The Cedar Park Regional Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its Joint and Spine Center on the fourth floor of the hospital Aug. 1. The center’s specialized services are a unique program in the greater Austin market, officials said.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, about 125 attendees were present, including officials from the Cedar Park, Leander, Liberty Hill, and Lago Vista chambers of commerce. Cedar Park Mayor and board of trustees member Matt Powell was in attendance as well, and spoke about the hospital’s importance in sparking the economic growth of the region.
Spanning 15 private rooms staffed with specialized nurses and physical therapists, the new hospital wing will be accepting new patients Monday, Aug. 7.
“(The center) is founded on best practices for quality orthopedic care and exceptional satisfaction, and is a very unique multidisciplinary program in the Greater Austin market,” said Brad Holland, CEO. “Our Board of Trustees, associates, physicians, and volunteers were proud to be present for this important milestone in Cedar Park Regional Medical Center’s history.”
Part of the services supplied with the elective orthopedic surgeries includes a pre-operation class to prepare and educate patients for the surgery, said Stacey Williams, orthopedics coordinator.
“Our concept is focusing on the wellness of our patients,” she said. “Patients come and meet us for a pre-op session about a month in advance so they can get their expectations set up right.”
The center focuses on quality indicators, including length of stay, patient mobility, and patient satisfaction. A majority of patients are able to be discharged in fewer than two days, said Laura Balla, director of marketing.
Many of the surgeries patients in the center will typically undergo are hip and knee operations. While many of the patients the center anticipates will be older than 60, there’s been a shift in mindsets in wellness where younger people are seeking orthopedic surgeries, Williams said.
“We take that 36 hours or so with have with the patients and get them to where they’re functioning at a level that they can safely go home,” Williams said. “The key part is we involve the family because they’re going to be the caregivers at home.”
There’s not a program like the Joint and Spine Center in the city, said Scott Smith, co-medical director at Cedar Park Regional Medical Center. “I’ve operated all over the city, and there’s no wing in any hospital dedicated to joint and spine,” he said.
“Every single hospital in the city will do a total joint replacement, but you might have eight surgeons who do it eight different ways,” Williams said. “That might be okay for that doctor and patient, but when you look at it from the whole health care perspective and you start standardizing methods so everybody’s doing things similar ways based on best practices, it’s lower cost and better outcomes for patients.”