S. Women''s Olympic Gymnastics Team. Thomas Jefferson recently became the first hospital in the state to offer a new device that helps some patients with spinal cord injuries breathe on their own again.


University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa).
The orthopedic program at this 680-bed comprehensive academic medical center is one of the oldest, founded in 1913. U.S. News & World Report ranked it No. 8 in the nation in orthopedics in 2009. Joseph A. Buckwalter, MD, head of the orthopedics department, won the Alfred R. Shands Jr. Award in orthopedics in 2007. The department was also the home of Ignacio Ponseti, MD, the pioneer of a non-surgical clubfoot treatment who died recently at age 95. The medical center has more than 760 staff physicians and dentists, 1,565 nurses and 4,640 other staff.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh). UPMC's orthopedics department accepts the most difficult cases, uses state-of-the-art techniques, offers a wide range of specialty services and conducts vital research in the areas of bone, muscle and joint disorders. It covers all generally available subspecialties as well as concussion baseline assessment, musculoskeletal oncology, mental training and children's orthopedic conditions. The department trains more than 40 residents and maintains five separate research labs, each focused on a separate area, such as stem cell research, and receives millions of dollars in NIH funding. UPMC placed No. 10 on U.S. News' list of best orthopedics hospitals. The organization represents more than 20 hospitals with a total of 4,200 beds, but the flagship institution is 1,602-bed UPMC Presbyterian, which is physically attached to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital (Rochester, N.Y.).
Orthopedic surgeons for adult conditions at the affiliated University of Rochester Medical Center next door often help out their pediatric counterparts at Golisano Children's Hospital. Pediatric orthopedic surgeons on staff include James Sanders, MD, a nationally recognized expert in pediatric orthopedic disorders and spinal deformity. Ranked 25th in the nation in pediatric orthopedics in the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report America''s Best Children''s Hospitals, this 124-bed facility is part of 750-bed Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The hospital was named for billionaire philanthropist Tom Golisano in 2002.

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