A group of healthcare leaders from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, England, visited the Joint Center at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital on July 24. The team met key leaders and physicians in the hospital, while observing the program firsthand. The Joint Center is considered a “Destination Center” by Stryker Performance Solutions, designating it as a model program for joint replacement surgeries in which there is a high level of quality care and successful outcomes for patients. The Royal Orthopaedic leaders are launching a similar program to lower the length of stay for patients in their hospital. The Kishwaukee Joint Center team has hosted several visitors from across the country and around the world.
The Birmingham team, which included Anesthesiologist Mani Chandran; Transformation Manager Alicia Stanton; Physiologist Chris Aspland; Administrator Marie Raftery; and Nursing Leader Laura Keil, were impressed with the program and the team at Kishwaukee Hospital.
“I couldn’t get over how passionate and enthusiastic everyone was about the program,” says Stanton. “It was clear that the team embraced the key concepts of the program and their outcomes sure showed it.”
“The staff seemed so happy, and clearly displayed their pride and ownership of the program,” says Dr. Chandran. “It was amazing how well the patients looked the day after surgery – and how they were able to walk so far.”
Orthopaedics Coordinator of Total Joint & Spine at Kishwaukee Hospital Dave Smith, DC, PT, arranged for the group to meet with Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital President Jay Anderson; Orthopaedic Surgeon Rajeev Jain, MD, medical director of the Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center; and Director of Physician Operations Todd Barrowclift, DO.
The team also met with representatives from the Operating Room, Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Nursing and other areas within the Joint Center program.
“As the British consumer becomes more informed of healthcare delivery improvements worldwide, the patients become more demanding and seek the highest level of care,” says Dr. Smith. “Patients abroad have become aware that in some areas, total joint patients have the ability to quickly discharge either the same day of surgery or by the next afternoon directly home and to outpatient PT.”
Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center, which specializes in total knee replacement and total hip replacement, discharges 95 percent of its patients directly home and to outpatient physical therapy the day after surgery. The “likely to recommend” rating is more than 90 percent.
The center is the first in Illinois to receive The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacements, attracting attention from national and international audiences of medical providers in the field of joint replacement surgery.